Tinsel Tunes - The Christmas Music Podcast

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The Tinsel Tunes podcast goes into great detail about Christmas music. Full of fun and interesting facts, it will get you into the Christmas Spirit! Hear about classics, modern songs, songs you love, and even those songs that you dislike. We go deep into the history of Christmas songs, explore the compositions, and play lots of music!

Episode Date
50: It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Scott and Duane discuss Andy Williams' beloved song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from 1963.  Notable versions we played: Andy Williams Andy Wiliams and Kathy Triccoli Johnny Mathis Harry Connick, Jr. Barry Manillow Kylie Minogue Idina Menzel Cliff Richard Genre versions of the song we played: Celtic Thunder (Celtic) Brian Setzer Orchestra (Big Band) Pentatonix (Acapella) Brett Eldridge (Country) Ainsworth Rose (Reggae) Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh (Punk) Classless Act (Rock) First to Eleven (Hard Rock) Beegie Adair (Jazz) Silly versions of the song we played: Nasal Recorder (Nose Flute) MDRN (Dubstep Remix) Raxlen Slice (Chiptune) Adam LeFebvre (Barbershop Quartet) Gonzo and Rizzo from 2006 A Green and Red Christmas (Muppets) Here's the Staples "Back to School" commercial referenced in the episode.
Nov 22, 2022
49: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
Jul 31, 2022
48: Boogie Woogie Christmas (with Duane!)
Jun 29, 2022
47: The Little Drummer Boy
May 31, 2022
46: The Twelve Days of Christmas

In this month's episode, we discuss the origins and history of the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". 

Check out this Snopes article that fact checks the theory that there is are secret, coded Christian references in the song.

Versions played in this episode:

  1. Portland Choir and Orchestra
  2. Perry Como
  3. Roger Whittaker
  4. John Denver and the Muppets
  5. Ray Conniff Singers
  6. Straight No Chaser
  7. Pentatonix
  8. Jacob Miller (reggae style) 
  9. Mob Vibe (trap style)
  10. Relient K (pop/punk style)
  11. Sara Evans (country style)
  12. Goldfinger (ska/punk style)

Parody versions played:

  1. Twisted Sister
  2. Bob and Doug McKenzie
  3. Allan Sherman
  4. Bob Rivers (The Twelve Pains of Christmas)
  5. Jeff Foxworthy (The Twelve Redneck Days of Christmas)
May 03, 2022
45: Carol of the Bells

This month, Scott and Jay discuss the history of "Carol of the Bells".

Versions of the Song Featured in this Episode:

  1. The Tabernacle Choir
  2. The Crimean Chamber Choir (Shchedryk)
  3. Corey Lennox (Major Key)
  4. Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
  5. Roger Wagner Chorale
  6. Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm
  7. Robert Shaw Chorale
  8. Southern Raised (Country)
  9. Dylan Johnson (Reggae)
  10. August Burns Red (Metal)
  11. Aubrey Logan (Scat Jazz)
  12. Skatune Network (Ska-Core)
  13. The Regulars Band (Kittystyle)
  14. PocketsUke (Kazookalele)
  15. Bethel University Department of Music (Handbell)
  16. Capital Kings (Dubstep)
  17. Nate Maelz & StickyBeats (Trap)
  18. Rush Coil (Chiptune)
  19. Lindsey Sterling (Violin)
  20. The Piano Guys
  21. John Williams (from Home Alone)
  22. Kenny Rogers
  23. Andra Day
  24. Straight No Chaser (Acapella)
  25. Trans-Siberian Orchestra
Mar 31, 2022
44: Jingle Bells
Feb 27, 2022
43: Snoopy's Christmas

This week, Jay and Scott listen to and discuss the song “Snoopy’s Christmas” by The Royal Guardsmen.

Songs Featured in this Episode:

Snoopy’s Christmas by the Royal Guardsmen

The Story of Snoopy's Christmas (Intro)

Snoopy vs. The Red Baron

Squeaky vs. The Black Knight

Return of the Red Baron

Cover songs featured in the episode:

Smash Mouth

Nothin' Fancy

The Hainings

Sonic's Christmas by ChadGhostal1995

Crisis Crayons


James Beck

Jingle Punx

Rich Chambers

Jan 27, 2022
42 - Silent Night (and a special surprise!)

