Long loves her some Christmas tunes

I’ll admit that I love Christmas music in all its sappy, sentimental, nostalgic glory.  Here are some of my faves, plus two I don’t need to ever hear again.

Last Christmas This Wham! hit takes me right back to the first time I heard it: December,   1986 sitting in my driveway in Joanne Napolitano’s Acura.  I think we had both recently been dumped and we were feeling this song.

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Cheers, George!  We’ve both come a long way since ’86.

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I love each and every Beach Boys Christmas song.  I’m not exactly sure what a bunch of surfer dudes from SoCal have to do with Christmas, but they remind me of my dad, and he rules.  So there.

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Bruce Springsteen’s live version of  “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” makes me instantly three years old again.  And just so you know, it was recorded live on Long Island #strongislandpride

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I only recently discovered the Pentatonix via my teenagers. This amazing a capella group (think Pitch Perfect) does Christmas music beyond belief.  I dare you to listen to “Mary did you Know” and not run into a church to convert instantly.

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Band Aid’s “Do they Know It’s Christmas
“Well tonight thank God it’s them instead of yooooooou

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And, all of you young whippersnappers, if we wanted to hear this song more than once, we used to have to TAPE off of the RADIO.

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Speaking of collabs, this was the next best one, with its very hip, Keith Haring artwork, rocking tunes, and super generous giving back to the Special Olympics.

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Plus, only U2 could rival Darlene Love with their version of “Christmas Baby Please Come Home

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(Hi Bono!  Same hat from Band Aid?)

The thug in me loves Run DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” (yes, I know.  I went to private school in Locust Valley for 11 years, but I can consider myself a little bit thug.)

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Wait…one more.  I heart the ’80’s.

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You simply can’t leave Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas is you” off the list.

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This song goes out to every teenage girl who really only wants a boyfriend for Christmas.  I may happen to live with one.  Or two?

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because both Chris Martin and Christmas warm my heart.

Coldplay rocks with Elvis

(Hi Chris!)

I heard Dan Folgerberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne” in the car the other day and couldn’t believe I still knew every single word.

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“I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn’t sure if I saw
Doubt or gratitude”

Who wouldn’t want any ex-boyfriend to say exactly that? (ahem, Wham! ex from above.)

Oh Dan….

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If you want to stay on my good side, PLEASE DON’T EVER PLAY:

“Jingle Bell Rock” by anyone, even your cute kids.  I have heard this watered down generic song at one too many school holiday concerts. Trust me.  I’m good.

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NewSong “The Christmas Shoes” – You hear it once and feel really, really sad.  I mean, I love shoes, and the kid wants to buy new ones for when his mama to wear when she meets Jesus.

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But, once is good and then you don’t ever need to hear it again.  Ever.  Not again.  Please.  Make.  It.  Stop.

I’ll end on my most recent fave — and DON’T judge until you’ve listened — Justin Bieber’s “Drummer Boy

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 No one sums up the goodness of holiday season better than Busta Rhymes rapping with the Biebs

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“You know we bout to turn it up and really get it poppin’ now.
People everywhere and all our Twitter followers,
“Merry Christmas, Kwanza, happy Hanukkah! “

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