BY MICHELLE MEDFORD
With less than three weeks away from Christmas, it’s time to bring on the figgy pudding, one-horse open sleigh rides and Yuletide carols! And what would a Cinefille recommend for your playlist? Songs from the movies, of course. So, here’s some of the greatest original Christmas songs we’ve been gifted from films. (Technically, this disqualifies “Welcome Christmas” and “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” because they’re from a TV special. And that scene in Elf, although it’s one of the best Christmas movie scenes ever.)
5) “Somewhere in Memory” from Home Alone[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUeCvidbhd8]
You might not think you know this song based on the title alone, but you definitely do. And I’m sure once you hit play, you’ll start seeing scenes from the movie, like the moon eerily disappearing behind a cloud, the wind rattling the wreath on the McCallisters’ door, Kevin befriending the scary old man…
4) “Silver Bells” from The Lemon Drop Kid[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoekfgmbe-o]
Most of us probably know the Bing Crosby version of this song, though it was originally a sweet little duet between Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in a forgotten Christmas movie.
3) “White Christmas” from Holiday Inn[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qa6Eyfx0mE]
Although Bing Crosby first sang this song in a radio broadcast, it wasn’t recorded and released until Holiday Inn. It then went on to win an Academy Award and become the best-selling single of all time.
2) “What’s This?” from The Nightmare Before Christmas[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuWD-mSUtrU]
Every year, we Cinefilles find an excuse to mention The Nightmare Before Christmas in December. But it’s just truly one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, one reason being its amazing soundtrack. What else would you expect from one of the highly- respected and accomplished composer Danny Elfman?
1) “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” from Meet Me in St. Louis[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g4lY8Y3eoo]
Again, another song where you probably recall a different version (Sinatra’s). Judy Garland’s version is rich, emotional and unforgettable. If I had to pit the legends against each other, I’d go with Garland’s version, easily.
“One More Sleep ‘Til Christmas” from The Muppet Christmas Carol[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udRGkgFZ0us]
Kermie is just too charming to not make the list.
“Making Christmas” from The Nightmare Before Christmas[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKAxikZmY-0]
If you thought “What’s This?” wasn’t a typical Christmas song, then here’s one that’s even less so. It even scares me at times, but I love it.