Friday Five – Top Five

I don’t feel like thinking too much today, and the FF topic that Will suggested sounds fun, but I just don’t have that much energy. So instead I am listing the Top Five Christmas Albums Currently in Rotation on my iPod: (If I try hard enough, I could make that title even more cumbersome!)



Elvis Presley – If Every Day Was Like Christmas: Released in 1994 this is basically the definitive Elvis Christmas album. There are a whopping 24 songs including all of the classics, alternate takes & previously unreleased tracks that an Elvis fan could want! It’s just not Christmas without the King!



Reverend Horton Heat – We Three Kings: Combine with Brian Setzer’s Holiday albums and you’ve got a boat-load of rockabilly guitar-slinging merriment! The Rev kicks Christmas up a notch with twelve excellent covers and one inspired original, all played as only he can. This is a must-have album whether you like Christmas songs or not.



Sufjan Stevens – Songs For Christmas: 42 songs on 5 disks! Overkill? Maybe. But it’s great holiday listening for any indie rock fan. Hushed vocals and original arrangements make this box-set pretty unique and definitely worth listening to, especially when you’re working around the house or driving from store-to-store shopping for the perfect gift for Aunt Hildegard. Hey! It’s Christmastime!



Chris Isaak – Christmas: If a holiday album can be cool, this is it. The reincarnated Elvis on a surf board, Isaak and his band blow tropical breezes and fantastic musicianship throughout all eleven traditional and cover songs as well as the five original tunes that comprise this cool Christmas album. It’s one of my annual favorites!



A Colbert Christmas – The Greatest Gift of All!: What are the holidays without a little satire? Stephen Colbert provides plenty of laughs and some interesting guest stars on his Comedy Central Christmas special and iTunes-only album. I even find Toby Keith’s song funny because he basically makes of fun of everything that I hate about Toby Keith. Makes me wonder if he realized that when Stephen showed him the lyrics or if he was too high from being on Willie Nelson’s bus at the time (who also provides a hilarious song of his own)?