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Christmas instrumental music

What's your favorite Christmas instrumental, classical-sounding music? [more inside]
posted by andrewesque on Dec 11, 2013 - 28 answers

What are considered the DEFINITIVE versions of popular Christmas songs?

So, after decades of basically ignoring them, I'm finally getting into the spirit of enjoying classic Christmas songs. But I don't know much about them. I know many of them have been covered literally hundreds of times. As a starting point, I'd like to better understand which versions of popular Christmas songs have been MOST popular over time. [more inside]
posted by Alaska Jack on Dec 11, 2013 - 45 answers

Need to upgrade my Christmas CD collection. Recommend your favorite!

Need more Christmas music. Too busy to list what I already have, so just list whatever CD is your favorite. I like everything--every genre imaginable, except rap. Thanks!
posted by luvmywife on Dec 2, 2013 - 56 answers

Best jazz Christmas records?

I like jazz, and I like Christmas music. Which jazz Christmas music would I enjoy? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Nov 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Blue flower, red thorns. Blue flower, red thorns.

Mix CD, Christmas edition. Now with special snowflakes! [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Nov 20, 2013 - 9 answers

Things To Do In Paris Over The Holidays?

I will be in Paris for a week and some change between Christmas and New Years. I've been before so I know all the standard tourist spots- but I know the holiday season will mess up openings and closings so I'm interested in fun, interesting things and places ...that will be open. Ideally looking for performances, music, English-language theater, etc. I'll be traveling with a classical musician with a fondness for opera, so looking for things along those lines. Any seasonally specific events or things I shouldn't miss?
posted by The Whelk on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team!

Help me find a Christmas song that sounded like the A-Team! [more inside]
posted by markblasco on Dec 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Southwest Christmas jazz?

I just heard a recognizable piece of music at a Christmas event, but can't name it. [more inside]
posted by dhartung on Dec 25, 2012 - 3 answers

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night".

Show me a link to your favorite, male, solo (as in, no groups) rendition of "O Holy Night". Acapella is good too. [more inside]
posted by brownrd on Dec 18, 2012 - 21 answers

Fun, light hearted holiday music for all.

I'm putting together a holiday play list for the office pot luck and, trying to make it fun and all inclusive. I've got tunes from Peanuts to Springsteen to the Arrogant Worms. I'm in need of more Hanukkah (got the Adam Sandler one, thx.) and desperately in need of some music for the woman organizing as she's Islamic (and for the record has a wicked sense of humor). Ideas?
posted by rooster416 on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Please help me find a thrash version of Six White Boomers.

Can you help me find a thrash/garage version of Six White Boomers? [more inside]
posted by h00py on Dec 4, 2012 - 4 answers

Christmas time needs to ROCK

Music filter: Putting together a little surprise for a wonderful someone. Seeking metal, rock, goth, punk, or other loud covers of holiday music to brighten her day. [more inside]
posted by chrisinseoul on Nov 28, 2012 - 21 answers

Winter is here, lend me your ear...

Christmas carols for pagans? Mentions of Yuletide, Solstice and winter are excellent, Santa is fine, Christmas is fine, but I'm looking for beautiful music (choral and orchestral) that has no mention of Jesus Christ, Israel or saints. [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 23, 2011 - 36 answers

Radio Ho Ho Ho

Next Saturday, I've got three hours of radio time to do whatever I want, as long as it's holiday related - it's my holiday special! Please help me put together an awesome playlist. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Dec 17, 2011 - 32 answers

Information and background on a mystery Andy Williams Christmas CD

Information and background on a mystery Andy Williams Christmas CD [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Dec 13, 2011 - 3 answers

Why no recent Christmas music?

Why is almost all Christmas/holiday music from over 50 years ago? [more inside]
posted by Nikolai on Dec 9, 2011 - 55 answers

Who sings this version of Winter Wonderland?

Please help me identify a specific rendition of Winter Wonderland. [more inside]
posted by homodachi on Dec 6, 2011 - 3 answers

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs?