Hello everyone! This month, we will look at the song "Silent Night" with Scott and Jay from the Jingle Jank Podcast. Make sure you listen to the whole episode for a very special surprise!

Here are the versions of "Silent Night" we played in this episode:

  1. Matthew Green's Orchestral Rainbow
  2. Stevie Nicks
  3. Boyz II Men
  4. Bing Crosby
  5. Elvis Presley
  6. Andy Williams
  7. The Temptations
  8. The Carpenters
  9. Mariah Carey
  10. Josh Groban
  11. Michael Bublé
  12. Justin Bieber
  13. Kelly Clarkson (feat. Trisha Yearwood & Reba McEntire)
  14. Pentatonix
  15. Deliverance
  16. The Impressions
  17. Kylydian
  18. Huey "Piano" Smith
  19. John Denver and the Muppets
Dec 07, 2021
41 - Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

In this episode we'll look at the song "Oh come, all ye faithful". This is the "missing" episode from October, the audio was recovered from a dodgy recording and came out pretty good. There are lots of listener's versions in this episode.

Nov 20, 2021
40 - It's a Country Christmas

In this episode, we'll look at some favorite Country Christmas Songs from our listeners and some other Christmas Podcast hosts. This episode is filled to the brim with music!

This episode's top 5 list comes from long time listener Liz Asphodel, and we'll find out what her 5 favorite Country Christmas songs are as I'll read out what these songs mean to her.

After that we'll hear no less than 12 songs that listeners, hosts, and I like. We'll close out the episode with another chapter of "The Christmas Carol" recorded from vinyl.

Liz's list:

5. It Must Have Been the Mistletoe (Barbara Mandrell 1983)
4. Blue Christmas Lights (Buck Owens and His Buckaroos 1965)
3. Happier Holidays (Sarah Morris 2018)
2. If We Make it Through December (Merle Haggard 1973)
1. Honky Tonk Christmas (Alan Jackson 1993)
Honorable Mention: Please, Daddy, Don't Get Drunk This Christmas (John Denver 1975)

Other Songs Featured:

Scott Leopold, Holly Jolly X'masu podcast:
Red Sovine - Billy's Christmas Wish (Faith In Santa)
B2 (Christmas With Red Sovine)

Gerry Davilla, Totally Rad Christmas podcast:
Willie Nelson - Pretty Paper
Kenny and Dolly - Winter Wonderland

Tim Babb, Can’t wait for Christmas podcast:
Kenny Rogers - Children, Go Where I Send Thee (feat. Home Free)

Alonso Duralde, author of Have yourself a movie little Christmas:
Tennessee Ernie Ford

Listener Brian McGlin:
Christmas in Dixie by Alabama

Todd Killian from Christmas Clatter podcast:
Merry Christmas From The Family by Montgomery Gentry

Sep 27, 2021
39 - Once in Royal David's City

Hi listeners and welcome to Season 4, episode 1.In this episode, we'll recap the past month as a bit has happened. We'll also deep dive in to the song "Once in a Royal David's City". I ask for help with next month's episode and get to listen to another chapter on The Christmas Carol from vinyl. 

Links to music used in the episode:

Kings College Cambridge 2018
Kings College Cambridge 2008
Mathew Green's Orchestral Rainbow version

Aug 26, 2021
38 - Up on the House Top

Welcome to July's episode! In this episode, I'll talk about the song "Up on the House Top". We'll take a quick listen to a listener's suggestion from last month's song, "The Friendly Beasts". We touch on an idea for next month's 3rd birthday episode. We close the episode out with another snippet of The Christmas Carol as recorded from vinyl.

Jul 24, 2021
37 - The Friendly Beasts

Hi listeners! Just a short episode this month. In this episode, we'll look at one of the oldest Christmas songs, "The Friendly Beasts". We'll also listen to chapter two of the "A Christmas Carol" record from my collection.

May 24, 2021
35 - Cliff Richard's Number 1 Christmas Songs

Welcome back to Tinsel tunes with our first episode of 2021. It's great to be back!

This month I look at the two Number 1 Christmas songs from Cliff Richard, "Mistletoe" and "Wind and Saviour's Day".

ChristmasClatter.com - The Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas episode with Scott and Jay of the Jingle Jank podcast.

