My Favorite (Slightly Obscure) Christmas Songs

Favorite Obscure Christmas Songs

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As a pianist, I spend Decembers playing the piano for office lobbies, departments stores, school choral concerts, Christmas luncheons, sing-a-longs, office parties, and home parties.

I never get tired of Christmas/winter holiday music. I know some people groan when they hear Christmas music in the stores and on the radio (and goodness knows we don’t need to be hearing it before Thanksgiving), but I love it. Every year. I love playing it, I love hearing it, I love singing it. It never gets old.

I could go on and on listing Christmas/Winter songs I like, but I wouldn’t be telling you anything you haven’t heard many times before.

Instead I thought I’d list a few of my favorites that you may not be familiar with — or, at least, don’t hear over and over and over again.

So here is …

My Favorite (Slightly Obscure) Christmas Songs


1) The Kinks — Father Christmas

I absolutely love this song by The Kinks, I’m guessing partly because it’s so different from your typical Christmas song, and also it’s rare that you hear it. I love, love, love it. In a weird way you could even say it’s my personal favorite Christmas song.

2) The Monkees – Riu Chiu

I’ve been a big Monkees fan ever since I was about seven. Their Christmas episode is honestly probably one of their worst episodes ever, but there version of “Riu Chiu” almost makes up for the rest of it:

3) Christmas Time is Here — A Charlie Brown Christmas

This is probably the least obscure song on my list. The Christmas season wouldn’t be complete for any of us if it weren’t for Charlie Brown Christmas. This is a great song to listen to, and I love to play it on the piano, too.


4) Adam Sandler — Chanukah Song

Oh my gosh, I haven’t heard this in years! I couldn’t stand Adam Sandler when he first came out (and hated The Waterboy), but between this song and Fifty First Dates, he started to grow on me.

I used to teach middle school music and would sneak a little clip of this song into a Name That Tune game we would play on Fridays. In every class, the kids would literally leap out of their chairs when they heard it!

5) Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto — James Brown

Okay, I have never heard of this song until about two hours ago when I started writing this article! But it has to be included on this list.

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