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March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 10:50 pm
by Santa's Little Helper
Ho-ho-ho! This year we will be voting on a new tournament of awesome: the most awesome Christmas songs.

Christmas need not be a time for terrible renditions of "Santa Baby" and "Feliz Navidad" at the grocery store. And for writing "Wonderful Christmastime," Paul McCartney should only drop dead. Internet quizbowl personalities have chosen these 64 songs as the best alternatives that Christmas has to offer, and it will be up to you to vote on them.

Suggested criteria include: Christmas-ness, quality, and how far the song fits our mission statement of not being something you would hear on a Muzak soundtrack.

The full bracket is provided below. Open voting with Youtube links to the songs will commence tomorrow for the Hannukah in Santa Monica Regional with the play-in game.

HANNUKAH IN SANTA MONICA REGIONAL

Play-in-game: A Johnny Ace Christmas by Squirrel Nut Zippers vs. Brick by Ben Folds Five

1) Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl vs. 16) Play-in winner
8) What Child, Nowell by Tori Amos vs. 9) I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus by Standstill

4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas by MST3K v.s 13) Chocobo's Happy Christmas by Masashi Hamauzu
5) What's This by The Nightmare Before Christmas vs. 12) Bar-B-Que by Emmet Otter's Jug Band

3) Merry Christmas I Don't Want to Fight Tonight by The Ramones vs. 14) Baby, It's Cold Outside by Dean Martin
6) Christmas in Killarney by The Irish Rovers vs. 11) One Little Christmas Tree by Stevie Wonder

2) Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto by Snoop Dogg et al. vs. 15) Santa's Got a Mullet by Nerf Herder
7) Blue Christmas by Elvis vs. 10) Santa Claus is Coming to Town by The Ventures

KWANZAABOT REGIONAL

1) Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC vs. 16) 12.23.95 by Jimmy Eat World
8) We're a Couple of Misfits by Burl Ives vs. 9) It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fish-Men by Andrew Leman

4) Oi to the World by The Vandals vs. 13) Christmastime for the Jews by Darlene Love
5) Christmas in New Orleans by Louis Armstrong vs 12) The Christmas Song by Weezer

3) Linus and Lucy by Vince Guaraldi vs. 14) Sometimes You Have to Work on Christmas by Harvey Danger
6) Everything is One Big Christmas Tree by The Magnetic Fields vs. 11) Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by David Bowie and Bing Crosby

2) You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch by Thurl Ravenscroft vs. 15) Fuck Christmas by FEAR
7) Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys vs. 10) Ex-Miss by New Found Glory

FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US REGIONAL

1) Christmas Time in Hell by South Park vs. 16) Christmas Time Don't Let the Bells End by The Darkness
8) Christmas at the Zoo by The Flaming Lips vs. 9) Merry Christmas Brother by Gordon Gano & Cynthia Gayneau

4) Christmas At Ground Zero by Weird Al vs. 13) Carol of the Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra
5) Happy Christmas War is Over by John Lennon vs. 12) Merry Christmas...If That's Okay by MST3K

3) Merry Christmas by Wesley Willis vs. 14) I Won't Be Home for Christmas by Blink-182
6) I Want an Alien for Christmas by Fountains of Wayne vs. 11) A Christmas Duel by The Hives & Cyndi Lauper

2) Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses vs. 15) Jack Frost and the Hooded Crow by Jethro Tull
7) The Night Santa Went Crazy by Weird Al vs. 10) Deck the Halls by Mannheim Steamroller

BLACK SANTA'S REVENGE REGIONAL

1) Christmas Rappin by Kurtis Blow vs. 16) Thanks for Christmas by XTC
8) Bizarre Christmas Incident by Ben Folds vs. 9) Keep Christmas With You by Sesame Street

4) Father Christmas by The Kinks vs. 13) Gabriel's Message by Sting
5) Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis by Tom Waits vs. 12) Jesus Christ by Big Star

3) Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach vs. 14) Just Like Christmas by Low
6) What Will Santa Claus Say? (When He Finds Everybody Swingin') by Louis Prima vs. 11) Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland by Grandaddy

2) What We Do On Christmas by Atom and His Package vs. 15) Christmas 1942 by Ennio Morricone
7) I Sure Hope I Don't Have to Beat Your Ass This Christmas by Aqua Teen Hunger Force vs. 10) Snoopy's Christmas by The Royal Guardsmen

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:03 am
by AKKOLADE
the best post (except for the criminal underrating of the Harvey Danger song)

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:11 am
by swwFCqb
Fred wrote:the best post (except for the criminal underrating of the Harvey Danger song)
And the absence of The Twelve Pains of Christmas.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:30 am
by Red-necked Phalarope
Fred wrote:the best post (except for the criminal underrating of the Harvey Danger song)
The person who placed this in the same first-round match as Linus and Lucy should be tried under the 8th Amendment.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:34 am
by dtaylor4
Where is the Twisted Sister Heavy Metal Christmas?

