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My Top Five: Favorite Jimmy Buffett holiday songs

December 16, 2013

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I’m a DJ for Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville and the host of our five-day-a-week live shows that broadcast from the Florida Margaritaville Café located just outside the gates of Universal Orlando! So if there’s one thing I know, it’s Jimmy Buffet. In the spirit of the season, here are My Top Five Jimmy Buffett songs for the holidays!

1. “Christmas In The Caribbean” by Jimmy Buffett, Michael Utley, Will Jennings, Marshall Chapman and Diana Haig. From Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads (1992 Box Set)

Number one on my list happens to be Jimmy’s first recording of a Christmas song. It first appeared as one of eight new songs on his 1992 box set, Boats, Beaches, Bars & Ballads. If you remember the holiday beer commercial that featured the silhouette of an island beach house and a row of tall palm trees, you may agree that this is the song that should have been playing as one of those palms lit up like a Christmas tree.

2. “Merry Christmas, Alabama (Never Far from Home)” by Jimmy Buffett and Matt Betton, from Christmas Island (1996)

This sad/sweet song is simply a reminder that part of the season’s joy is the pleasant memories of the places that we have called home during the holidays and that we take these memories wherever we travel. As the last song on the album, it also contains the “hidden-track” of Jimmy reading the traditional classic ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.

3. “Ho, Ho, Ho and a Bottle Of Rum” by Jimmy Buffett, Roger Guth, Peter Mayer and Russ Kunkel. From Christmas Island (1996)

This is just pure Buffett fun. A whimsical tale about Santa’s need for a Caribbean vacation after the holidays.

4. “Sailor’s Christmas” by Jimmy Buffett and Roger Guth. From Christmas Island (1996)

A singer-songwriter who is also a sailor should give a nod to his brethren. This song is that nod. It is also yet another example of Jimmy letting his fans in on the lifestyle that he really does lead.

5. “Winter Wonderland” by Felix Bernard and Richard Smith. From Robert Greenidge, A Coral Reefer Christmas (2010)

Robert Greenidge is Jimmy’s long-time steel pan player from his band The Coral Reefers. Originally from the island of Trinidad, Robert shows his roots and lays down a beautiful island accompaniment for Jimmy to sing this holiday classic. Jimmy also uses his playful rap at the end of the song to remind us that he too was a Christmas baby.

Cheers & Happy Holidays from all of us here at SiriusXM’s Radio Margaritaville (Ch. 24)!