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Pop Rewind: Johnny Mathis “O Holy Night”

Though now over 150 years old, the carol “O Holy Night” remains an all-time favorite during the holidays. Originally composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 as an adaptation of a French poem by Placide Cappeau, it was first adapted for English by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855. Since then, as is common with so many traditional carols, “O Holy Night” has endured numerous versions, revisions and additional verses to the […]

Bing Crosby White Christmas

Pop Rewind: Bing Crosby “White Christmas”

Few Christmas songs have become more indelibly imprinted in American culture than Irving Berlin’s tune “White Christmas.” Since its release in the early 1940s, the song has been recorded and covered more than 500 times.  However, the Bing Crosby version not only is the best-known among them, but in 2007, the Guinness Book of World Records documented Crosby’s version as the best-selling single, ever. Of the 100 million total copies […]

Eartha Kitt Santa Baby

Pop Rewind: Eartha Kitt “Santa Baby”

One of the most-covered modern Christmas tunes in memory, “Santa Baby” has been recorded by everyone from Maria Muldaur to Natalie Merchant to Taylor Swift to Miss Piggy—and even by a few guys (like Michael Buble and comedy duo Homer & Jethro). But not even Madonna in her prime could match the subtly delicious delivery of the one who sang it first—singer/actress/Broadway star Eartha Kitt. Written by Joan Javits and […]

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A Merry Electronica Christmas 2!

2012 saw everyone from eternally moody Mercury Prize winners The xx to relentlessly cheerful Swedish synth-pop sextet Alphabeat attempt to stamp their mark on the festive season by releasing new Christmas songs. Here’s a look at five dance/electronica artists who are hoping to do the same in 2013. Erasure – “Gaudete” Synth-pop veterans Erasure were never going to record a conventional Christmas album, and alongside a surreal chiptune reworking of […]

Kelly Clarkson Wrapped in Red

Make the Season Bright: Seven New Christmas Albums for 2013

With the holiday season now in full swing, it’s time to load up the old CD changer, iPod or SmartPhone with new holiday music! There’s plenty of diversity in this year’s offerings, ranging from traditional to country to punk, and even some in the “particularly tacky” department. While this isn’t a comprehensive list by any means, to help make your season a little brighter, here is a quick overview of […]

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Pop Rewind: Mannheim Steamroller “Stille Nacht (Silent Night)”

As Christmas is now mere days away, I thought it fitting to conclude our Christmas-themed pop rewinds with Mannheim Steamroller’s “Stille Nacht.” Mannheim Steamroller, the brainchild of Chip Davis, is one of those acts that has unintentionally become nearly synonymous with Christmas; their New Age sound and airy arrangements just sort of add to the mystique. The song I’ve shared below was the final track on their first Christmas album, […]


A Merry Electronica Christmas

Perhaps due to weariness of big band crooners like Michael Buble and Rod Stewart dominating the contemporary Christmas music market, many artists from the dance/electronica scene have also gotten in on the act in 2012, offering their own take on the season of goodwill. Here’s a look at five of the most intriguing. The xx – “Last Christmas” Wham’s 1984 classic might still be a much-loved favourite nearly 30 years […]


Pop Rewind: Mariah Carey “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Continuing on with our December holiday-themed pop rewinds, today let’s take a look at a more modern classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey. Co-written by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, this song was first recorded in 1994, and made the Top Ten in album charts around the world. While relatively few original Christmas tunes written in the past few decades have achieved the same level of […]


The Killers Release Christmas Song “I Feel It In My Bones”

As has been their custom for the past seven years now, The Killers have released a new song in honor of Christmas. It’s called “I Feel It In My Bones.” Umm… Er…. When you watch the video below, you’ll understand why I’m hesitating. I almost don’t know what to say about it. On the one hand, the song is catchy, original, and a great all-around rock tune that would play […]


Pop Rewind: “The Christmas Song”

For this week’s rewind, we’re going to rewind a loooong way…back to 1944, when Mel Torme first penned what we now call “The Christmas Song.” (Back then, it was titled, “Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire.”) Interestingly, Torme didn’t set out to write a Christmas song; by his account, it was mid-July, and he was just writing down mental images to try and keep cool (“Jack Frost nipping at your […]


Rock Rewind: Trans-Siberian Orchestra “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24”

This weekend officially launches the holiday season, and in keeping with that, I thought would be good to incorporate some holiday-themed music into our weekly rewinds going into the end of the year. The video below is one of the most famous by a band that has become forever associated with Christmas—the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. First formed in 1994 by rock producer Paul O’Neill and members of the progressive metal band […]


A Guide to Holiday Music for 2012

‘Tis the season. Well, it’s still a bit early to hang out the holly, but where the music industry is concerned, this is prime time to put out new holiday releases by your favorite artists. If you are looking for some fresh spins on the old favorites, here’s a synopsis of a few of the notable holiday albums available this season, guaranteed to get you in the holiday mood.   […]