THE Christmas spirit has been up and alive probably since November.
The best way to take note of this is usually in a Malaysian shopping mall — if the new pannetone frappe at Starbucks wasn’t a dead giveaway, maybe it’s time to glance up from your phones and take note of all the Christmas wreaths, not to mention the faint sound of “Deck the Halls” or “Silent Night” on repeat all day, errday.
No doubt we love the enthusiasm for this festive month, but we’re also a little sick of the same dang Christmas songs playing over and over again. Honestly, if we hear “All I Want For Christmas Is You” one more time we’ll start throwing around words that start with the letter “F”, and we promise it won’t be “Festive”.
It’s time to revamp your Christmas playlists, folks, and we’re here to help. Here are a few underrated gems to could add so much colour to your Christmas dinner playlist.
“Christmas in Hollis” by Run D.M.C.
There hasn’t been many hip-hop holiday songs throughout the years and we think that this is a bit of a shame. But we really quite like this one, a highly-creative effort by the one and only Run D.M.C. Just to refresh your memory, Run D.M.C is famous “Can’t Touch This”. “Christmas in Hollis” was first released back in 1987. 28 years later, it still sounds legit good and just the right amount of ol’ skool.
“Don’t Shoot Me Santa” by The Killers
Okay, we know the title of the track sounds dark, but then again the band themselves aren’t much of a cherry bunch (they’re called The Killers for Christ’s sake). Since 2006, the band has released original Christmas songs accompanied by their very own music video, such as this one from 2007. Proceeds from their Christmas singles also go to RED, an organization that helps with AIDS. Get your music fix and do charity at the same time?
Hell Heaven, yeah!
“Everything is One Big Christmas Tree” by The Magnetic Fields
Irony isn’t something very prevalent during Christmas, the season of love and forgiveness and baby Jesus. Which is why we have this song.. Lead singer of The Magnetic Fields, Stephin Merritt, has a pretty simple modus operandi: witty pop songs that range between so much joy to just a little too depressing. Why not a Christmas song boasting lyrics such as “here’s a vial of laughing gas perfume / see that people smile when you’re near / if they don’t like you, screw them”?
“Run, Run Rudolph” by Chuck Berry
If Run D.M.C made a Christmas rap song, we don’t see why rock and roll and blues legend can’t. Chuck Berry is known throughout much of modern history as that man whose music is still on Voyager 1, currently traversing interstellar space. We’re not kidding — if the spacecraft comes in contact with an alien, that alien will learn about our existence through the music of Chuck Berry. “Run Run Rudolph” meanwhile has been featured in a number of movies like Cast Away, Home Alone, Jingle All the Way and The Santa Clause 2.
“Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” by DMX
We bet that you weren’t expecting this, were you? Well we did say we were going to revamp your Christmas playlists and yes, that includes adding on DMX’s rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer”. But in all seriousness, who wouldn’t want a dash of DMX on their playlist? We’re still waiting for that inevitable DMX Christmas album (come on, we know it exists somewhere).