And So This Is Christmas

Everyone loves Perry Como’s “It’s Beginning To Look Like Christmas” or feels the warm nostalgia listening to “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby year after year. Yes, there are some steadfast standards of the holiday season, but there’s also some quirky ones that get the occasional spin as well. Let’s take a closer look at some these oddball favorites.

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping, opens a new window

Often confused for a Blondie tune, this 80s bah-humbug holiday hit by the Akron, Ohio new wavers probably guarantees them a nice royalty check once a year.

Bryan Adams - Reggae Christmas

This regal refrain about “goin’ down to Kingston town” by the famous multi-platinum Canuck is always worth a rotation when you want to just get away for the holidays, mon.

Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime, opens a new window

Sounds like someone got a new synthesizer from Santa.

Elmo And Patsy - Grandma Got Ran Over By A Reindeer

Hard to believe this bizarre tale about a reckless Santa is almost 40 years old. A perennial favorite, but just weird enough to be relegated to the rickrack of joyous jams.

Meco - What Can You Get A Wookie For Christmas?

A space-age song sung by heavily synthesized robotic carolers, asks maybe the most important question of the season.

Beck - Little Drummer Machine Boy, opens a new window

Nothing makes me think of seasonal cheer more than the pounding pulse of an 808 kick drum.

The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York, opens a new window

Amazing and sad yuletide yarn of yet another Christmas in ye olde drunk tank. Great duet by Shane MacGowan and the late Kirsty MacColl.

RUN-DMC - Christmas In Hollis, opens a new window

“It was December 24th on Hollis Ave in the Dark”. Featuring a merry sample of Clarence Carter’s “Back Door Santa” and some sleigh bells added for just the right amount of festive funk.

Of course, this is just a small sample of the atypical tunes of this merry new year. Be sure to check out more favorites and not-so-favorites and keep the jingles jolly.

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