Do you know of any Thanksgiving songs? [more inside]
posted by rageagainsttherobots on Nov 24, 2011 - 15 answers

Can you help me generate a playlist of unusual artist/xmas song pairings?

I recently saw a video that makes me want to create a playlist of unusual/surreal Christmas music. That is to say, odd pairings or covers of classic Christmas songs. I have a small set of criteria inside. What do you got? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Nov 18, 2011 - 45 answers

Serbian Christmas Music Recommendations

We are having some visiting Serbian friends over for a late (by our standards) Christmas meal in a few days. They will literally be on the other side of the world in New Zealand at this time. I'd like to play some Serbian Christmas music that they would enjoy, music that says "Christmas" to them, especially so far from home. I understand that the actual Serbian Christmas is not until January 7th, but I'd like to play music that lets them know we have gone to some trouble to help them enjoy Christmas. Any recommendations, especially those accessible via iTunes or YouTube, would be most welcome.
posted by vac2003 on Dec 28, 2010 - 5 answers

Not that there's anything wrong with gaiety

Can you help me find a recording of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" with the ORIGINAL original lyrics? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Dec 25, 2010 - 6 answers

Best PMP with a voice recorder?

Can you recommend a portable music/media player that has a built in sound recorder as well? Must be really easy to use. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on Dec 13, 2010 - 8 answers

MUST HAVE WHISTLE POPS!

What's a holiday party without WHISTLE POPs!??!! Are these the dinosaurs of great candies? Are they available in no small corner of the earth? Please say it ain't so! I've Googled these fun treats till exhausted so many times and they seem to have truly been discontinued. (frowny face). I've found a couple of singles on eBAY but that's not gonna do it. I need the old 48 count boxes. Please Help! How can we carry on the rag-tag Christmas Caroling without them?!
posted by mickeefynn on Dec 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Sometimes worrying doesn't change anything - The Musical!

Help me make a playlist for a stressful Christmas! [more inside]
posted by heyforfour on Dec 12, 2010 - 22 answers

French-language holiday music recommendations?

Can you recommend any fun and/or jazzy French-language holiday music? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on Dec 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Non syrupy Christmas music, instrumental

[Christmas music filter, instrumental] I'm in search of non-schmaltzy, non overwrought instrumental Christmas music. [more inside]
posted by jlkr on Dec 4, 2010 - 12 answers

I thought christmas was supposed to be more than all of this tremendous noise

Christmas songs from the last ten or fifteen years? [more inside]
posted by sandswipe on Nov 26, 2010 - 39 answers

Help me pick out good computer speakers!

[Christmas Gift Filter] Help me get my boyfriend some nice speakers that he can use with his Mac Book Pro. [more inside]
posted by wansac on Nov 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Have Yourself a Miserable Little Christmas

I am looking for Christmas music that is mostly melancholy, and often about loss or abandonment. Think Joni Mitchell's the River or Tom Waite's Christmas Card from A Hooker in Minneapolis. Any suggestions?
posted by PinkMoose on Nov 18, 2010 - 66 answers

What's a good duet song for a child and adult?

What would be a good duet song for a young child and grown up to sing together? [more inside]
posted by lynnie-the-pooh on Nov 17, 2010 - 10 answers

Chain smoking while the stereo plays...

Flying back home on Thursday, and I want to bring a mixed CD with me that's full of, well, we'll love each other no matter what. I like Robert Earl Keen's Merry Christmas From the Family. What else should I include?
posted by halogen on Dec 21, 2009 - 7 answers

No Disrespect, Mr. Crosby, But I Need New Music

Looking for recommendations for good alternative Christmas music from the last 10-15 years, either original or by way of cover. [more inside]
posted by moviehawk on Dec 14, 2009 - 40 answers

More Music like The Bird and The Bee's Carol of the Bells?

Where can I find more Christmas music in the style of The Bird and The Bee's Carol of The Bells? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Dec 9, 2009 - 2 answers

All I want for Christmas is to save a franklin on postage for a holiday CD

I used to send out a Christmas CD with holiday songs and clips from Movies and TV shows. It took a month to master and rip the CDs and 100 bucks in postage. What's a way to do this online instead? Is there somewhere I can POST a Christmas CD so people can listen online and download it if they want? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Dec 7, 2009 - 5 answers

Have you ever been to a National Chorale Sing-in of Handel's Messiah?

