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  1. #1 Kevin Allen's Top 10 Christmas Songs of All Time 
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    Like most sporty pundits, I have opinions. And from time to time I like to share these opinions in an open forum as a means to spark lively debate.

    It is this sentiment that prompted me to spend 10 minutes compiling what I think is the definitive, end-all/be-all top-ten list of Christmas songs ever compiled.

    Now, before you go saying things in the comment section like "You left off 'Jingle Bells' you total moron," just remember that it is Christmas and while arguments could be made for why I am or am not a moron, 'complete' is just a bit excessive.

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    So here's the list of Kevin Allen's Almighty, Indisputable, Divinely Conceived Top Ten List of the Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time -- And No, 'Jingle Bells' Is Not One Of Them:

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    #10 -- Walking in a Winter Wonderland" -- The title of this song is so optimistic. Just the thought that anyone could mistake sleet, slush, ice, whipping winds and general winter misery for anything even remotely resembling a 'wonderland' is, to me, hilarious.
    Jason Mraz - Winter Wonderland (original !)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dhz2R...christmas.html
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    #9 -- "We Three Kings" -- I never learned the real lyrics to this song. It did teach me, however, that trying to smoke a rubber cigar is not a good idea. Because in all likelihood, it will have been loaded and it most certainly will have
    We three kings
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87wGH...christmas.html
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    #8 -- "Little Drummer Boy" -- Any song that brings David Bowie and Bing Crosby together must be badass.
    "Little Drummer Boy", David Bowie and Bing Crosby
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zMhS...christmas.html
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    #7 -- "Sleigh Ride" -- As an advocate for all things onomatopoeia, the words ring-a-lin, jing, jing, jing-a-lin strike an emotional chord. Also, isn't that just a lovely sentiment -- it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you -- man, I hope someone says that to me some day. Maybe not those words exactly ... but the sentiment. Yeah. The sentiment.
    Brian Setzer - Sleigh Ride - Live!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0gbO...christmas.html
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    #6 -- "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" -- As a kid I loved this song because it sounds just as good when you shout it as when you actually try to sing it. Plus, the idea that not only do I have a king, but someone wants to bring good tidings to both me and my king -- that's just solid gold.
    Weezer - We Wish You A Merry Christmas With Lyrics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eihoE...christmas.html
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    #5 -- "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" -- You may not realize it, but for some people Christmas is a huge downer. Not for me. John Lennon's potentially depressing ditty is a reminder to me that I'm really lucky. For that same reason, if the Verve's "Lucky Man" were a Christmas song, it would be on this list.
    John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) Lyrics
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBfEG...christmas.html
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    #4 -- "Silent Night" -- Every year this song gets entirely overplayed. Usually I gloss over it and don't pay it much mind. But sometimes -- with the right crooner or songstress at the helm -- this song will choke me up. It only happens about once a Holiday season, but when it does -- wooo boy! Waterworks.
    Celtic Woman-Silent Night
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtQr8...christmas.html
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    #3 -- "Oh Holy Night" -- The first verse of this one is a real snoozer, but then it gets to the line, "Fall on your knees! O, hear the angels' voices!" And I'm hooked. It's such a theatrical image -- kind of like Leo DiCaprio in "Romeo and Juliet" where he yells "I am fortune's fool" with the rain pouring. Yep...kinda like that.
    Nsync - Oh Holy Night Acapella
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXzJq...christmas.html
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    #2 -- "Christmas Time's A-coming" -- You probably didn't see this one coming. For anyone in the Allen/Sullivan household, however, this is no surprise. We wore grooves into the Emmylou Harris Christmas album, and this song will always remind me of Batavia, the house I grew up in, our remarkable dog Winston and being showered with an obscene amount of presents. I'm sure it will do the same for you if it's your first time hearing it.
    Christmas Time`s A Coming - Emmylou Harris
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIpHH...christmas.html
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    #1 -- "Baby It's Cold Outside" -- As much as I'm convinced that cold weather and snow is God's personal campaign to smite me, I do enjoy being indoors with good people. This song is all about that. Like Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water" it's a work of art that adapts to its environment seamlessly, providing a harmonious segue from the man-made world to the outdoorsy ruins that Papa Winter insists on creating each year.
    Baby It's Cold Outside
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9re6...christmas.html
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    This has potential to be a classic:

    http://video.aol.com/video-detail/sn...ong/1775918593
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