The Top 10 Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

December 8, 2010

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

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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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5. "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues

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What an amazing song by an amazing band. Put together by Celtic punkers The Pogues back in 1987, "Fairytale of New York" features Brit singer Kirsty MacColl goin’ toe to toe with legendary looker Shane MacGowan. The epic number is done as an Irish folk ballad, but the way it was written by Jem Finer/MacGowan and arranged gives it a heartwarming texture that instantly tugs at your heart strings. This song is a classic example of the right way to do a sentimental song about the holidays. It’s all heart and soul with a zero cheeseball factor. Leave it to the ugliest frontman of all time to put down one greatest holiday jams ever.

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4. “Merry Muthaf***in' Xmas” by Eazy-E 

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Thugs celebrate Xmas too, y’all. Just when you thought a song about Christmas couldn’t get anymore awesome, gangsta rap founding father Eazy-E had to come along and put down one of the dopest tracks ever about jolly old Saint Nicholas. Not only does Dolemite make an appearance while getting raw on some young kids in the opening of the track, but Eazy-E also throws in a very festive drive-by shooting just for the holidays. The lyrics in this song are hilarious as well as jaw-droppingly raunchy. “Now dashin' through the snow in a candy right top 6-4. Over the hills I go laughin' at this ho.” Does it really get any better than this? Doubtful. “Merry Muthaf***in' Xmas and have a f***ed up new year!”

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3. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon 

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With help from deadly production master Phil Spector, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" was recorded by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band in late 1971. It was first intended to be a protest song for the Vietnam War, but "Happy Xmas” has gone on to become an alternative staple during the holiday season. Anything that John touched is pretty much gold and this pop classic is no different. While most artists put together throwaway holiday tracks that are instantly forgotten, this one by Lennon & Yoko has lived on well past its years. We’re seriously fortunate to even have it. RIP John.

2. “Merry Xmas Everybody” by Slade 

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Written by English glam rockers Slade back in 1973, "Merry Xmas Everybody" was actually a number-one single in the UK for the outlandish band. Not too shabby for yet another Christmas song getting churned out during the holidays.

First and foremost, this is an awesome song. Even if it wasn’t about Christmas and the lyrics were changed around, it would have probably still hit number one on the charts. Written by Slade members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea, “Merry Xmas Everybody” is simply all anyone could want from a holiday tune. It’s upbeat, the hook is fantastic and it’s also a bit wacky. The song basically takes over your body and forces you to have a good time. Just looking at the band performing it makes me want to slam down a beer bong filled with eggnog.

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1. "Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C.

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There is no question that this is the illest of all the Christmas classics, y’all. Produced by Rick Rubin and Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis" was a universal hit the second it dropped on the holiday compilation A Very Special Christmas. There are definitely some solid works by The Pointer Sisters and Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band on the LP, but the contribution by Run, D.M.C. and the late Jam-Master Jay truly made it memorable. It also doesn’t hurt that it was created by one of the greatest rap crews ever. The main thing that separates “Hollis" from almost all another holiday tunes is fact that you can enjoy bumping it during any and all seasons. That’s how dope it is. It’s also perfect for the kids, people. RIP Jam-Master Jay

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