Kenny G – “Winter Wonderland” – (1994)

Kenny G’s “Winter Wonderland” – as with most of Kenny G’s Christmas music – evokes sounds of New York to me. I guess it’s because I grew up watching Christmas movies that take place in New York City and depending on the decade in which they were released, featured a saxophone-laden Christmas-themed score. It’s soft, sit-by-the-fire type Christmas music. This is from Miracles: The Holiday Album, the best-selling holiday album since 1991 and perhaps of all time – it’s gone platinum 8x.

Michael Bolton feat. Kenny G – “Missing You Now” – (1991)

Hey, imagine that, another track from Michael Bolton’s Time, Love & Tenderness. Is it just me or does Michael Bolton, when he’s speaking in the video (not singing) sound like Kevin Costner? They even kind of looked alike (back then at least). For that extra 1980s touch, enter Kenny G with that kickin’ sax in the background. This is early 1990s Adult Contemporary at its finest – which I consider part of the 1980s. Fun facts: the song peaked at #77 and Teri Hatcher was in the music video.

Kenny G – “Auld Lang Syne (Millennium Mix)” – (1999)

Why is Kenny G always barefoot on his album covers? Put some shoes on, it’s weird. Bizarrely, this album charted in the top five on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. This version of the song was a top ten hit in the U.S. at the end of 1999. It features sound clips – a walk through the history of the 20th century. It made everybody nostalgic, and since everyone thought the world was about to end, I guess that was a good thing. The song is less about Kenny G, really, and more about the sound clips which are pretty interesting. It’s like a first-hand version of “We Didn’t Start the Fire.” Plus, “Auld Lang Syne” is the New Year’s song for whatever reason (it’s got something to do with Scotland).

#23 – Kenny G – “Silver Bells” – (1994)

This is one of the best versions of any instrumental Christmas song. The song really evokes the mood of the holidays, but every time I hear it I can’t help but think that it might be Lenny Pickett & the Saturday Nigh Live Band… because this is the type of thing they play… I guess I would say that it has a very “New York feel” to it.