• Lori

    The Muppets with John Denver, hands down the best Christmas memory-maker.

  • http://www.deadjournal.com/users/aerosol_jar Katia

    I doubt if you’ll read this far, Dooce, but my all-time favorite christmas song is…….

    FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK!!!!!!!!!!!

    (being a NYer, I am not biased at all).

    It’s by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl and whenever I hear it I have fond memories of working in a chavvy cafe in northern ireland making fry ups and being depressed.

    But now through the haze of nostalgia I realize it was kind of fun :)

    So yeah, Fairytale of New York is beautiful. Christmas isnt christmas without it.

  • The

    John Denver and the Muppets.

  • http://tsheva.deviantart.com Tracye

    Mahilia Jackson and Mariah Carey. This is all.

  • http://mightymarce.blogspot.com Marcy

    Years ago when purchasing my very own christmas music I found a cd of John Denver and The Muppets singing christmas carols. Yes, really. I bought it b/c I love the muppets. I would say it is at least a bit nutty. I have no idea if you could still find it in stores, but I could burn a cd and send it your way.

  • Cortney

    As I was reading I thought I’d recommend the Merry Mixmas album, I’ve heard many songs from it on Yahoo LaunchCast’s Holiday Lounge station – only to finish your post and discover that won’t be necessary.

    Another Christmas album I like is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Soundtrack. It has a lot off fun songs on it including “Christmas is Going to the Dogs” by Eels. I’m sure Chuck and Coco will love it! ;0)

    If I don’t comment again in the next 16 days, have a wonderful Christmas! Love the your site. Keep it up.

  • Terroni

    On a sort of (which is to say, not really) related note…are you familiar with David Sedaris’ 6 to 8 Black Men? If not, you must go find this reading for yourself. Immediately.

  • http://geezlouize.com Heather

    Harry Connick Jr.!! He has tons of Christmas music out, but I prefer the older ones. They make you want to grab your children and dance around the house. :)

  • tamaran17

    If you are looking for something with an acoustic flair and a bit of jazz-ish touch to it. Check out Peter Mayer’s Stars and Promises Alive or Echos of the Season. He is an amazingly talented musician. http://www.petermayer.com

  • http://verygeorge.com GEORGE!

    Mabes always plays Mariah Carey’s Christmas album, I know it’s Christmas time whenever I hear MC belting “All I Want For Christmas is You” at the top of her lungs… and I will transfer that memory on to George Lawrence Boone the 2nd whenever he is born.

  • thenshewaslike

    My absolute favorite Christmas album is the one on constant rotation at my parents’ home, The Bells of Dublin by the Chieftains. It has an amazing list of contributors, a nice mix of traditional and not so traditional, and my two favorite non-traditional Christmas songs EVER. The first is “The Rebel Jesus” by Jackson Browne, and the second is an Elvis Costello song called “The St Stephen’s Day Murders.” Yes, one of my favorite holiday songs is about murdering family members. And what?

    And now that I’m thinking about it, I have to find it on the internet and listen to the whole thing.

  • Cortney

    As I was reading I thought I’d recommend the Merry Mixmas album, I’ve heard many songs from it on Yahoo LaunchCast’s Holiday Lounge station – only to finish your post and discover that won’t be necessary.

    Another Christmas album I like is the “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Soundtrack. It has a lot off fun songs on it including “Christmas is Going to the Dogs” by Eels. I’m sure Chuck and Coco will love it! ;0)

    If I don’t comment again in the next 16 days, have a wonderful Christmas! Love the your site. Keep it up.

  • Amanda

    “The Polar Express” soundtrack is really fun, and has some peppy, wacky songs (Hot Chocolate).
    Love it.

  • k.

    It’s never Christmas for me without the Beach Boys’ Christmas album that I heard every year as a kid. It’s pretty ridiculous, which makes it fabulous.

  • Ashley

    John Denver and the Muppets . . .we used to listen to it every Christmas on our drive from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC to visit my grandparents. . . .i.e. that was the only music played for the 3h+ drive!

  • http://bleach226.wordpress.com bleachusd

    I’m adding a vote for Bob Rivers’ Twisted Christmas albums. Hilarious. My earliest memories of Christmas “carols” include “There’s Something Stuck Up in the Chimney.”

  • http://www.wehavebigplans.blogspot.com Becki

    SUFJAN STEVENS!!!

    Any and all of his Christmas songs! I can’t live with out him.

    And I have a nostalgic soft spot in my heart for Mannheim Steamroller because that’s what we always used to listen to when I was little while we would decorate the tree.

  • rachael

    I am all for old Disney albums, Muppets/John Denver and Dr. Demento for “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas.”

