Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Five great underrated Christmas songs

"Christmas Is All Around" by Billy Mack

From" Love Actually" (2003) and composed by Craig Armstrong, this catchy tune is a terrific piece of feel good holiday pop music. This soundtrack is full of great songs including another knockout Christmas tune "All I Want For Christmas Is You" performed by Olivia Olsen.

Darlene Love's song "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"

This is the version of the song playing as source music from a radio during the opening credit sequence of "Gremlins" (1984). A sensational Christmas song that along with Jerry Goldsmith’s trademark suburban whimsical cue helps set the tone for Joe Dante’s comedy horror hit.

"Somewhere In My Memory" by John Williams

This Oscar nominated song from the hit movie "Home Alone" (1991) is rarely heard outside the film score community. A terrific theme with great use of choir vocals, it is vintage John Williams. You would have to have had an emotional bypass at birth or be made of granite not to be moved by it.

David Foster Featuring Natalie Cole - "Grown-up Christmas List"

This moving, magical song from the 1990 David Foster album "The River of Love" not only captures the essence of what the holidays are supposed to be about, it also manages to convey what is hopeful and noble in that complex, conflicted and mostly destructive species known as Homo sapiens.

Muppet Christmas Carol "Scrooge"

From the 1992 Muppet version of A Christmas Carol starring the great Michael Caine alongside Kermit , Fozzie The Bear, Beaker and company. The chemistry and pathos the Caine brings to the film helps make this the most charming take on the classic tale yet.

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