Links to audio on listen to on Youtube:

Dennis Waterman - I Could Be So Good For You https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRR-x9JZ_Oo

Val Doonican - The Christmas Song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmzl9M0KbsA

Other versions of these songs:

Carola Søgaard and Christer Sjögren - Juletid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlikaadsqFo

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Mistletoe and Wine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVjLSoug-X0

Gregorian Chant - Mistletoe and Wine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VUAD3V9Zqjw

Just in Case - Mistletoe and Wine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3aiKRsvzi0

Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day Official Video Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day (Official Video) - YouTube

Chris Eaton - Saviour's Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ei_btOzgWrA

Mar 23, 2021
34 - Frosty the Snowman

Hi everyone, it’s great to be back! In this episode, we’ll look at the song "Frosty the Snowman". We’ll also hear about a new Christmas Podcast called "Behind the Bells" and you’ll hear how Christmas was used to save my Christmas. (It will make sense once you listen).

Behind the Bells

Townshend Lights display videos (will updated with new videos over the next couple of days) on YouTube:

The definitive Directory of Christmas Podcasts on Christmas Past:

Christmas Clatter:

Feb 27, 2021
32 - Nightmare before Christmas

This month, we look at other versions of the music used in the movie "Tim Burton's The Nightmare before Christmas".
We also look at a Halloween song suggested by listener Benji Pearson. The song is a mash up from the songs "Come Little Children" and "The Hanging Tree": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SFf1CLrGeI

I'll also show you an other music podcast called Strong Songs https://strongsongspodcast.com/
A portion of the episode you'll hear is the episode Making Christmas https://strongsongspodcast.com/making-christmas-from-the-nightmare-before-christmas

This is Halloween
Broken Peach https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNiI6C0142g
Leo Moracchioli https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHImmMWehhE
Voiceplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YL44YFyNLys
Marilyn Manson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPqa2faffgU&list=RDlCET4j8W_fU&index=5
Pellekoofficial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7gadauy4sk
Youtuber Claudia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UzxyRluWIw

Making Christmas
Pentatonix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th_j7RUu2vM
Rise Against https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCET4j8W_fU
NateWantstoBattle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LM2mx2-1SQ

What’s This?
Fall out Boy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vb1ZS6lMFuk&list=RDlCET4j8W_fU&index=2
Flyleaf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C26KKL8uMu0
Natewantstobattle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wj3OXr6EE
Youtuber pellekoofficial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fslltR00kHs
Voiceplay https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoY4WnWtnC8

Feb 27, 2021
31 - Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Hello listeners! In this episode, we’ll look at the song "Hark the Herald Angels Sing".

Also, do you want to find out what other Christmas podcasts are out there? Then listen to Todd from Christmas Clatter Podcast’s recent episode here to find out who they are. https://christmasclatter.com/do-you-hear-what-i-hear-podcast-edition/

Would you like to know all about the new Christmas music coming out for the 2020 season?

Listen to Rikki from Sleighbells and Mistletoe Podcast as she talks to JJ from Christmas Music News and hear everything you need to know. https://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/show/sbmchristmas/id/16021322 and follow JJ on his Twitter account. https://twitter.com/NewXmasMusic

Feb 27, 2021
30 - Winter Wonderland & Second Birthday

Happy Birthday to us! This episode marks 2 years of Tinsel Tunes! In this episode, I’ll look at the song "Winter Wonderland". I also tell you about three, yes three, new Christmas podcasts:

Feliz Christmas Merry Navidad
Jingle Jank Podcast
A Cozy Christmas Podcast

Also birthday wishes from:
Brian from Christmas Past
Tim from Can’t Wait for Christmas Podcast
Chris and Kris from Christmas Time in the City Podcast
Adam from Merry Britsmas Podcast
Todd from Christmas Clatter Podcast
Gerry from Total Rad Christmas Podcast
Art from A Cozy Christmas Podcast

Feb 27, 2021
29 - Feliz Navidad

Welcome to this months episode! In this episode, we go into the song "Feliz Navidad" and listen to some versions suggested by some of our listeners. We also have a guest segment from Glen Warren from Seasons Eatings Podcast where Glen tells us about the Boar’s Head Carol.

