The Best Songs from Christmas Movies or Specials
When it comes to the Holidays, one of my favorite things to do is sit down and watch all the seasonal movies/specials that it’s only appropriate to watch during this time of year (it’s sacrilegious otherwise I’m told, even if it has nothing to do with religion, which is understandable I guess). I have a long list of things I watch in the days leading up to Christmas; The Bishops Wife, The Preachers Wife, It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Scrooged, Scrooge (the musical), Winnie The Pooh And Christmas Too, The Life And Adventures Of Santa Clause (70’s version), and much more. A lot of these movies and TV specials include some pretty fantastic songs, and since the week is gonna be slow and I need something fun to write, I thought I might list off some of the best songs from these programs. From a famous green grump to a wizard that can’t walk, from a snowman with a special hat to a red nosed reindeer, here are some of the best of the best.
There’s Always Tomorrow from Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Hah, you thought the theme song was going to be on here, but there are too many better versions of that one to count, but it did have some other songs that were fantastic. This song is sung by Rudolph’s love interest Clarice, a simple and encouraging song about not giving up hope. Standing out against all the cruelty Rudolph’s been on the receiving and of, it’s a simple, moving song.
Silver And Gold from Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Sung by narrator and famed folk singer Burl Ives, and taking place just after the group meet Yukon Cornelius, this song is a beautiful little folk tune about the joy Christmas decorations can bring. It’s short but it’s worth a listen.
Have A Holly Jolly Christmas from Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1964)
Last one from Rudolph I swear. This is the second most famous song from this special, and one of Ives’ biggest hits. I’ll admit there were a few things I didn’t get a few things about this song, mostly I didn’t get what a “cup of cheer” was (alcohol I guess now) and how it relates to if there will be snow or not.
You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch from How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
There are so many great things about this special; the animation by cartoon legend Chuck Jones, Boris Karloff’s turn as the Grinch and June Foray’s Cindy Lu Who, it’s faithfulness to the book, and the songs, the most famous of which is this little ditty. Sung by Thurl Ravenscroft, with some truly Seussian lyrics, it’s a truly fun song.
Welcome Christmas from How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
While Mr. Grinch was a rather funny song about exaggerating the despicable-ness of the main character, this moving song is there to help the Grinch realize the true meaning of Christmas and contains the entire message of the story without really having to say it. It doesn’t matter if you have gifts or not, it’s Christmas as long as you have your friends and loved ones to spend your time with.
Put One Foot In Front Of The Other from Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1970)
How to describe this song…. meh just watch it.
You…You/Happiness from Scrooge (1970)
I could actually put every single song from this musical on this list, but I’m combining these two because they represent how much better this movies does Scrooges evolution to being a better man than many other versions of this story. Taking place during the Christmas Past segment, these two song are interspersed with each other to show that Scrooge is starting to realize that the way he’s acted have hurt not only the people he loved, but his own chances for happiness.
I Believe In Santa Clause from The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974)
Somewhere In My Memory from Home Alone (1991)
I’ll leave you with this one, written and orchestrated by John Williams and nominated for Best Song at the 1991 Academy Awards, I think the instrumental is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard, and the touching lyrics are just icing on the cake.
Happy Hollidays, and as Col. Potter once said on MASH; “May the coming year be a damn sight better”