Still more lazy thoughts from this one…

Merry Movie Music for the Holiday

Christmas Movies & Music

Since it’s Christmas Day here in the U.S., and in keeping with the music theme from my last post, I thought to include some of my favorite holiday songs in this one. And since they’ve been utilized in film, ones also preferred by me, might as well cite them here, too. Season’s Greetings.

1946

It's a Wonderful Life

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
(pub. 1856) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1840)
Hymn by Charles Wesley (1730)
Played on piano by Carol Coombs

“Auld Lang Syne”
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish ballad
Words by Robert Burns

Both sung by the mob at the Bailey home at the end (please forgive the blasphemous colorization)

1983

Gremlins

“Do You Hear What I Hear”
lyrics and music by Noël Regney and Gloria Shayne
Performed by Johnny Mathis
Provided courtesy of CBS Records
Written by Noel Regney (uncredited)

1987

Lethal Weapon

“Jingle Bell Rock”
Performed by Bobby Helms
Written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe
Courtesy of MCA Records

1988

Die Hard

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
Written by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Performed by Vaughn Monroe
Courtesy of MCA Records

1990

Home Alone

“White Christmas”
Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by The Drifters
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products

1996

The Long Kiss Goodnight

“Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree”
Written by Johnny Marks
Performed by Dion DiMucci (as Dion)
Courtesy of The Right Stuff
under License from EMI-Capitol Music Special Markets

2003

Bad Santa

“Please Come Home for Christmas”
(1960)
Written by Charles Brown and Gene Redd
Performed by Sawyer Brown
Courtesy of Curb Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing

Elf

“Santa Baby”
(1953)
Written by Joan Javits, Philip Springer (as Phil Springer), and Tony Springer
Performed by Eartha Kitt
Courtesy of The RCA Records Label, a unit of BMG
Under license from BMG Film & Television Music

2005

The Ice Harvest

“The Little Drummer Boy”
Written by Harry Simeone, Katherine Davis and Henry Onorati
Performed by Tony Babino in the opening titles (and restrictively held by Universal) so I’ll use Frank Sinatra’s rendition:

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16 Responses to “Merry Movie Music for the Holiday”

  1. mummbles

    Awesome blog, its funny how many classic songs I first heard in movies before I knew them. I guess it has a lot to do with growing up in a family that saw many many movies. Thanks for this!

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