In recent weeks, a couple of articles have named Paul McCartney’s 1979 holiday anthem “Wonderful Christmastime” the worst Christmas song ever recorded. They have a point! But Stephen Colbert is out to fix those perceptions. Last night, on his Late Show, Colbert sought to protect the reputation of “Wonderful Christmastime” by unveiling the actual worst Christmas song of all time. He and his musical guest Norah Jones debuted the maddeningly simple “Christmas Is Now” along with a full choir — and no, it’s not worse than “Wonderful Christmastime,” though it’s a noble attempt. Later on in the show, Jones performed her version of Horace Silver’s 1959 jazz standard “Peace,” which she covers on her new album Day Breaks. Below, watch the performances of “Christmas Is Now” and “Peace.”
Day Breaks is out now on Blue Note.