18
Dec
08

Christmas Music

I used to be one of those people who detested Christmas music. To me Christmas music meant those awful Boney M and Mariah Carey seasonal albums that I have had to suffer through at one point or another.

But then I was forced to revise my opinion since my favourite male singer Peter Jöback was releasing a Christmas album. And I couldn’t not like that! Thankfully, I was (and still am) very impressed with the album. It is a well produced collection of Christmas standards and new songs.

Since then, I have developed a love for Christmas music.  Not all of it, of course, but many artists that I like have either recorded a song or a whole album at some time in their career.

There have been three Christmas albums that have been getting regular airplay with me.  “Christmas Wish” (2007) from Olivia Newton-John.  “Merry Christmas…Have A Nice Life!” (1998) from Cyndi Lauper.  And “En god jul och ett gott nytt år” (2008) from Peter Jöback – his second Christmas album.

I have also put together a couple of compilation CDs of my favourite Christmas songs.

  • It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas – Carl Riseley
  • Underneath The Same Sky – Olivia Newton-John
  • Joseph (Better You Than Me) – The Killers with Elton John and Neil Tennant
  • Must Be Santa – Alma Cogan
  • Another Christmas – Michael Johns
  • Änglar i snön – Peter Jöback
  • Christmas Day – Dido
  • Christmas Cards – Alma Cogan
  • Winter Wonderland – Eurythmics
  • Den lille trumslagerpojken/Fred på jord – Peter Jöback and Plura
  • Hey Santa (Bring My Baby Back) – Jake Hook
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Carl Riseley
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas – Shirley Clamp
  • A Christmas Duel – Cyndi Lauper and The Hives
  • All I Want For Christmas Is You – Dean Geyer
  • Min bön (The Prayer) – Peter Jöback and Sarah Dawn Finer
  • Silent Night – Cyndi Lauper
  • Arrival – Sarah Brightman
  • Gott nytt år – Peter Jöback

Here’s another CD I put together a couple of years ago.

  • Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Cher with Rosie O’Donnell
  • I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day – A-Teens
  • It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas – Pet Shop Boys
  • All Alone On Christmas – Darlene Love
  • Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
  • I’m Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek – The Go-Go’s
  • Santa Baby – Kylie Minogue
  • Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Nicki French
  • (I Want A) Rockin’ Christmas – Ol’ 55
  • Run Rudolph Run – Lulu
  • I Saw Mummy Kissing Santa Claus – Lene Lovich
  • Christmas On My Mind – Hep Stars
  • Last Christmas – Darren Hayes
  • Walking In The Air – Peter Auty
  • O Holy Child – Dusty Springfield
  • Beautiful Christmas – Harpo
  • Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid II
  • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon

And one of Swedish Christmas songs.

  • Kul i jul – Nanne
  • Jag kommer hem igen till jul – Peter Jöback
  • När det lider mot jul – Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  • Stilla natt – Nanne
  • Ave Maria – Peter Jöback
  • Bjällerklang (Jingle Bells) – Agnetha & Linda
  • Betlehems stjärna (Gläns över sjö och strand) – Helen Sjöholm & Anna Stadling
  • Decembernatt (Halleluja) – Peter Jöback
  • Låt mig få tända ett ljus – Siv Pettersson
  • Midnatt råder – Nanne
  • Gå inte förbi – Peter Jöback & Sissel
  • Gläns över sjö och strand – Anni-Frid Lyngstad
  • Nu star jul vid snöig port – Agnetha & Linda
  • Stilla natt (Silent Night) – Peter Jöback
  • Guds frid i gode vise män – Helen Sjöholm & Anna Stadling
  • Jag tror på dig – Peter Jöback & Eva Dahlgren
  • Det sista vi har kvar (Happy Xmas – War Is Over) – Ainbusk
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