Is it too early to ask? Or too late? These things are so complicated.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” by Frank Loesser, sung by The Orioles in the original 1949 recording: Video posted by MusicProf78 According to the Songfacts blog, this is the second most popular song for the end of the year, and it is the kind of ballad that is usually sung in a melancholy

Although it’s been said many times…

“The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” by Mel Tormé and Bob Wells, sung by Paul McCartney: Video by Paul McCartney And sung by Mel Tormé and Judy Garland, including the rarely-recorded opening verse: Video posted by BestArtsJudy “The Christmas Song,” was written by Tormé and Wells when then were 19 and 22

May your days be merry and bright

I don’t think this song needs much of an introduction–here’s “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, sung by Bing Crosby and Martha Mears (dubbing actress Marjorie Reynolds), in the movie Holiday Inn: Video posted by alpineic1. (Only the first two and half minutes or so of the video are from the film.) Or, if you prefer,

If such is your intention, you probably should already have headed out.

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Kristin Chenoweth: Video posted by KristinChenowethVEVO And an informal acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro: Video by Jason Castro (Yes, the ‘stache is unfortunate.) The song, wistful and haunting, was first recorded

About “making hearts grow three sizes in one day”

“You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” by Albert Hague and Theodor Geisel, sung by Thurl Ravenscroft: Video posted by horgemlingurinn And here’s a cover by Darius Rucker: Video posted by Darius Rucker   To quote from Albert Hague’s obituary in the The New York Times: “When he played the song he wrote for the Grinch

One songwriter, many Christmas songs

Johnny Marks made something of a speciality of Christmas songs–Wikipedia lists 26 Christmas and Christmas-show songs by Marks, and he named his music publishing company St. Nicholas Music. Here are some particularly well-known examples: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” by Johnny Marks, based on a poem by Robert L. May, as sung by Destiny’s Child (you

So yesterday we had a Phil Spector-influenced song…

How about an actual Phil Spector song? “Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by Ellie Greenwich, Jeff Barry, and Phil Spector, sung by (a quite young) U2: Video posted by Justin Duarte And sung by the original singer, Darlene Love (with Patti LaBelle), just a year ago: Video posted by The View According to Rolling Stone