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The Top 10 Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

by spike.com   December 08, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 1,008

The holidays have always been notoriously suspect when it comes down to the music being played during the festivities. Most of the songs and artists being presented seem to be even older than the holidays themselves. We’re all for a classic holiday ditty in front of an open fire, but a set list of festive jams with some balls is just what the doctor ordered.


10. "Oi to the World" by The Vandals

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For those of you that don’t know, Huntington Beach, CA punkers The Vandals actually put out an entire record full of rapid X-mas ditties in 1996. They’re all pretty similar in terms of structure and goofy content, but they most definitely get the job done if you’re looking for an alternative to your parent’s blasting the Carpenters each and ever year. The title track “Oi to the World” tells the heartwarming tale of how the punks and the skins all live happily ever after during some crazy adventures on Christmas Day. It’s the perfect gift for all the good little boys and girls out there.

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9. “Merry Christmas ( I Don't Want To Fight Tonight )” by Ramones


Even though Christmas may not be all that punk, we all know that we’d much rather have one of the greatest acts in the genre doing their very own festive tune for the holidays instead of some crappy lounge singer like Wayne Newton. “Merry Christmas ( I Don't Want To Fight Tonight )” is pretty much what you’d expect from the Queens, New York punk pioneers. It features Joey’s unorthodox vocals pumping out some random Christmas-like lyrics with Johnny and the boys doing what they do best. A punk rock-themed Christmas sounds amazing if you ask us. RIP Joey, Dee Dee and Johnny.

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8. “The Little Drummer Boy” by Stevie Wonder

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Anytime you have an artist like Stevie Wonder covering anything you better take notice. The man is one of the most talented musicians to ever walk the earth and his take on the Katherine K. Davis-written Christmas classic is nothing short of extraordinary. Forget Bing Crosby, Stevie is where it’s at, people.

Produced by the late Motown great Henry "Hank" Cosby, "The Little Drummer Boy" has a soul that none of the other classic renditions possess. This all because of Mr. Wonder. It’s even crazier to think that he was only 17 when he recorded it. Stevie’s natural ability to sing just about anything really shines through on this track. If you want a great Christmas record that has more of a classy sophistication than cheesy sentimentality, grab his 1967 LP Someday at Christmas. You won’t regret it.

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7.  "Little Saint Nick" by The Beach Boys

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The first time I heard the 1963 tune "Little Saint Nick" I realized that anything the classic Beach Boys/Brian Wilson sound touches instantly becomes brilliant. "Little Saint Nick” is just what you might think. It’s a song about Christmas that just so happens to be doused in The Beach Boys’ remarkable harmonies and their sunny, SoCal vibe. Usually a song like this would come off extremely cheesy if done by one of the most popular bands on the planet, but thanks to Brian Wilson’s legendary production work, it stands out as one of the best holiday tracks ever recorded. Thanks, Brian.

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6. “The Chanukah Song” by Adam Sandler

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Adam Sandler obviously has a serious knack for penning comedic holiday-themed songs. "The Thanksgiving Song" is a fan favorite for sure, but Jews the world over had their prayers answered when Sandler finally gave them their very own quirky tune about the festival of lights. The second Sandler performed “The Chanukah Song” back in the mid-‘90s on Saturday Night Live it was an instant classic by the next morning. People out there may think this is played out, but when Sandler first unveiled it, teenagers were quotin’ “The Chanukah Song” at Hebrew schools across the globe. There are three freakin’ versions of this song, but I personally only really like to remember the first edition. Drink your gin and tonic-ah, and smoke your marijuan-icah, guys.

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