  • Andrea

    BareNaked for the Holidays from BareNaked Ladies!

  • Cate

    Barenaked for the Holidays – Barenaked Ladies

    Chestnuts Roastin’ – Nat King Cole

    The ORIGINAL How The Grinch Stole Christmas, because “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is only the most wonderfully descriptively disgusting and nutty song EVER.

  • http://www.trustypony.com TrustyPony

    My vote: John Denver and the Muppets Christmas for Leta. (Save yourself. Those squeaky chimpmunks combined with the frustrated cry of “Alvin!” would drive me over. the. edge.) My Pal God Holiday Records are a unique take on the traditional. The first one has covers including Wham!’s “Last Christmas” and “Feed the World.” Some songs definitely more kid-appropriate than others, though. You may not want Leta going around singing “Please, Daddy, Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas” for example.

  • Lissa

    I don’t know if this has been mentioned by anyone (too many replies to wade through), but if you seriously want nutty silly fun sing-along Christmas music, search iTunes for “Christmas Novelty Hits.” You’ll turn up an iTunes Essentials compilation album (left column). It has some of my all-time favorite Christmas songs. I have most of them on a variety of CDs, and have taken them all to family gatherings at some point or other. They’ve been a hit with nearly everyone, young and old (although a warning: some are naughty, but since one of my personal life goals is to be a bad influence on impressionable kids, I don’t care). Some of the songs include:

    “Christmas With The Devil” – Spinal Tap
    “I Farted On Santa’s Lap” – The Little Stinkers
    “Holy Shit, It’s Christmas” – Red Peters
    “Chipmunks Roasting On An Open Fire” – Bob Rivers
    “I Want An Alien For Christmas” – Fountains of Wayne
    “Christmas In Las Vegas” – Richard Cheese
    “Leroy the Redneck Reindeer” – Joe Diffie
    etc, etc.

    Lots of fun!

  • http://mightymarce.blogspot.com Marcy

    (wow, am reading through the comments, had no idea there were so many fellow John Denver and the muppets fans! lol)

  • Tania

    The Dino Martinis
    50,0000 Santa Fans can’t be wrong

    You may like the track: “Chocolate for Breakfast” as well as all the other hilarious tracks.

  • Karo

    Oh, I meant to add that it might be more of an adult album than for the kiddies…

  • Tess

    Has anyone mentioned Jewel’s Christmas CD yet? Not silly or funky, but beautiful.

  • http://www.vseyler.blogspot.com Tori

    I’m sure someone else mentioned it, but I’m not going to flip through the hundreds of comments to make sure. So forgive if I’m being repetitive…but Gayle Peevey singing, “I want a hippotomas for Christmas” is as quirky as you can get!

  • Anna M
  • http://justbetweenstrangers.blogspot.com/ acm

    well, if you want to conjure the Essence of Christmas without getting too commercial or making yourself crazy, I recommend two specific CDs (heh, I have them as tapes) — the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing carols (probably the year doesn’t matter) and Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. they’ll just sound like Christmas to you every time.

  • Christen

    Acoustic guitar Christmas music. Beautiful, classic and it benefits a good cause!

    Check out http://www.musicfordecember.com/order.php

    A portion of every sale goes to help Easter Seals as they continue their work with severely handicapped and autistic children.

  • http://neighbour.livejournal.com Anneliese

    We listen to Roger Whittaker’s Christmas album. If you google him, you’ll find to his credits that not only is he probably the hokiest person I have ever beheld, but he is also an avid “whistler”. Sounds like Christmas to me.

    http://www.rogerwhittaker.com/

  • Kristen

    There have been a number of suggestions for the boney m christmas album. just reading these has today brought back the indelible memory of my mother dancing/shuffling around the living room to the boney m album blasting on the record player/giant TV console thing (“mary’s boy child jesus christ was born on christmas day..”), kinda hammered, with our horrified miniature schnauzer in her arms. this was pretty much an annual event. just a warning.

    or chuck might be into it, i dont know.

  • alicat

    John Denver’s chrismas has some classics (Pls daddy don’t get drunk this christmas”)

    But more seriously – the Fats Domino christmas album is really great! May be hard to find but it is worth it!

  • http://www.thetrailerpark.org Evan

    That’s easy. I’ve written the best Christmas song ever! It’s called Christmas Heart and Soul.

    You can download it here.

    http://thetrailerpark.org/Music/christmasheartandsoul.mp3

  • Sara

    I’m imagining you stopped checking comments past #1billion, but if not, I have 2 suggestions:

    A John Waters Christmas – has the weirdest mix of soon to be classics like “Santa Claus Is A Black Man” and “Here Comes Fatty Claus” among others.

