Category: Music Compilation

Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Christmas Arch, Photo by PH Morton

Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Apparently, below is a list of world’s favourite Christmas songs, is your personal choice on the list below? ūüôā

50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, 1987 Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey 1994 Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
  3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure
  4. Last Christmas, Wham! 1984 George Michael
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Harry Reser 1934 John Fredrick Coots, Haven Gillespie
  6. Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby 1962 Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne
  7. Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir 1971 John Lennon, Yoko Ono
  8. Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney 1979, Paul McCartney
  9. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard 1973 Roy Wood
  10. Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade 1973, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  11. Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens 1985, Bob Heatlie
  12. Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson, 1950, Leroy Anderson
  13. Stay Another Day, East 17, 1994 Tony Mortimer
  14. Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea, 1988, Chris Rea
  15. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee, 1958, Johnny Marks
  16. Step Into Christmas, Elton John, 1973 Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  17. 2000 Miles, The Pretenders, 1983 Chrissie Hynde
  18. I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi 1962 / 2008 Hank Hunter, Mark Barkan
  19. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love 1963 Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
  20. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Vaughn Monroe / Dean Martin / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1945 / 1959 / 1963 Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
  21. Stop The Calvary, Jona Lewie, 1980, Jona Lewie
  22. Frosty The Snowman, Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys / Perry Como / Johnny Mathis / Kimberley Locke 1950 / 1957 / 2003 / 2007 Walter “Jack” Rollins, Steve Nelson
  23. White Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1942, Irving Berlin
  24. I Believe In Father Christmas, Greg Lake / Toyah Wilcox / Elaine Paige 1975 / 1982 / 1986 Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
  25. Christmas Lights, Coldplay, 2010, Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
  26. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), The Nat King Cole Trio, 1946 Mel Tormé, Bob Wells
  27. Thank God It’s Christmas, Queen, 1984 Brain May, Roger Taylor
  28. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year, Andy Williams 1963 Edward Pola, George Wyle
  29. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1953, Joahn Javits, Phillip Springer
  30. Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses, 1981, Chris Butler
  31. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Frank Sinatra, 1957, Ralph Blanew, Hugh Martin
  32. Please Come Home For Christmas, Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi 1961 / 1978 / 1995 Charles Brown, Gene Redd
  33. Spaceman Came Travelling, Chris de Burgh, 1976, Chris de Burgh
  34. A Winter’s Tale, David Essex, 1982, Mike Batt / Tim Rice
  35. Lonely This Christmas, MUD, 1974 Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
  36. Cold December, Night Michael Bublé 2011 Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock
  37. Mistletoe And Wine, Cliff Richard, 1988, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart, Keith Strachan
  38. Merry Christmas, Bryan Adams, 2011, Bryan Adams
  39. Christmas Time – Don’t Let The Bells End, The Darkness 2003 Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham
  40. Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord, Boney M, 1978 Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Lorin
  41. Power Of Love, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1984 Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole
  42. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley, 1957, Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
  43. When A Child Is Born (Soleado) Johnny Mathis 1976 Ciro Dammiccom, Fred Jay
  44. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry 1949 Johnny Marks
  45. Winter Wonderland, Perry Como, 1934, Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
  46. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jimmy Boyd, 1952, Tommie Connor
  47. Mary’s Boy Child, Harry Belafonte, 1957, Jester Hairston
  48. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters 1951 Meredith Wilson
  49. The Little Drummer Boy, Harry Simeone Chorale 1958 Harry Simeone, K. K. Davis, Henry Onorati
  50. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Additional favourite (Mine):

Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The Music Lesson Frederic, Lord Leighton Oil on canvas 1877

Music Compilation: 80s Favourites

The 80s is Madonna’s era of domination.¬† And she really dominated.¬† But Michael Jackson lorded it.¬† The release of his Thriller album put him into an stratospheric level which was well above the rest.

