’Tis the season to say “’tis the season” too much. ’Tis also the season to reflect on the year that was, eat too much, see family, and get nostalgic with your favorite holiday tunes. But since we’re all about superlatives around here, we wanna know: What are the greatest Xmas songs of all time? Well, with Festivus rapidly approaching, the web has begun churning out special holiday treats for children young and old.
Like, did you realize that Wham!’s “Last Christmas” has practically become a holiday standard? Well there’s a blog that’s dedicated solely to covers of the tune — and if there’s a blog involved, it’s gotta be true. Stereogum-reader Alex L. told us that Last Christmas promises 5 to 7 covers a day, and there are 41 already! That means “there will be around 150 covers by the big day. Who knew it was so popular?” Probably not even Georgie, Alex!
Then there’s the “humor” holiday tunes. Nothing beats “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” — but there are always new contenders. Here are two newcomers, one from Sarah Silverman and one from the South Parkers, both via Santa Vegan.
And of course there’s The Killers’ “A Great Big Sled,” which you guys hated, so we won’t bother telling you about the video. Instead, check out The Dan Band’s punny clip for their yuletide tune “Ho Ho Ho.” We fucking need them more than ever. There’s also that blasphemous R. Kelly claymation parody, but a homicidal, bi-curious Santa coupled with a bong-toting Jesus ain’t for everyone, we know!
So if holiday vids aren’t your thing, how about a holiday mix with a bit of Low, Sufjan, Eels, and oh so much more?
Thought so. Check Rewritable Content for the goods. Or, for a self-described “weird” take on “O Holy Night” from our bud Cale from Aloha, head to Suburban Sprawl Music.
Have we jogged your memory a bit? Good! Now let’s get a solid playlist of holiday tunes together. Which ones are your faves? If you have holiday mixes you wanna link to, feel free to post ’em in the comments. Grab a cup of eggnog and holler!