Links to the songs used in this episode:
Shame! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXb6QI937tA
Walk of the Earth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwpvA3EsxIc
David Hasselhoff https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bBfUI5rHF4
El Vez https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-JlaNgAOrM
First to Eleven https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvd_rqU3lm8
Marlon Clark https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8rwenenDoKA
Laura Pausini https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYJKfs-fi4Q

Police Stopped my car – Bob Rivers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua4qUUMm93s
Feliz Snap you’re Dead – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhso-y2S1dI
Puss in Boots – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX5db82wkNU
Billy T James – Maori Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frQvE_HLJoY

Feb 27, 2021
28 - Tarja Turunen: From Spirits and Ghosts

This month we go dark and look at the 20017 album "From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas)" from ex-Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. We also have a short listen to three obscure songs brought to us from a listener.

Jun 26, 2020
27 - The Beatles Part 3: Ding Dong, Ding Dong & I Wanna be Santa Claus

Welcome back to the third and final episode in the Beatles in May series. In this episode I look at the Christmas offerings from George Harrison and Ringo Starr. George Harrison has the single :Ding Dong, Ding Dong", while Ringo Starr released a whole Christmas album titled "I Wanna be Santa Claus". We also hear some listener shared versions of John Lennon's Happy Christmas (War is Over).

Jun 01, 2020
26 - The Beatles, Part 2: Happy Christmas (War is over)

Welcome back to our second installment of the Beatles in May! This time we look at "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" as sung by John Lennon. I also introduce you to two new Christmas podcast  and a new song by Harper Denhard.

May 25, 2020
25 - The Beatles Part 1: Wonderful Christmastime

Welcome to another episode of Tinsel Tunes! This episode is part 1 of a 3-part series on the Christmas offerings from the members of the Beatles. In this episode we look at Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime". I'll show you 6 other versions you may like.

And I'll touch on some changes being made to the format of Tinsel Tunes for the 2020 season. They're all good, I promise.

May 16, 2020
24 - Where is the Oi I gave the World?
Mar 22, 2020
23 - Battle Royal Winner Announced & News for Next Year

In this episode, we find out who the winner is for The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle Royal 2019. I also bring you some news about the upcoming year for Tinsel Tunes.

Dec 25, 2019
22 - A reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Enjoy this bonus episode where I read the poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone!

Dec 23, 2019
21 - Reyha Stevens, Robbie Williams, Finals of the Great Battle Royale 2019

In this episode, we'll hear from Reyha Stevens as she goes into detail about her new Christmas Album "Celebrate". I'll do a mini review of Robbie Williams' new Christmas album "The Christmas Present". We'll find out who our finalists are for the Tinsel Tunes Battle Royal 2019, with the winner to be announced in the next episode due to drop on the 25th December.


Dec 17, 2019
20 - All I Want For Christmas is You

In this episode, We look at Mariah Carry’s Classic Christmas offering "All I Want For Christmas is You". I’ll show you other versions that have been submitted by listeners through social media that may appeal to you, perhaps.

The chord that makes Christmas music sound so Christmassy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xm4LO22-cyY

We’ll showcase two artists this month:
Harper Denard – Mary’s song

The Predicates – Midnight Christmas Lullaby

And Round Ten of The Great tinsel Tunes Battle Royale 2019 and get ready to vote in the Semi-Finals.

I stuffed up the listener’s choice entries dates and episodes, so here’s the rundown below:

Nov 25, 2019
19 - New Music for the 2019 Season

In this episode. I'll highlight some seasonal Christmas podcasts that have started releasing episodes for the 2019 season.

Oct 28, 2019
18 - The Music from The Santa Clause

In this late episode, we go into the music from the ever-popular movie "The Santa Clause". We also look at who won round eight of The great Tinsel Tunes Battle Royale 2019 and introduce the contenders for round nine.

Sep 30, 2019
17 - First Anniversary Q&A Episode

In this episode, we celebrate our 1st birthday. I’ve been doing this podcast for 1 whole year? My, how time flies!

I asked my loyal listeners to send in some questions, for a Q&A session and you did just that. We also find out what my top favorite Christmas songs are. We find round seven's Battle Royale winner and see who the contenders are for round eight.

Aug 26, 2019
16 - The First Noel

In this month’s episode, we look at the song "The First Noel" Find out what my top 5 versions this song are and learn about round 7 of The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle Royale 2019.

Jul 24, 2019
14 - Top Five Worst Christmas Songs

In this episode, I’ll show you the top five worst Christmas songs as voted by our listeners on our social media pages.

