questionsin your opinion the best christmas song is.....?

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Most of them...except for some of the newer stuff.

Of coure, it's just my opinion.

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Hard to choose just one. So here's 5.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as sung by Judy Garland, kills me every time.
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer
Straight No Chaser's version of 12 Days of Christmas
Muppets and John Denver version of 12 Days of Christmas
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) by the Ramones

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Baby, It's Cold Outside (Mercer)

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The best music piece, IMO, is Christmas Eve in Sarajevo 12/24 by Transiberian Orchestra. Since there are no lyrics, I don't think it qualifies as a song, though. So the best traditional song I would say is O Holy Night. My favorite more modern one is Another Christmas Song by Jethro Tull.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKjdIqcEbRo&noredirect=1

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I also love the Muppets and John Denver version of 12 Days of Christmas...

Hall & Oates version of Jingle Bell Rock...

Jingle Jangle by the Penguins...

Sleigh Ride by Andy Williams...

and Disco Santa by Holiday Express.... listen to the lyrics of the second half of the song, hilarious....

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@moondrake: I wasn't aware Jethro Tull had done a Christmas album. Guess my collection is going to gain another album.

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I'm probably alone here, but I've always really liked Christmas in Killarney.

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@tarasadies: For funny stuff my favorite is I am Santa Claus by Bob Rivers and Twisted Christmas.

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"O Holy Night"

I think it's the most beautiful and complex "Christmas" song out there. Based on the range of notes, it's also challenging. I've only heard it done well a handful of times. Lots of singers are able to sing it, but no one singer can sing it the way a massive choir does.

The emotional power of that "Fall on your knees; O hear the angel voices!" line should immediately make you weep and/or fall to your knees. I love when a song hits you in the gut like that.

I remember an episode of Frasier when Frasier and Niles are trying to get Martin to sing that high note ("Divine") in the second chorus. They trained Eddie to shove his head under a pillow when Martin butchers that note.

Another time I remember hearing it was in Home Alone. Macaulay Culkin's character goes to the church because he is all alone on Christmas and hears the choir singing the song. The old neighbor he was scared of introduces himself and they form a new friendship that pays off later. Great scene.

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@curtisuxor: Agreed! The solos are great - don't get me wrong, but choirs if they know their stuff, make Christmas carol sound a lot better.

..though that doesn't stop me from soloing O Holy Night every chance I get. I keep it to myself in the car though, I'm not sure I want to subject anyone else to my singing.

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@pooflady: I'm not sure who sings it, but my all-time favorite Christmas Song is a version of Christmas in Killarney that my dad has on an audio reel. It's a kind of goofy version but it's pure nostalgia for me.

I'm glad someone else knows this song.

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@figgers3036: Haha, I'm totally the same. I absolutely butcher that song when I sing it, but it's so fun trying to hit that high note. I have to hold my nose to get close. What is really appealing about the song, to me, are the key changes every few verses. Songs like "12 days of Christmas" are so mind-numbingly boring I ho-ho-hope I get an aneurysm.

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Fairytale Of New York by The Pogues.

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My personal favorite is the "Christmas time is here" - Vince Guaraldi Trio Instrumental version followed closely by "Somewhere in my memory" main title from Home Alone. Gives me goosebumps! Merry Christmas :)

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Love
"O Holy Night"

Other faves
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear"
"What Child is This"
"O Little Town of Bethlehem"