Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Various Artists - Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1955 - Present) (1989)



From Stewart Mason over at Allmusic:
A rather skimpy but nonetheless useful compilation of Christmas songs, this ten-song set (companion volume to Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits: 1935-1954) wisely steers mostly clear of the annoying novelty Christmas songs of the rock era -- although, sadly, it does force upon its listeners the horrifyingly bad "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" -- in favor of songs that people might actually want to listen to. From familiar classics like Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock" and Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" to lesser-known gems like Harry Belafonte's swinging "Mary's Boy Child" and Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas," maybe the best R&B Christmas song ever, the set even finds room for two of the less annoying novelty tunes, David Seville's "The Chipmunk Song" and Barry Gordon's "Nuttin' for Christmas." Although Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas" is included, one or two other superstar Christmas songs (maybe the Kinks' tart "Father Christmas"?) would have been a welcome addition. Overall, however, this is one of the better Yuletide compilations.
#cosign

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart, but peaked at #15 on the Christmas Albums chart

Tracks: 10 tracks, 27 minutes.  (← "27" not a typo).

ArtistTitle
Year
Peak*

Bobby Helms Jingle Bell Rock
1957
#6
Brenda Lee Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree1960
#14
The Chipmunks The Chipmunk Song1958
#1

The Harry Simeone Chorale The Little Drummer Boy1958
#13
Harry Belafonte Mary's Boy Child1956
#12
Elvis Presley Blue Christmas1957


Barry Gordon Nuttin' For Christmas1955
#6

Charles Brown Please Come Home For Christmas1961
#76
The Drifters White Christmas1955
#80
Elmo 'N Patsy Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer1979
**
* peak on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, not the Christmas Singles chart
** peaked at #80 in 1997
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

1 comment:

  1. This was most definitely among the first dozen or so Christmas and Holiday discs I picked up when starting my Christmas CD collection. Added the companion volume, covering those earlier years, much later though my favorite of the Billboard Christmas discs is Billboard Rock 'N' Roll Christmas, which will be featured later this month on The Hideaway.

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