Jun 25, 2019
13 - The Holly and The Ivy & Doris Day

In this episode, we'll find out how one of the oldest Christmas songs, "The Holly and the Ivy," came to be. As usual, we'll have a top 5 list. The world lost the great Doris Day this month, so we'll learn some interesting information about her Christmas album titled "The Doris Day Christmas Album". I'll also let you about another Christmas podcast you should listen to, the Christmas Clatter Podcast.

May 26, 2019
12 - The Music Of Bing Crosby

In this episode, we go into some detail about the voice of Christmas - Bing Crosby! We also find out my favorite top 5 Bing Crosby Christmas cover versions of other Christmas songs. We'll also learn who won April's round of 'The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle Royal 2019' and list the contenders for May.

Apr 25, 2019
11 - O Holy Night

In this month's episode, we find out about the song "O Holy Night" which was suggested by Todd Killian, one of our Patreon supporters. 

We hear Todd's top 5 versions as well as some extra 'different' versions. We highlight a young singer by the name of Eric Cartman. We find out who won round two of 'The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle Royal 2019' and meet the contenders for April. 

Mar 27, 2019
10 - Music From The Christmas Chronicles

In this episode, we'll go into the songs of the 2018 Netflix movie "The Christmas Chronicles". We'll so hear the top 5 versions of "Santa Claus is Back in Town". 

Hear new music from Welcome to Wonder Falls: https://welcometowonderfalls.bandcamp.com/ 

Then, we will find out the winner of round 1 of The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle 2019 and see who is heading to round 2!

Feb 25, 2019
9 - Auld Lang Syne & The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle 2019

In this episode, we go into detail about the song "Auld Lang Syne". I bring to you a great song by Singer/songwriter Rebecca Fiona Adams (Bex). Please check her out on SoundCloud, I have included links to her songs and facebook page below. 

I'll mention some new and exciting additions to the world of the Tinsel Tunes Podcast and I'll introduce something called 'The Great Tinsel Tunes Battle 2019'. Listen to round one here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR0WCae86lz4Lmkkx299Hyx2yicZs1ZL6


Jan 24, 2019
8 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

It's Christmas Eve, and Santa comes tonight. So this episode is the perfect time to hear about the "Song Santa Claus is Coming to Town". Merry Christmas!

Dec 24, 2018
7 - Summer Wonderland

In this episode, we will listen to "Summer Wonderland" as used in the Air NZ Ad campaign in 2016. Even though Winter Wonderland is a great song, one of my favorites in fact, it's not one we can really relate too down here when it comes to the lyrics. I thought it would be fun to compare the lyrics and break them down and show you a little about what Christmas is like for us down here in New Zealand. 

Dec 10, 2018
6 - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

In this episode we go into detail about the song "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas", from the classic versions to the most recent covers. I countdown my top five versions and we hear some listener song suggestions. This is the first weekly episode for this December, so make sure you subscribe to catch all the episodes this month.

Dec 02, 2018
5 - Bonus Thanksgiving 2018 Episode

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Welcome to this bonus episode where I share Christmas music memories, traditions and information along with other Christmas podcasts from the Christmas podcast Network. Come, sit at our virtual table - get all nice and cozy and enjoy. You may even find some new Christmas podcasts to listen to.

Nov 22, 2018
4 - New Music For 2018

In this episode, I'll go through some of the new music being released for the 2018 Christmas season. I'll also ask if you guys, as followers, want to be called something special. I'll introduce a new segment to showcase other Christmas music. You'll find out my top 5 new release songs for this season.

Oct 25, 2018
3 - The Music Used In The Movie Elf

In this episode, we dive into the score and music used in one of the best Christmas movies ever, Elf. We'll also list our top 5 songs about Elves.

Sep 27, 2018
2 - The Golden Age Of Christmas

In this episode we pay Tribute to Soul singer Aretha Franklin. We ask (and answer) some very important Christmas music questions. We learn the top five Most recorded Holiday songs of all time. And we find out "What is the Golden Age of Christmas Music?" Plus, some Christmas News.

Aug 25, 2018
1 - The Little Drummer Boy

In this episode we learn a little about the origins for the song The Little Drummer Boy. Also the Rankin Bass Stop Motion show based on the song. Listen to find out my top 5 versions of this song. 

Aug 05, 2018
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Aug 01, 2018