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 12:38 am
by Skepticism and Animal Feed
Eazy E would like to have a word with you, though I suppose that word would be censored in the HS section

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 2:10 pm
by Haaaaaaaarry Whiiiiiiiiiite
Shouldn't it be 68 teams now?

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 5:00 pm
by Susan
Morraine Man wrote:Eazy E would like to have a word with you, though I suppose that word would be censored in the HS section
I'm pleased that you managed to restrain yourself this time!

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 10:50 pm
by Santa's Little Helper
PLAY-IN GAME

A Johnny Ace Christmas by Squirrel Nut Zippers

vs.

Brick by Ben Folds Five

Vote in this thread for the best Christmas song of the two by 11:59 PM EST, Tuesday, November 30. The winner moves on to the tournament proper.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:08 pm
by AKKOLADE
Brick by Ben Folds Five.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:11 pm
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Since some sick jerk nominated Brick, I'm left with no choice but to vote for it.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:13 pm
by vcuEvan
Fred wrote:Brick by Ben Folds Five.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:14 pm
by Flutist Wren
Brick

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:22 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Brick.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:30 pm
by Edward Elric
Yeah im gonna have to go with brick

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:41 pm
by Susan
Also voting for Brick.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:44 pm
by Demonic Leftovers
Voting for Brick, but only because it is the 23rd most conservative rock song of all time.
EDIT: Source
http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/ ... n-j-miller

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:57 pm
by Habitat_Against_Humanity
dseal wrote:Voting for Brick, but only because it is the 23rd most conservative rock song of all time.
Please tell me that there's a list of these somewhere. Also vote Brick.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 11:59 pm
by Kwang the Ninja
Habitat_Against_Humanity wrote:
dseal wrote:Voting for Brick, but only because it is the 23rd most conservative rock song of all time.
Please tell me that there's a list of these somewhere. Also vote Brick.
here
vote for JOHNNNY ACE

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 12:41 am
by Red-necked Phalarope
Since Brick looks to be on its way to a comfortable victory, I'm going to give a sympathy vote for the Chapel Hillian-done-good Squirrel Nut Zippers here.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 1:14 am
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
Atlee Hammaker wrote:Since Brick looks to be on its way to a comfortable victory, I'm going to give a sympathy vote for the Chapel Hillian-done-good Squirrel Nut Zippers here.
Chapel Hillian done good also describes Ben Folds, funnily enough.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:10 am
by Auroni
brick

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:16 am
by kayli
Brock

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:35 am
by Auks Ran Ova
Brichard (Brick to his friends).

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:14 am
by themanwho
Johnny Ace.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:16 am
by Santa's Little Helper
And it's Brick in a landslide.

We now move on to the first four first-round matchups, with voting to extend until 11:59 PM EST on December 2.

1) Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl vs. 16) Brick by Ben Folds Five
8) What Child, Nowell by Tori Amos vs. 9) I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus by Standstill
4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas by MST3K v.s 13) Chocobo's Happy Christmas by Masashi Hamauzu
5) What's This by The Nightmare Before Christmas vs. 12) Bar-B-Que by Emmet Otter's Jug Band

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:27 am
by Down and out in Quintana Roo
The problem with this is "Brick" is probably one of the handful of songs on this entire list that people actually know (and know they like). I would say that already it has as good of a chance as any to win it all.

I'll listen to these later and vote.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 8:43 am
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
1. Fairytale of New York
9. I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
4. Let's Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas
12. Bar-B-Que

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:19 am
by Cheynem
Brick is a good song, but I don't think of it as a Christmas song and it certainly ain't gonna top Fairytale of New York. FAIRYTALE
I will pass for now on the 8/9 matchup.
PATRICK SWAYZE CHRISTMAS
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas was one of my favorites as a lad, and I will take it. BAR-B-QUE

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:18 pm
by Nine-Tenths Ideas
16. Brick [just to be contrarian]
9. I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
4. Patrick Swayze
12. Bar-b-que

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:20 pm
by STPickrell
I see Elvis' Blue Christmas. There is, however, a marked absence of Judy Garland, Slade, and Bing Crosby herein. Therefore, this tournament is invalid.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:33 pm
by Rufous-capped Thornbill
Carangoides ciliarius wrote:The problem with this is "Brick" is probably one of the handful of songs on this entire list that people actually know (and know they like). I would say that already it has as good of a chance as any to win it all.

