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Riley and the Watch

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The Top 10 Greatest, 

Bestest Christmas Songs of All Time

Definitive

Here's some prose delivered like a pizza- not especially nutritious, but easy to consume in tasty bites with just enough wholesome content to satisfy.

Remember when a song was an artistic arrangement of dozens of orchestral elements enhanced, not overshadowed, by perfect vocals. Well, here it is, with a festive glow from all those chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Doesn’t matter that no one has done that in decades. This one stands the test of time.

10. The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole

8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,

Michael Buble

9. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree,

Brenda Lee

It’s like the Fonz, Richie, Ralph and Potzie dropped by for a Christmas visit. Brenda's unique, raspy vocals hit all the notes just right, plus, we get a bonus saxophone solo. Saxy and sexy.

Sit back, close your eyes, and imagine the full orchestra pulling together a musical achievement right before your ears. Many different artists have lent endearing qualities to their own rendition of this classic without taking anything away from the spirit of the Judy Garland original.

7. Maybe This Christmas, Ron Sexsmith

6. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas, Burl Ives

5. Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, The Irish Rovers

4. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,

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You’ve never heard of it? Add it to your Christmas playlist and you won’t be sorry. It’s a moving, hopeful song about what Christmas should be about: forgiveness, letting go of old grievances and re-connecting with love and loved ones lost.

Too sappy to make the cut? No way! Burl's vocal styling and unabashed cheeriness evoke the same warmth that comes to mind with thoughts of Christmases long past, when visitors came to our otherwise modest home with a mahogany-paneled living room (real mahogany, not fake wood 70s paneling) and an oversized  fireplace (real wood burning, with a chimney Santa could have actually slid down) where Dad served me a single shot glass of beer. It tasted terrible but I got to have a holly jolly Christmas with the grownups.

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Admit it. It’s funny. Darned hilarious when you factor in the comic timing and cadence in the delivery, in addition to the lyrics. With all due respect to the grandmas out there, it does poke fun at our darker side in the most light-hearted way.

...it needs a choir belting it out in a glorious cathedral to do it justice. And when you hear it that way, it lifts the soul, invigorates the senses, and could turn even the most ardent atheist into a spiritual devotee ever grateful that Jesus inspired it.

3. Feliz Navidad, Jose Feliciano

Christmas should have its toe-tapping, feel-great moments, and never has a simple greeting been so much fun to share. Jose’s fluid, melodic, rolling vocals make us non-Spanish speakers wish we could.

And not just any Blue Christmas, it has to be Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas. No other version will do. No one can top Elvis's velvety vocals backed with beautiful harmonies that also evoke images of a mahogany-paneled living room with a real fireplace casting a warm glow on a room full of happy visitors, all exuding Christmas cheer, even if it is blue.

1. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley

2. When the Lights Come on at Christmas,

(London's own) Glenn Bennett

This uplifting song is best known as the feature piece at the annual London tradition of the "Lighting of the Lights" in Victoria Park. Every year, his performance is the official kick off to Christmas spirit in our town. Thank you, Glenn, for the unforgettable joy you've given to so many.

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