My Favorite Christmas Movie & TV Tunes

Christmas is soon upon us and this is likely my last blog entry before the holidays. Last year I updated a Christmas calendar I created for my last site. This year, I’m listing music from Christmas movies. Here’s a few tunes worth adding to your snowy playlist of the season.

Home Alone (1990) – Not a song, but a sample of John Williams’s ingenious score for this hugely popular movie, mixing large doses of sugar with an underlying dark streak. I recently reviewed the franchise’s fifth chapter, and it’s been clear ever since the original that every sequel has been completely inept at combining these qualities.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Jack Skellington discovering that there’s such a place as Christmas Town. A wonderful part of a classic, dark stop-motion musical.

Holiday Inn (1942) – Bing Crosby by the piano and a Christmas tree, singing to Marjorie Reynolds. Can the season be more magical than this? Unfortunately, the clip is not embeddable. Just click the link in it.

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944) – Much was mushy about this turn-of-the-century musical but if this clip, where Judy Garland sings to her sister, doesn’t melt your heart… you need a defibrillator.

The Odessa File (1974) – No, it’s not the correct clip from the movie, but YouTube user Mike Lewis has nevertheless managed to combine the wonderful “Christmas Dream” (co-written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, sung by Perry Como) with scenes from the movie. Very smooth transition into a German choir, considering the film’s themes.

National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (1989) – The third Vacation comedy starring Chevy Chase has become an unexpected Yuletide favorite, and this opening song from Mavis Staples is a 1980s classic in its own right.

Family Guy – A list like this would simply not be complete without Seth MacFarlane’s take on a traditionally cheerful Christmas song. As previously stated, this season needs plenty of of darkness to offset all that sugar.

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