Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!
This week’s TTT topic is actually a Freebie. I wracked my brain trying to come up with something book-related and Christmas-related but every idea I thought of will be covered in the next couple of Top Ten Tuesday posts, so I decided to stick with a Christmas theme but venture off into the land of music. One of the things I love most about Christmas is the music. Almost every carol I hear brings back childhood holiday memories and hearing the music just always makes me smile. Just like with my taste in books, my taste in music is pretty eclectic. I love all of the old classic Christmas tunes, but I’m also a pretty big fan of some of the more modern versions of songs. I thought it would be fun today to share some of my favorite carols with you. The ones I’ve picked are specifically my favorite versions of the carols as well since I know they have all been covered by plenty of different artists.
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My Top 10 Favorite Christmas Carols
1. SANTA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN (Bruce Springsteen)
2. MERRY CHRISTMAS, BABY (Bruce Springsteen)
I’m sure those first two picks come as no surprise to those who know me and how much of a huge Springsteen fan I am, lol.
3. WINTER WONDERLAND (Tony Bennett)
4. IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR (Andy Williams)
Andy Williams is the first name that comes to mind when anyone mentions Christmas music to me.
His Christmas albums are actually the first holiday songs I can ever remember listening to as a child.
5. AVE MARIA (Andy Williams)
This is the only song on my list that makes me cry every time I hear it. It brings back wonderful memories of baking Christmas cookies with my grandmother. This was her favorite song and she would always sing it while we baked. When she passed away, my family had it playing at her memorial service and so it conjures up so many feelings every time I hear it now.
6. HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS (Lou Rawls)
There are so many beautiful renditions of this song (Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, The Pretenders, etc.), but this rendition from Lou Rawls has always been my favorite.
7. SLEIGH RIDE (Ella Fitzgerald)
8. CAROLING, CAROLING – CHRISTMAS BELLS ARE RINGING (Nat King Cole)
9. CHRISTMAS – BABY, PLEASE COME HOME (U2)
10. CAROL OF THE BELLS (Mormon Tabernacle Choir)
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