Day 10- The Tipsies Top Tunes for Christmas
Obviously it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the world. People are rushing around, shopping for their loved ones, planning and attending parties, writing Santa Claus, and of course listening to as much Christmas music as they can before the radio stations stop playing, they put away their CDs, records, and Spotify playlists for 10 months.
We, at The Tipsy Verse, are no different and have compiled a list of some of our favorite songs that get us in the Christmas spirit. By no means is this a conclusive list, as we could probably suggest at least another 10…each. Also, this list is in no particular order…
Do You Hear What I Hear?
This holiday classic was written in 1962 and has been covered by countless artists ever since. This version is by The Harry Simeone Chorale, who are credited with making it the popular carol we know and love today.
While the Bing Crosby version is a classic and should always be played during the holidays, the version by The Drifters is a fun variant to Bing’s slow crooning. This doo-wop version was featured in Home Alone during the oh so memorable aftershave scene, as well as The Santa Clause with Tim Allen.
Baby It’s Cold Outside
This is another classic that has been covered time and time again. When we were discussing which version to feature, She & Him seemed to win out amongst the Tipsies. It’s an interesting take on the song, and the video is pretty funny when you think about the stalker/captive connotations that the lyrics have.
I am partial to an old fashioned version like Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer version myself…
The Christmas Waltz
When Michelle mentioned The Christmas Waltz, I couldn’t quite place it, but as soon as I looked it up I knew exactly what she was talking about and I agree that it is one of the best songs out there. There is something about a waltz that just makes you feel like you are dancing… must be that three-quarter time.
12 Days of Christmas
There are plenty of versions of this song and a lot of them are great, but hands down my favorite version is by the amazing a cappella group Straight, No Chaser. I mean, anyone who can slide Toto’s Africa in a Christmas song is OK by me!
Carol of the Bells
I think just about everyone in existence can agree that The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s version of anything is the most epic version of any song. We specifically chose their version of Carol of the Bells for that very reason. I don’t know about you, but when I listen to this song I feel like I’m at a rock concert and ready to head bang and or crowd surf. There is something magical and amazing about an orchestra that has an electric guitars and electric violins.
This is definitely not a song that most people will hear on the radio during the holiday season, but it doesn’t make it any less special. This song was written for and featured in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. The scene takes place in the club car of the train traveling from Florida to Vermont by way of New York. It’s with this song that Phil (Danny Kaye) convinces Bob (Bing Crosby) to travel onto Vermont to follow the Haynes Sisters (played by the classy Rosemary Clooney and talented Vera-Ellen) to Vermont. They set up a little scene with napkins and garnish and it’s beautiful.
(Interesting fact: Vera-Ellen did not sing for herself… let’s be honest, she was hired for her amazing dancing ability…
Baby! It’s Christmas
Personally I had not heard this song until Ashleigh told me about it; but it is such a fun, feel-good, up-beat holiday song. When I hear this song I imagine I am walking/dancing down the street filled with Christmas lights.
There is something about this song that makes me nostalgic. It reminds me of my family piling in the car and driving out to my granparents’ houses on Christmas day. We would always listen to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas album on Christmas day, multiple times. When I hear this song I can see the Christmas decorations on the street where each of my grandparents’ lived. I get the sensation of being bundled up in a winter coat, exhausted by the day’s events, with my face pressed against the back seat window staring up at the starry skies. For me, there is something truly magical about this song.
Speaking of Bing Crosby… paired up with The Andrews Sisters to perform and record this tropical Christmas anthem. I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t mind saying Mele Kalikimaka on Maui on December 25th this year, or any year in the future…
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Even though this takes us over ten songs… this had to make the list. We are all girls that were brought up during the hey-day of the boy band in the 90s and can agree Justin, Chris, Joey, Lance, and JC rocked the holiday season with Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
Do you agree with our list? Are there some tunes that you think should be on the list? Let us know!