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10 Favourite Christmas Songs by MJ

Yes, it is Christmas and time to blog about something that makes it feel like Christmas. It’s MJ’s 10 favourite Christmas songs! After reading my list, I’d love to read comments on everyone else’s favourite Christmas songs and why.

Below is my list and I will openly admit it is completely biased due to my Canadian upbringing and my age.


Sint Bavo Church in Haarlem. Photo credits to guest photographer Michal Sulak.


1. Do They Know it’s Christmas by Band Aid

My all-time favourite, and only the original will do. When it was released, it was mesmerizing that all these famous musicians came together to sing for a cause.


2. The River by Joni Mitchell, though Sarah McLaughlin’s is a close second.

The first time I heard this song I was already in my 30s - it was Sarah McLaughlin’s version and I loved it immediately. Then I learned it was a Joni Mitchell song and went in search of her version. When I found it I thought it was so beautiful.

3. Elf’s Lament by Barenaked Ladies

The entire Barenaked for the Holidays album probably ranks as a family favourite Christmas album. It is full of unique covers/remakes and completely new Christmas songs. This song in particular guides the listener to consider the people who are making all these Christmas gifts. Have we considered the costs of the gifts we give and ask for?


4. Christmas Baby, Please Come Home by Darlene Love, U2’s cover, but Jon Bonjovi’s cover is a close second

Both Bono and Jon have great voices for this song. They sing it so passionately.


5. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, Madonna’s cover

There is nothing like Madonna doing a flirty song. She does it so well.


6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus written by Tommie Connor, the John Cougar cover

John Cougar’s version is my favourite. Who doesn’t love a fun song that sparks a child’s imagination?


7. Carol of the Bells composed by Mykola Leontovych, original lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky

The girl introduced this one to me, or should I say, pointed out I always knew the song, but not the name. It is a part of every Christmas and I didn’t even realize it. I can’t decide which version I like best, but I might say Lindsey Stirling’s. However, that might be just because the video was so well done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKkzbbLYPuI&ab_channel=LindseyStirling.

Although the video of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra version set to Christmas lights is really enjoyable to watch too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GufRiBUZQPc&ab_channel=TomBetGeorge


8. The Twelve Days of Christmas, who it is by originally is a complicated story you can read on Wikipedia, but I like the Bob and Doug McKenzie remake.

Okay, okay, it’s probably because of my Canadian roots and the fun people who first shared this album with my mom, sister, and I, but it’s enjoyable!


9. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Randy Brooks performed by Elmo

This one made the list out of nostalgia. It’s just a fun song and it reminds me of being a kid believing in Santa and sharing it with my grandparents.


10. Fairy Tale of New York by The Pogues

This song is on the list for the hubby because I couldn’t narrow down the tenth position between my next 3 cheesy favourites, which are probably here because of how often all of us hear them and they remind us Christmas is coming.

· You Make Me Feel Like Christmas, Neil Diamond

· All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

· Last Christmas by Wham


Had to throw this album in. My friend Katie Weston was the French horn player in The Trillium Brass Quintet when this album was produced. It would make my top 10 album list alongside Barenaked for the Holidays. It was quite impressive. As far as Katie and I know the quintet disbanded. Does anyone know what happened to them?


Next week we can discuss our favourite Christmas movies, or movies that mean Christmas is coming. In the meantime, I look forward to hearing everyone’s favourite songs either in a private message, a comment below on the blog, on Facebook, or on Instagram.

#christmas #kerst #christmassongs #BarenakedfortheHolidays @barenakedladiesmusic @michalsulak_nl

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