Top 5 XMas Songs To Make You Go 'Huh'?
There’s nothing quite like Christmas music to spark the holiday spirit. Something like She & Him’s Christmas album is enough to make you want a Santa hat and a peppermint coffee, but everyone knows the go to holy heaven of Christmas songs is Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’. Not a year goes by when the holiday season rolls around and that song isn’t played at every store, coffee shop, and everywhere in between to the delight of everyone. The same, however, can’t be said for these obscure Christmas gems we’ve collected and compiled for you. So next time you’re in charge of playing holiday beats you can impress your friends and family with that Arcade Fire or Bob Dylan song that hasn’t quite made the xmas playlist yet.
Bob Dylan It Must Be Santa
The folk icon is well known for his curly hair, raspy voice, and cool anti-political demure but that’s not the case in this video. Dylan sings at a really absurdly uncomfortable party that makes us feel too drunk and/or too high, not to mention that his famous fro has been Hot Topic-style straightened. As if this song weren’t agonizing enough Dylan didn’t limit himself to one Christmas song, but released an ENTIRE album in 2009 dedicated to the holiday. #BlessThisMess
TLC Sleigh Ride
Filled with big hoop earrings, overalls, and lots of romantic moments, TLC’s best kept secret is just the kind of holiday party we wouldn’t mind going to. I mean there is even a pregnant woman in a robe, an old couple kissing under the mistletoe, and coordinated dancing at this event! This is the kind of song you play when all your older relatives have passed out from wine and food and Christmas can get a little more live.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie Little Drummer Boy
The history of Christmas duets is a long and storied one, but it never got any stranger (perfect?) than the pairing of legendary crooner Bing Crosby with legendary alien sex god David Bowie. The two got together for a rendition of Little Drummer Boy, but what really makes this collaboration so memorable was the bizarre video that accompanied the single. Bowie and Crosby join together in someone’s well decorated home to reminisce on Christmases past. Why are they there? Does David Bowie always go door to door in old English estates? Can he come to our house this Christmas?
Arcade Fire A Very Arcade Xmas
Arcade Fire are undoubtedly one of the best bands of the new millennium, but they didn’t start that way. Lead singer Win Butler has always had a unique voice, one that at times can be strained from his overload of emotions that he tries to express. In this eight minute Christmas themed ballad however, he is just plain bad. Bringing the sounds of dying cat vocals on top of an improvisational holiday jam session ultimately just sounds like noise. Supposedly the track was recorded while the band was raging drunk, which explains a lot, but it sure doesn’t make it sound better.
Snoop Dogg & Friends Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto
Do you ever wonder what Santa might be like if he stashed an eighth of OG Kush in your stocking? The answer to that question and a slew of others are addressed in Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto, a hip hop jam that puts quite a spin on the holiday season. Engineered by Snoop Dogg, the song appeared on an album called ‘Christmas on Death Row,’ a compilation of every West Coast rapper who was semi-famous in 1996. Lyrically the track is flawless, mashing every familiar holiday phrase you can think of with the typical West Coast hip-hop fare of women, weed, and guns. You may think you’re cool this winter, but are you Snoop Dogg in the 90’s cool?