K-Chuck Radio: The Christmas Songs without Christmas in them

Just for the heck of it, I thought about Christmas songs that didn’t have any Christmas-themes to them – or, if they did mention Christmas, it was in passing.  Probably just because it’s Christmas Eve, and I’ve already written a blog post for tomorrow (what, you think I’m getting up on Christmas morning to write a blog post?  Silly you …).

So let’s see how many songs I can rustle up that would work without decorating a tree and the like.

DAN FOGELBERG
Same Auld Lang Syne

With the only reference to the holiday being “The snow was falling, Christmas Eve,” here’s a song of love lost and almost recaptured … only to lose it again.

THE RONETTES
Sleigh Ride

There’s a plethora of holiday songs on the Phil Spector Christmas Album that are just “winter” songs, rather than Christmas songs per se.  Like this one, in which Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes could melt any blizzard with just a quick glance.

BOYZ II MEN feat. BRIAN McKNIGHT
Let It Snow!

That’s what I need, man … some cool yule from the pre-eminent vocal harmony group of the 90’s.  Come at me if you disagree.

ADAM SANDLER
The Hanukkah Song

I’m just going to say this right now.  “The Hanukkah Song” just turned 25 this year.  Damn.  And there’s three sequels to this song.  No, I’m not going to post them, I’m going to wait for Adam Sandler to write four more sequels so that I can have one for each night of Hanukkah.  😀

THE CARPENTERS
There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays

Think about this for a second.  The song just references the “holidays,” which could be any holiday out there – Christmas, New Year’s Day, Talk Like a Pirate Day… then again, Karen Carpenter could sing the phone book and it would sound glorious.

DON CHARLES presents THE SINGING DOGS
Jingle Bells

This is the rare 78 RPM version where you get an introduction, as well as barking versions of “Pat-A-Cake” and “Three Blind Mice,” before we get to the star of the show, the dogs barking a version of “Jingle Bells.”  Laugh if you must, but someone made money off of this.  Maybe not me, but someone did.

GEORGE WINSTON
Skating

Yes, it’s from the TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas.  And yes, it’s associated with the holidays.  But do you hear the words “Christmas” or “Santa Claus” in this song?  In fact, do you hear ANY words in this song? 😀

FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD
The Power of Love

Why am I including this track?  Well, first off, it’s probably the best FGTH song they ever wrote, even better than “Relax” or “Two Tribes.”  Secondly, have you seen this video?  They crafted an entire Christmas video for a song that really isn’t about Christmas at all.  Wow.  Total wow.

Okay, everyone … have a great Christmas, enjoy the holiday season, and I’ll see you tomorrow with a new blog post.

What, you think I get Christmas off?  Silly you …