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Christmas Tunes

If you are worried about catching COVID-19, today’s probably a day not to go to the grocery store or to Spec’s.

I wonder if Vegas has a line on whether former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has a prominent role in the Biden-Harris administration. The progressives including @AOC are gunning for him.  Some Latinos blame him for not getting immigration reform passed during the first two years of the President Barack Obama administration when he was Chief of Staff and Democrats had control of Congress.  CNN contributor Paul Begala, who is good friend of Emanuel’s was on CNN yesterday saying Emanuel could make a good Transportation Secretary because the Transportation Department really isn’t partisan political.  Begala’s case for Emanuel was pretty weak.

My take is President-Elect Biden doesn’t need this headache.  There is nothing that Emanuel brings that you can’t get from someone else.  He has been a mayor, a member of Congress, and a White House Chief of Staff.  He’s not worth bringing on.

It is Christmas tune season.  “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” is being played.  Did you know that on that tune, not a single woman has a solo?  A few months later, “We Are the World” came out.  It has five women soloists.  Tina Turner, Diana Ross, Dionne Warwick, Cyndi Lauper and Kim Karnes. Now you know.

On the “Today” website, they put out a list of the Top 25 Christmas tunes.  Hey, everyone has an opinion.  Here is the list minus those I removed.

1. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

6. Andy Williams, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

7. Brenda Lee, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

8. Bobby Helms, “Jingle Bell Rock”

9. Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)

10. Frank Sinatra (feat. B. Swanson Quartet), “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”

11. John Lennon & Yoko Ono, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)”

12. Bing Crosby, John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Ken Darby Singers, “White Christmas”

13. José Feliciano, “Feliz Navidad”

16. Nat King Cole, “The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)”

17. Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmastime”

19. Elvis Presley, “Blue Christmas”

22. Burl Ives, “A Holly Jolly Christmas”

I am not set on the order above.  How can you not have “White Christmas” at number one.” Or Nat King Cole? Or Feliciano?

Here are the ones I removed:

2. Wham! “Last Christmas”

3. Ariana Grande, “Santa Tell Me”

4. Michael Bublé, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas”

5. Justin Bieber, “Mistletoe”

14. Michael Bublé, “Holly Jolly Christmas”

15. Chris Rea, “Driving Home for Christmas”

18. Sam Smith, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

20. Kelly Clarkson, “Underneath the Tree”

21. Coldplay, “Christmas Lights”

23. Shakin’ Stevens, “Merry Christmas Everyone”

24. Michael Bublé, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

25. The Ronettes, “Sleigh Ride”

First of all, Commentary is a Christmas tune afficionado.  With all due respect, of the “Today” list, Mariah Carey is the only one who has come out with a Top 25 worthy tune the last couple of decades.

In no particular order, here are tunes that need to be added, in my opinion.  A couple are from within the last couple of decades:

Stevie Nicks, “Silent Night”

Johnny Mathis or Gloria Estevan, “Silver Bells”

Perry Como, “O Holy Night”

John Denver and The Muppets, “Twelve Days of Christmas”

Eartha Kitt, “Santa Baby”

Eydie Gorme Y Trio Los Panchos, “Noche De Paz”

Dean Martin, “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”

Bing Crosby and David Bowie, “The Little Drummer Boy (Peace on Earth)”

Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

The Carpenters, “Merry Christmas Darling”

Robert Earl Keene, “Merry Christmas From the Family”

Jessalyn Gilsig, “Twas the Night Song”

Faith Hill, “Where Are You Christmas”

The Lennon Sisters, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

John Williams, “Somewhere in My Memory” from the “Home Alone” flick

I am sure I missed some.  I will come back and add some if I did.  As you can see, I am not tied to only having 25 tunes on a Top 25 list. 

The Gilsig tune really wasn’t recorded for distribution.  You can find it on YouTube from the “Angels and Ornaments” Hallmark flick.

Nothing from The Yard today.

Stay safe this Thanksgiving Weekend and wear a mask.

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