    And “Hear the Holidays” (I have vol. 2) is a series put out by Virgin records, I think that has a good a quirky mix (Esquivel, El Vez, and James Brown).

    Enjoy!!

  • Kate

    Click on pandora.com and create your own streaming holiday mix. It’s free and it’s fabulous.

  • http://www.babykate05.blogspot.com Paula

    Ottmar Liebert – Christmas & Santa Fe. It’s beautiful classical guitar Christmas music and when I get sick off all the standards it’s the one thing I put on to restore us to sanity. It’s calming yet energizing and whenever I put it on in mixed company people want to know the CD. Good luck!

  • Michelle

    I’ve always liked that Eagles song – I’ll be home for Christmas or something like that…and who doesn’t love Last Christmas by Wham!

    OR, maybe there’s a kids Christmas album. I know my nieces (5 & 3) love hearing kids sing. Me, not so much. But it is sute when I hear them sing, “We wish you a VERY Christmas…”

  • http://www.neurosa.com Gry

    I second the Cyndi Lauper Christmas album! :)

  • http://www.indecision2008.com darcy

    I did not read all the comments – I am a jerk but if no one has suggested: A Colbert Christmas – The Greatest Gift of All, then they really really really really really should have.

    Order it on iTunes, you will love Christmas like never before- http://ax.itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/browserRedirect?url=itms%253A%252F%252Fax.itunes.apple.com%252FWebObjects%252FMZStore.woa%252Fwa%252FviewAlbum%253Fid%253D296547775%2526s%253D143441

  • http://fatpinkhippo.wordpress.com Enna Stein

    I dunno…Dean Martin kind of makes Christmas for me. I guess I am not that kookie. Except when I have kids, it will seem kookie that their mother listens to something that we out of style about a decade before she was born.

  • http://one80three60.blogspot.com 180/360

    During college, I had a short stint working at Dillards and had to listen to the Chipmunks Christmas Album all day long for 3 months straight. I felt like I was going absolutely mental and besides the fact that it sucks to peddle bedding and towels, it’s fair to say I quit solely because of that album.

    Aside from that… I’m partial to Bing Crosby’s White Christmas, which I realize makes me sound like a total geriatric, but I grew up listening to it on vinyl every year, and it wouldn’t feel like Christmas without him crooning in the background.

    That said, I’m definitely going to have to check out Sufjan Stevens. :_

  • Becka

    We always listen to the John Denver/Muppets Christmas CD. Except we skip most of the John Denver songs and listen to the Muppet interpretations of Christmas classics like ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’ and some other ones I don’t know the names of. The comments by the muppets throughout the songs are pretty darn funny. Slightly nutty, but still real Christmas songs.

    I actually think that it is the soundtrack to some old Muppets Christmas Special, but I just have the CD.

  • Susannah

    Pandora.com is truly amazing! You just put in the type of music (or artists or a song you like) and it chooses other songs like it! You can put in “christmas music” and it will play an assortment.

  • Shannon

    I know it’s not nutty or crazy, but I sure do love the Trans Siberian Orchestra! :) Just a thought.

  • Mary

    #409 Margot – I had the vinyl of the Sesame Street Christmas when I was little, too! I always hated that it would end, so when the last track came on when they’d sing “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” together, I’d run over to the record player as fast as possible to re-start it!

  • http://stopscreamingimdriving.com Carrie

    You probably have enough music suggestions by now so I am just going to tell you how lucky you are that your daughter gives up on decorating the tree. My kids want to do the whole thing, which drives me nuts (I’m a little control freakish when it comes to Xmas decorations). And then I have to spend the whole night redoing it when they’ve gone to bed.

    So, count your blessings I say! :)

  • M.R.

    I really like John Denver’s Rocky Mountain Christmas.

  • http://bipolarbearsohmy.blogspot.com Jodie

    My all time favorite is The Christmas Cowboy by Gene Autry.

    We have a collection of probably 50 Christmas CDs. My husband made mix CDs on the themes of Pop/Rock (3 vol), Instrumental, Classical, Country, Celtic… But the beloved childhood classic Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer sung by Gene Autry is my favorite.

    Other favorites: Linus & Lucy (from the Charlie Brown album), The Christmas Song (Nat King Cole), George Winson’s December album with Carol of the Bells on it, Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives. Plus all the classic singers of my parent’s generation: Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, … plus Elvis’s Christmas albums.

    Wait until after Christmas and they are all available for super cheap prices! Best Buy usually has a good selection.

  • Anonymous

    Martin Sexton: Camp Holiday CD