Favorite Holiday Tunes from our Fans
From the timeless classics we know and love to the non-traditional offbeat gems, we think holiday songs capture the spirit of the season like nothing else. We wanted to know what you’ll be listening to as you celebrate with your families, so we asked our fans on Facebook, “What is your favorite holiday song?” Here are some of the responses we’ve received.
“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
This pop standard from Frank Loesser written in 1936 is a great choice. Loesser originally wrote the song as a duet with his wife, Lynn Garland, and boy was she upset when Frank sold the song to MGM. It’s no longer their song, but now we can all enjoy its beauty. It’s a song that’s been a staple of the holidays ever since, and we can’t help but sing along to its funny, poignant lyrics. Do you have a favorite rendition?
“No Presents for Christmas” – King Diamond
This one’s for all of our heavy metal fans out there! “No Presents for Christmas”, released as a single by King Diamond in 1985, is one of their fans’ favorites and typically finishes off a concert. We’ve never seen it performed live, but it’s a great tune, even if you won’t find yourself singing it along with the kids, gathered around the fireplace as you open presents on Christmas Eve. And although it’s not part of the Christmas canon, we love that our fans are rocking out over the holidays.
Switching gears a little bit. “Silent Night”, or “Slille Nacht, heilige Nacht” for our German fans, was originally written by the Austrian priest Father Joseph Mohr in 1816, and set to music by Franz Xaver Gruber two years later. According to Ronald Clancy’s Best-Loved Christmas Carols, the carol has been translated into over 44 languages. This one warms our hearts her at Koss, and we can’t wait to sing it with loved ones on Christmas Eve.
“The Lights and Buzz” - Jack’s Mannequin
With a bit of a deeper meaning than the average Christmas song, this piece was the first song leukemia survivor Andrew McMahon wrote and recorded following his stem cell transplant. The lyrics speak to what Andrew was going through at that time. “I’m coming home from my hardest years… I’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters. It’s good to be alive.” These inspiring lyrics help us appreciate the greatest part of the holidays, being together with loved ones, and giving gifts to let them know how much they mean to us.
Anything from the Elf Soundtrack
When we think of the movie Elf, the first thing that comes to mind is the quirky yet hypnotic voice of leading lady, Zooey Deschanel. For this pick, we’re going to take the chance to make a recommendation this Christmas. Zooey’s folk/indie rock band with M. Ward, She & Him, released a Christmas album earlier this year. PopMatters reviewed the album calling it “plain beautiful.” We agree, and it has the potential to be a new classic that will be in our holiday rotation for years to come. Check it out.
What would you add to the list?