I'll listen to these later and vote.
Clearly your parents didn't listen to the Christmas stations every day from Black Friday until Christmas Day every year like mine, because I know just about all of these.

Oh, and I'm taking:
Fairytale of New York
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus by Standstill
Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas by MST3K
Bar-B-Que by Emmet Otter's Jug Band

EDIT: Voting

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:33 pm
by Auks Ran Ova
Fairytale of New York
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
Chocobo's Happy Christmas, which really is fantastic
Good song vs. otters. Hmm. ABSTAIN

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:46 pm
by The Toad to Wigan Pier
Fairytale of New York
What Child, Nowell
Chocobo's Happy Christmas
What's This

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:16 pm
by themanwho
Fairytale of New York
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
Let's Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas
Bar-B-Cue

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 2:31 pm
by Cheynem
Shawn, my attempts to nominate Bing Crosby songs were defeated by the point that nobody likes those songs unironically. I resigned myself that this is the "Non-Muzak Christmas Song Contest," although frankly, that invalidates several of these nominees. Neverthless, my picks to win remain unfazed.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:08 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Cheynem wrote:Shawn, my attempts to nominate Bing Crosby songs were defeated by the point that nobody likes those songs unironically. I resigned myself that this is the "Non-Muzak Christmas Song Contest," although frankly, that invalidates several of these nominees. Neverthless, my picks to win remain unfazed.
Are you kidding? I love Bing Crosby!

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:18 pm
by alkrav112
16) Brick
8) What Child, Nowell
4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
5) What's This

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 4:19 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
16) Brick by Ben Folds Five
8) What Child, Nowell by Tori Amos
4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas by MST3K
5) What's This by The Nightmare Before Christmas

I can't believe some of the other votes in this thread! These are the clear picks.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 6:37 pm
by Flutist Wren
1) Fairytale of New York by The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl
8) What Child, Nowell by Tori Amos
4) Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas by MST3K
12) Bar-B-Que by Emmet Otter's Jug Band

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:36 pm
by AKKOLADE
Going with:

Fairytale of New York, and I'm saying this as a guy who really loved Ben Folds Five.
What Child, Nowell, though I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus was enjoyable as well
Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
Bar-B-Que. You always have to have a 5-12 upset!

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 9:38 pm
by Kwang the Ninja
I'd better vote so that Brick doesn't go on some sort of inexplicable Cinderella run!
Fairytale, Tori Amos, MST3K, Bar-B-Que.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:25 pm
by Susan
Fairytale of New York (as always when watching Shane Macgowan, I'm reminded to make sure we're up to date with the dentist)
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
What's This

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:30 pm
by The King's Flight to the Scots
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Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:42 pm
by Steeve Ho You Fat
Fairytale, just because it doesn't have a conservative political message.
What Child
Chocobo
What's This

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:50 pm
by Windmill Tump
Brick
I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus
Let's Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas
What's This

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:05 pm
by Mechanical Beasts
Joe N wrote:Fairytale, just because it doesn't have a conservative political message.
Pretty sure BF isn't arguing "people should be banned from getting abortions" with that song. Rather, he's just chronicling the emotional trauma associated with an actual experience from his life (according to an interview I read a few years ago, this actually happened, at least approximately). I don't think "abortions are emotionally traumatic" is a particularly conservative (or, for that matter, bad to hear) message.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:09 pm
by Sen. Estes Kefauver (D-TN)
Or maybe there's an ongoing joke about its "conservatism" in the thread?

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:56 am
by Angry Babies in Love
What Child, Nowell. Gotta go with the Richard Montgomery alum.
I'll have to listen to the rest later.

Re: March Madness comes early this year: Top 64 Christmas Songs

Posted: Thu Dec 02, 2010 2:07 am
by Mechanical Beasts
Jeremy Gibbs Freesy Does It wrote:Or maybe there's an ongoing joke about its "conservatism" in the thread?
Humor? On the internet?!