TODAY... IS THE DAY! After a week of mind-numbing polls, voting on every possible genre of Xmas/holiday song, today is the day when we pick the best of the best and make our final decision: "What is the best Xmas/holiday song EVARRR???"
But first a quick recap of this week's journey:
You voted on FOUR CATEGORIES! Secular (Non-religious stuff written before 1970-ish, and after 1900-ish), Traditional/Jesus-y (Stuff glorifying god and/or Jesus or written pre-1900), Animated (Songs either written for, or used in, animated holiday specials), and Commenter's Choice (songs that commenters bitched and moaned were neglected from previous lists).
NOW we'll take the top two from each list (plus "Heat Miser"—because of a near tie, and "Father Christmas"—because c'mon... it really should be on the list) and combine them all to form the HOLIDAY CHEER MEGA-POLL in which we decide once and for all what exactly is the BEST XMAS/HOLIDAY SONG EVARRR!!!
(Note: Perhaps your favorite song wasn't chosen. But can you for once please put your anger aside, hold your nose, and vote for the best song on this list? Because a) It's a pretty goddamn good list, and b) It's the holidays. YOU'RE THE BEST!!!)
SERIOUSLY, THINK HARD ON THIS ONE: The songs and their links are all posted after the jump if you want to make a truly informed choice! The winning song will be posted on Christmas Eve, so we can virtually give each other drunken hugs and express emotion that is normally too hard to expend. Okay? Okay! Annnnnnd... LET'S VOTE!
Christmas Time is Here (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Fairytale of New York (The Pogues)
Carol of the Bells
O Holy Night
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
You're a Mean One Mister Grinch
Linus & Lucy Theme (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Heat Miser (Year Without a Santa Claus)
Father Christmas (The Kinks)