The Most Hummable Holiday Tunes

The tweets and Facebook comments have all be tabulated from my one-day experiment, and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You" tops the list of favorite Christmas/Holiday songs, courtesy of all of my followers/friends/colleagues. The results were a landslide for Mariah -- the song garnered 12 votes among the followers, where a bunch of other songs tied with 4 votes each.

Here are the results:
Classic / Traditional category:
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – 4 votes, but all for different versions (Judy Garland, Tyler Hilton, Shawn Colvin and Bing Crosby).
Baby, it's Cold Outside – the Louis Armstrong / Ella Fitzgerald version, of course.
O Holy Night – the Tracy Chapman and Neil Diamond versions mentioned (they recorded separately, not a duet).
Other vote-getters: Jingle Bells, Silver Bells, Sleigh Ride, Do You Hear What I Hear?, White Christmas, Carol of the Bells, Little Drummer Boy, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Angels We Have Heard on High, Nutcracker Suite (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)

Modern songs
This category got the most votes (although some songs might be classified as "Classic," too), including our winner, the Mariah Carey song.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, as sung by Bruce Springsteen, came in with three votes.
Do They Know It's Christmas, by Band-Aid, also had three votes (hard to believe that song will be 25 years old next year).
Last Christmas, by Wham!, got three votes (I have a lot of colleagues / friends from the '80s).
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, by Brenda Lee, got three votes.
Other vote-getters: Santa Baby, 2,000 Miles (Pretenders), Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday (*NSYNC), Jingle Bell Rock, Blue Christmas, Christmas Eve – Sarajevo (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Fairytale of New York (The Pogues), Xmas is Paintin' the Town (Oak Ridge Boys), Merry Christmas Baby (Charles Brown), Please Come Home for Christmas (Charles Brown), Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy (Bing Crosby / David Bowie), Jing Jing A Ling (Honey and the Bees), Things Fall Apart (Christina), Merry Christmas from the Family (Jill Souble), Holly Jolly Christmas (Burl Ives), I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm (Frank Sinatra), Baby Please Come Home (U2), Elf's Lament (Barenaked Ladies).

Funny songs
The "winner" in the funny category was Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. Seriously? I figured that was a novelty song, but a favorite? Oh well.

Other vote-getters: 12 Days of Christmas (Straight No Chaser, Bob & Doug Mackenzie), The Hanukah Song (Adam Sandler), Christmas is All Around Us (Billy Mack, from 'Love, Actually), I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Miser Brothers songs (from Year Without a Santa Claus cartoon), Chipmunk Christmas Song, Linus and Lucy, You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.

Sentimental songs
A lot of these could be classified as "classic" or "modern", but voters who identified their songs as sentimental ended up in this category.

Tops was the Christmastime is Here song from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Vince Guaraldi), and The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), as sung by Nat King Cole.
Other vote-getters: Pretty Paper (Willie Nelson), If We Make it through December (Merle Haggard), I'll Be Home for Christmas

Miscellaneous / odd / bizarre
This wasn't an "official" category, but several friends / colleagues suggested these songs as favorites, which might suggest that I check my status with them (just kidding!). Vote-getters: "David Sedaris singing Billie Holliday singing Away in a Manger" (from the Santaland Diaries), Please Daddy Don't Get Drunk This Christmas (John Denver), Boulevard of Broken Dreams (Christmas version, Green Day), and Silent Night (Punk version).

Thanks to all my followers who sent in their list of songs! Methinks I may have to try this again next week, asking for followers' favorite Christmas movies...

This story, "The Most Hummable Holiday Tunes" was originally published by Network World.

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