48 episodes

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!

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    • 4.0 • 116 Ratings

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!

    49: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

    49: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

    This month, Jay and Scott take a deep dive into the song "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen".

    Songs played on this episode:


    Bach Choir
    Rondo Arrangement for Fortepiano
    The Choir Singers (from 1917)
    Nat King Cole
    Bing Crosby
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Perry Como
    Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
    Metal: August Burns Red
    Irish Folk: The Irish Rovers
    Chiptune: Scunison
    Punk: The Myrrdurers
    Acapella: Pentatonix
    Parody: The Restroom Door Said Gentlemen by Bob Rivers
    Country: The Petersens
    Rock: First to Eleven
    Ska: Fayetteville Ska Alliance
    Dubstep/Trap: Skullee
    Reggae: The Reggae All-stars



    Here's the episode of The Sopranos that Jay mentioned.

    • 35 min
    48: Boogie Woogie Christmas (with Duane!)

    48: Boogie Woogie Christmas (with Duane!)

    For half-Christmas, we have a special guest, Duane Bailey, on to discuss the 2002 album "Boogie Woogie Christmas" by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

    Songs from this episode:




    Jingle Bells

    Boogie Woogie Santa Claus

    Winter Wonderland

    Blue Christmas

    Santa Claus is Back in Town

    Baby It’s Cold Outside

    The Nutcracker Suite

    The Man with the Bag

    Sleigh Ride

    So They Say It’s Christmas

    O Holy Night

    The Amens

    Let it Snow

    Run Rudolph Run

    What Are You Doin’ New Year’s Eve

    Cactus Christmas

    Santa Drives a Hot Rod

    Christmas Island

    • 1 hr 1 min
    47: The Little Drummer Boy

    47: The Little Drummer Boy

    In this episode, Jay and Scott discuss the history of "The Little Drummer Boy" and also go deep into the Bing Crosby/David Bowie duet. They even dig up obscure versions of the song by Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix, and more.


    Check out the hilarious Saturday Night Live spoof of the Crosby/Bowie duet
    with Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly.


    Versions of the song played in this episode:



    Julie Andrews Patapan (1975)
    Trapp Family Singers (1951)
    Jack Holloran Singers (1957)
    Harry Simone Chorale (1958)
    Bing Crosby and David Bowie (1977)
    Perry Como (1968)
    Jimi Hendrix (1969)
    Ray Charles (1985)
    Ringo Starr (1999)
    The Kings Singers (2013)
    Leslie Odom Jr. feat. Mzansi Youth Choir (2020)
    Hip-hop version by Lauryn Hill (1999)
    Jazz version by Dave Koz (2001)
    Country version by Toby Keith (2007)
    Jamaican Drummer Boy (Reggae version) by Shaggy (2011)
    Punk version by Sean Quigley (2011)
    Ska version by Reel Big Fish (2014)
    Acoustic version by Justin Gambino (2015)
    Chiptune version by Sara Lopez (2018)
    Metal version by Ben Dixon (2019)
    African Tribal Style by Alex Boye ft. Genesis Choir 2015

    • 50 min
    46: The Twelve Days of Christmas

    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:


    Portland Choir and Orchestra
    Perry Como
    Roger Whittaker
    John Denver and the Muppets
    Ray Conniff Singers
    Straight No Chaser
    Pentatonix
    Jacob Miller (reggae style) 
    Mob Vibe (trap style)
    Relient K (pop/punk style)
    Sara Evans (country style)
    Goldfinger (ska/punk style)

    Parody versions played:


    Twisted Sister
    Bob and Doug McKenzie
    Allan Sherman
    Bob Rivers (The Twelve Pains of Christmas)
    Jeff Foxworthy (The Twelve Redneck Days of Christmas)

    • 44 min
    45: Carol of the Bells

    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:


    The Tabernacle Choir
    The Crimean Chamber Choir (Shchedryk)
    Corey Lennox (Major Key)
    Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians
    Roger Wagner Chorale
    Phil Spitalny's Hour of Charm
    Robert Shaw Chorale
    Southern Raised (Country)
    Dylan Johnson (Reggae)
    August Burns Red (Metal)
    Aubrey Logan (Scat Jazz)
    Skatune Network (Ska-Core)
    The Regulars Band (Kittystyle)
    PocketsUke (Kazookalele)
    Bethel University Department of Music (Handbell)
    Capital Kings (Dubstep)
    Nate Maelz & StickyBeats (Trap)
    Rush Coil (Chiptune)
    Lindsey Sterling (Violin)
    The Piano Guys
    John Williams (from Home Alone)
    Kenny Rogers
    Andra Day
    Straight No Chaser (Acapella)
    Trans-Siberian Orchestra

    • 45 min
    44: Jingle Bells

    44: Jingle Bells

    This month, Jay and Scott dive deep into the history of "Jingle Bells".

    Songs Featured in this Episode:


    Tom Rouch
    The Edison Male Quartet
    Benny Goodman Orchestra
    Glenn Miller Orchestra
    Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters
    Les Paul
    Don Charles (Dogs Barking Jingle Bells)
    Gemini 6 Broadcast from Space
    Dean Martin
    Frank Sinatra
    Ella Fitzgerald
    Michael Bublé
    Don Carlos and Glenice Spencer
    Sex Pistols
    The Ventures
    The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    Gwen Stefani
    Barbra Streisand
    Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
    Dolly Parton
    Johnny Cash
    Straight No Chaser

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
116 Ratings

116 Ratings

nicholas 42 ,

Brand new listen

I heard you talk about this on Christmas morning so added.

Nick

FLfan21 ,

Really interesting and entertaining!

Great show, excellent research. Entertaining and informative hosts who make each episode into a coherent and fun show.

BrandonShawn ,

Tinsel Tunes lives on!

This podcast is in good hands. Scott and Jay are fantastic and so excited for the next chapter of Tinsel Tunes!

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