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ten on tuesday. the holiday playlist.

…today Carole asked us for our ten favorite holiday albums. I took it one step further and narrowed it down to my ten favorite songs. for 2012. I started the top 10 playlist back in 2007 when I first did Shimelle’s Journal Your Christmas (she had a prompt about christmas music). I had a longer list in 2010 and I made an 11 for 2011 list last year. but I’ve never really blogged about the list. til now. thanks Carole!

the view from iTunes

in no particular order (because – of course?! – I play it on shuffle):

1. White Christmas, by Bing himself. from his Merry Christmas album, the one where he’s sporting a Santa hat on the cover. I remember this one stacked right on top of Johnny Mathis on the phonograph when I was growing up.

2. Winter Wonderland, by Johnny Mathis. from his Merry Christmas album, the one where he’s sporting the ski attire.

3. Ave Maria, by Luciano Pavarotti. from O holy night (a CD I’ve purchased more than once). opera light for Christmas.

4. O Holy Night, by Celine Dion. from These Are Special Times. her voice is one of the few that can do this song justice.

5. Sleigh Ride, by Kenny G. from his Faith album (I also have Miracles and it’s just as good). thanks, I’m sure to the “new” Miracle on 34th Street, this one recalls New York City and twinkle lights.

6. River, by Sarah McLachlan, from Starbucks’ 2006 holiday album. not particularly happy for sure, but I love her voice and there’s something heart-pulling about the lyrics that I love.

I think those six songs have been on all my holiday playlists and I’d gladly listen to those six albums over and over (which I did today, just making sure).

and now the other four.

7. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, by Michael Buble from his Christmas album. I was so glad he released an album (and a Christmas special!) last year. I like everything on that album, but this song rounded out my list in a “little” way.
8. Glasgow Love Theme, from the Love Actually soundtrack. I added this last year…maybe because Love Actually is secretly Marc’s favorite holiday movie and I’ve seen it at least two dozen times. this theme is one of my favorite parts (well, except for when colin firth proposes. or the closing scene in the airport).
9. Winter, by Joshua Radin from An Indie Christmas, part II. I thank Sara for this one because she put this album in my iTunes, but I just stumbled across the song this year…something about the lyrics…sad, yet sweet…with the melody and of course sung by him. I wonder what I’ll think about this one next year?
10. Angels We Have Heard on High, by Andrea Bocelli from his My Christmas album. this is one of my favorite songs to sing on Christmas Eve. I only wish I could sing it like he does.
Looking forward to seeing what’s on your playlist this year!
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4 Comments

  • Kym

    All wonderful songs, Mary! It wouldn't be Christmas without them. (And I love the Glasgow Love Theme — AND Love, Actually. Tom loves it, too.)

  • Honoré

    Oh, these all sound so wonderful…Of those I recognize: #1, #2 – I so-o remember Johnny Mathis from my teen years – spent many an hour listening to him; #3, #4, #7 and #10. I'll have to check the others out.
    Merry listening!
    Cheers~

  • Lydia

    i'll have to give these a listen, our lists definitely would not have been the same. i'm really loving toby mac's "christmas this year" makes me bop my head!