People have mixed feelings about Christmas music. Some listen to Christmas Pandora all year long. Others avoid radio like the plague, knowing it brings nothing but Christmas croonings.
I like a Christmas song that makes me chuckle. I’m not talking “grandma got run over by a reindeer” comedy Christmas songs. I’m talking about Christmas songs you know and love that just have something flat- out ridiculous about them.
Listen to this mix and get ready to ho- ho- ho.
1. “Carol of the Meows”, Guster
Guster sings this acapella “Carol of the Bells” entirely in meows. Bonus points for being featured in The O.C. episode “A Very Merry Chrismukkah”
2. “FaLaLaLaLove Ya”, Nikki Lane
“Falalala” are ridiculous lyrics. Nikki Lane knows this, and she works them into a darling pun.
3. “Soul Cake”, Sting
Forget Sting’s version of “I Saw Three Ships” where he sounds like the angriest caroler ever. Sting’s real masterpiece lies in “Soul Cake”, his string- heavy take on an All Souls’ Day tradition.
4. “Gaudete”, Erasure
From the geniuses who brought you the theme song from Robot Unicorn Attack comes this 80’s remake of a Medieval classic. They even have a creepy music video companion.
5. “Have A Holly Jolly Christmas”, Harry Connick, Jr.
The brass bleats crack me up every time.
6. “Christmas in the Sand”, Colbie Caillat
This song is stupid. I’ll say it. It also features some not- so- appropriate Santa fantasies. But Colbie Caillat is just so gosh darn delightful, you can’t help but love this goofy Christmas romp.
7. “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear”, Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens has whole albums dedicated to Christmas music. Some of that music sounds way too experimental to take seriously, but this synth version of “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” only lasts 47 seconds. You can pretend you are a gnome engineering the SantaBlaster 8000.
8. “Mistletoe”, Justin Bieber
Liberal use of the words “imma” and “shawty” makes this Beiber feature a Millennial classic.
9. “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, Luther Dickinson
An Americana Christmas was a boon of an album. Definitely THE best Hark The Herald Angels Sing I have ever heard, this instrumental makes crafty use of the slide guitar.
10. “Under My Tree”, *NSYNC
Back in 1998, *NSYNC produced a whole album of original, ridiculous Christmas music. “Under My Tree”, possibly the worst song on the album, gives a good sample of outdated teenybopper joy. You just can’t top four- part harmony and a key change (although 98 degrees did, on their way superior Christmas album).
Do you have another favorite Christmas crackerjack? Leave it in the comments!