Posts by Robert of the Radish

  • The Top 20 Most Downloaded Christmas Songs

    Robert of the Radish at Yahoo Music7 mths ago

    Bing Crosby's version of "White Christmas" is not just the biggest selling Christmas single of all time, it's the biggest selling single of all time, period. Christmas or not. But Bing recorded the song way before digital downloads took over the music business.

    Since 20013, Nielson Soundscan began tracking digital downloads as well as point of sale scans. This playlist includes the most downloaded songs since Neilson started tracking them. And Bing is still hanging in there at number 10!

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  • Songs About Santa Claus

    Robert of the Radish at Yahoo Music7 mths ago

    The Santa Claus we know today is largely based on the Dutch figure "Sinterklaas", who was based on the real-life Saint Nicholas, a Greek bishop from the 4th century. Nicholas is a saint that is said to have been responsible for great miracles, including bringing the dead back to life.

    One of the most popular stories of Saint Nicholas has to do with a poor man and his three daughters. Since the man could not afford a dowry, his daughters were bound for a life of prostitution since they would remain unmarried, and unable to earn a living any other way. It is said that St. Nicholas heard of the families plight, and secretly delivered gold to the family right before each daughter came of age. St. Nicholas wanted to keep his charity a secret, so when one of the daughter's came of age he dropped a sack full of gold down the chimney where it landed in the girl's stocking, which was hung on the fireplace mantel to dry.

    You can probably see where this bit of folklore led.

    This playlist includes contemporary versions of songs inspired by Santa Claus, the most famous and beloved person for millions of children across the world.

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  • A Heavy Metal Christmas

    Robert of the Radish at Yahoo Music7 mths ago

    Heavy Metal is not a genre you think of when Christmas comes to mind. That's why a heavy metal playlist of Christmas songs was so appealing to me.

    What could be better than taking sentimental, feel-good, pure as the driven snow Christmas songs, and adding a good dose of darkness and electric guitars? Okay, maybe there's a lot of stuff better, but the combination is definitely worth a playlist just to know it's been done.

    This playlist includes 17 Christmas songs by heavy metal bands and clocks in at just over an hour. If Bing Crosby, Johnny Mathis, Perry Como and Nat King Cole are driving you nuts, this may be a short term solution for you.

    You'll find classic 80s acts like Twisted Sister, Dokken, Queensryche, Dio and Winger alongside newer bands and comedy rockers like The Darkness and Spinal Tap.

    Merry Christmas.... in hell!

    A Heavy Metal Christmas (you may need to scroll to see the whole list)

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  • 50 Classic Christmas Songs

    Robert of the Radish at Yahoo Music7 mths ago

    Every Christmas season brings a rush of artists releasing Christmas albums. Each one trying to leave their mark on history. The majority are remakes of Christmas song classics, but there are also brand new Christmas songs released each year.

    Creating a "hit" Christmas song is very hard to do. I think the reason is because of how much nostalgia there is around the holidays. We all associate fond memories of Christmas past with the music we heard at the time. This means great Christmas recordings tend to be passed down from generation to generation, and this is something that's really hard to break into. But for those artists who can, it means a lifetime of Christmas bonus checks in the form of royalties.

    For this playlist I've picked out 50 classic Christmas songs that you'll hear every year. Each one has passed the test of time and show no sign of disappearing.

    So if you're a fan of traditional Christmas songs, this is the playlist for you.

    50 Classic Christmas Songs (you may need to scroll to see the whole list)

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  • Ode to the Pumpkin

    Robert of the Radish at The Y! Music Playlist Blog8 mths ago

    Our camera died this past weekend, so yesterday I took the kids out and bought a new one without much hesitation. You see, the camera is now something that I must own. It used to not be this way, but once you have kids you don't want to miss capturing moments that go by so quickly. Last night, while in the front yard, I noticed the pumpkins my wife put out on the front porch. They created a wonderful vignette with the moon and landscape lighting throwing shadows of curved ironwork on their orange forms. The image inspired me to get the tripod out and test my new camera with a long exposure time. The photo I captured can be seen in this blog.  After I took the photo the inspiration continued -- I started thinking about the pumpkin, long a symbol of the harvest and Halloween, and what the soundtrack could be. The 10 songs in this list represent the fruits of my efforts. I must say, this was a pretty challenging theme for a playlist, so please let me know what other "pumpkin songs" could be added.

    Ode To The Pumpkin

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  • Classic Monsters: A Halloween Playlist

    Robert of the Radish at The Y! Music Playlist Blog8 mths ago

    Today, the family and I went out searching for our Halloween costumes. Every store we walked into seemed to be doing a brisk business, which I hope is a good sign for the economy. My kids, like most, are really into Halloween. They love picking costumes, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and lately they've started to show an interest in monsters. They're finally at an age where a scary movie (I'm talking something mild like Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein ) doesn't send them screaming in terror. Tonight we Neflixed a couple episodes of the Munsters, a show that I grew up with. My kids ate it up. This was the inspiration for this Halloween-themed playlist. I've chosen 14 songs, each one in honor of a classic monster. From Frankenstein, to Dracula, to the Mummy, to the Invisible Man, they're all here.

    What's your favorite classic monster, and what songs would you add?

    Classic Monsters: A Halloween Playlist

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