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The Top 10 Holiday Songs That Don't Suck

by spike.com   December 08, 2010 at 10:00AM  |  Views: 756

 
5. "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues

Photo: Island

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 

Source: EMI/Parlophone/Apple

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 

Photo: Polydor Records

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.

Source: BMG

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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