Wednesday, December 24, 2008

HALLELUJAH, HALLELUJAH: As predicted, this year's UK Christmas number one song is the bombastic cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" by X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke, which you can see her perform here with all the subtlety, hand gestures and tone-deafness-as-to-lyrics of a Young David Archuleta.

In a surprise second place, however, is the late Jeff Buckley's version of the song, which I'm happy to provide in studio and live formats. The song joins such other better-than-the-one-that-won #2s as "Fairytale of New York" and Mariah Carey's "All I Want From Christmas Is You" (see, also, the much-enjoyed Love Actually version by Olivia Olson).

And, of course, I can't let this post end without bringing in your old friend Billy Mack with "Christmas Is All Around," and inviting you to share your favorite songs of the season, a list surely including Eric Cartman's cover of "O Holy Night".

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