Have you ever been to a Sing-in of Handel's Messiah? [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Dec 4, 2009 - 24 answers

Pop concert ticket help needed!

Pop rock meets little sisters filter: I would like to buy my two teenage sisters tickets to a pop concert for Christmas. Ticketmaster is not being helpful and I can't seem to find anything useful in too-much-info alt-weekly. [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Dec 2, 2009 - 7 answers

A Chinese Jig about Santa Clause would be just dandy, thanks

Looking for newer, poppier Christmas/seasonal songs from Ireland and China. [more inside]
posted by Navelgazer on Nov 11, 2009 - 5 answers

I'm looking for some specific spooky Christmas music, can you help me?

Some time ago either on MeFi or BoingBoing there was a link to a bunch of songs that I *swear* were Christmas songs played in the wrong key or one half-tone down or something... Does anyone have any idea what I'm talking about and where I could find this (again)? [more inside]
posted by mrzer0 on Dec 24, 2008 - 8 answers

Locating version of "The Little Drummer Boy" by a young boy.

A friend has spent over ten years trying to locate a version of the song "The Little Drummer Boy" that he listened to as a child. What he remembers is that it was performed by a young boy (or, possibly, a girl) and that while there may have been other singers on the track, it definitely wasn't a choir version. This ring a bell for anyone?
posted by djaevle on Nov 26, 2008 - 8 answers

Saks Fifth Ave Christmas Music?

Where can I procure a copy of the rendition of Carol of the Bells that Saks Fifth Ave (NYC) has used at their flagship store over the past few years? [more inside]
posted by OTA on Nov 21, 2008 - 2 answers

ChristmasMusicFilter: More music like George Winston's "December" or Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights"?

ChristmasMusicFilter: More music like George Winston's "December" or Al Di Meola's "Winter Nights"? [more inside]
posted by jeffderek on Nov 18, 2008 - 8 answers

Are we going to have a punk rock Christmas this year?

Can anyone recommend some good contemporary Christmas compilations? [more inside]
posted by psmealey on Dec 22, 2007 - 18 answers

Need help with a worship song key change transition

Church worship leader needs help with a key change transition for a Christmas song! [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Dec 15, 2007 - 20 answers

"From now on, we'll have to muddle through somehow/So have yourself a Merry Little Christmas now."

"Emotionally ambivalent" Christmas Songs? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Dec 15, 2007 - 40 answers

Gift for a young violin player?

Help me get a good gift for a young violin player. [more inside]
posted by nitsuj on Dec 11, 2007 - 15 answers

Help me find a very specific Filipino Christmas album.

I am looking for a specific Christmas album on Capitol Records, called "Christmas in the Phillipines" or "Pasko Sa Pilipinas", which is understandably a very generic title. The record I'm thinking of has the song "Pasko Sa Manila" by the Roque Sisters. [more inside]
posted by 23skidoo on Dec 8, 2007 - 1 answer

Help Me Find Straightforward Christmas Music

I need a recommendation for a good, classic, straightforward Christmas album. [more inside]
posted by Bugbread on Nov 29, 2007 - 26 answers

What's the best Christmas gift I could buy for my young nephew, who has shown an early interest in music?

What's the best Christmas gift I could buy for my young nephew, who has shown an early interest in music? [more inside]
posted by mrkinla on Nov 27, 2007 - 13 answers

Let it snow, baby... let it reindeer

I'm looking for some recommendations for good nontraditional Christmas music. [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway on Nov 25, 2007 - 48 answers

Hark, which herald angel sings?

My aunt's family has been listening to the same Christmas tape (as in, the same physical tape) repeatedly for about 25 years. The tape was originally made by dubbing from vinyl. I'd like, as a gift, to remaster the whole thing, but I need help identifying all the song versions. [more inside]
posted by dmd on Nov 20, 2007 - 25 answers

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