Madonna РMaterial Girl 

Madonna – Like A Virgin

Michael Jackson – Thriller 1982

Michael Jackson – Billie Jean

Madonna – La Isla Bonita

Laura Branigan – Self Control

Cyndi Lauper РGirls Just Want To Have Fun 

Kenny Rogers Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream

Flashdance ‚ÄĘ What a Feeling ‚ÄĘ Irene Cara

Hello by Lionel Richie

Survivor – Eye Of The Tiger

The Bangles – Eternal Flame

George Michael РCareless Whisper 

Chris de Burgh ~ Lady in Red (Kelly Lebrock) Marilyn Monroe style

Billy Ocean – Suddenly

Rockwell – Cuts like knife

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

Two Women by Pablo Picasso

Music Compilation: 50s Favourites

50s music, though before I was born, holds a special place in my heart and memories.  Certain songs from the 50s remind me of how my father and mother loved each other.

Music Compilation: 70s Favourites

Mandolin & fruit bowl by Pablo Picasso

Music Compilation: 70s Favourites

Personally I think the 70s is the golden age of music.

Music Compilation: 60s Favourites

Paul, George, Ringo & John, photo by PH Morton

Music Compilation: 60s Favourites

Music is not just about the lyrics and the tune.¬† It is about the memory or memories that it evokes when you listen to it.¬† It is a sensorial memory! ūüôā

Music Compilation: 2011 -2017 Favourites

Book of Job by William Blake

Music Compilation: 2011 -2017 Favourites

Music Compilation: 2000 -2010 Favourites

Primavera, Sandro Borticelli

Music Compilation: 2000 -2010 Favourites

 

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

The Duet by Cornelis Saftleven

Music Compilation: 90s Favourites

Below is a music compilation of my favourite 90s sound.

 

 

Excellent Covers of Original Songs

Nita Resch, Photo by JMorton

The bust opposite is that of Nita Resch, wife of the sculptor, Conrad Dressler.  The bust is now proudly displayed at the V&A Museum.

 

I chose this art as the statement photo for this blog, because Nita looked like she was trying to listen to something. ūüôā

Anyway back to the real topic of this blog; almost every time the original singer of the song or tune is the best one to give rendition to song, I supposed the producer choose a song that best suit the singer’s voice and personality that song and singer become one.

But once in a while some other artists can be as good or even surpass the original performer.  Some songs are so great and melodious that it is rebooted over and over again in almost every generation.

Here are my choice of covers, which is a still a work in progress:

Excellent Covers of Original Songs

Moon River, original – Audrey Hepburn for Breakfast in Tiffany; cover Clapton & Beck

It’s So Quiet, original – Betty Hutton¬†(1951); cover Bjork

Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland for The Wizard of Oz; cover Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, Bee Gees original, cover – Al Green

The Greatest Love of All, George Benson, Cover – Whitney Houston

Nothing Gonna Change My Love for You, George Benson; cover Glen Maderios

Please Please Me, The Beatles original; cover Matt Dusk

Love, Nat King Cole, cover Joss Stone

Lucky, Jason Mraz & Colbie caillat Original, cover CNBlue & IU

Don’t Cry Joni, Original Tweety Conway and Joni Lee, Cover¬†Lalchhanchhuaha feat Zualbawihi

 

 

1001 Most Romantic Songs

Lamprocapnos spectabilis (bleeding heart) Hill Garden – Nr Hampstead Heath
Photo by PH Morton

1001 Most Romantic Songs

This is Global Granary’s all tie most romantic music compilation, which is a work in progress.

Our list currently includes the following:

YVES MONTAND – Les Feuilles Mortes

Jim Croce – I’ll Have To Say I Love You In A Song

Bobby Darin sings “Beyond the Sea”

Charles Trenet – La Mer

Sandra Dee & Bobby Darin-Dream Lover

hyun bin-that man lyrics (eng+korea sub) ost secret garden

Peter Frampton – Baby I Love Your Way (’76)

All of Me – John Legend

Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are

Enchanted by Taylor Swift and a reply version by Adam Young of City Owl

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