It's Christmas Eve, the radio stations that go all Christmas, all the time since Thanksgiving are starting to wear thin, and you've heard just about as many renditions of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" as you can stand. One more "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and you're going to spike your eggnog with arsenic, right? Well don't fret, because the well of Christmas-themed music is deep, and some of gems might have passed you by entirely. Looking for an alternative to the standards? We've got you covered.
Back in 1997, before Gwen Stefani discovered Harajuku girls or even considered a solo career, No Doubt indulged in their ska-punk roots for an cover of The Vandals' tribute to the holiday. Everybody pogo!
No one said these were all going to be gems. Did you know the New Kids on the Block put out a Christmas album? It's not that surprising, as it's a pretty standard boy band move. But did you know it went platinum? Even Arsenio Hall can't quite believe it as he introduces the group before they perform the highlight of the album, "Funky, Funky Xmas." Oh, and they rap.
It must have no longer been raining men, as the ladies in The Weather Girls were getting desperate and turning to Santa Claus to help them find love. It's actually a lot fun, and the intro is super-soulful. You could do a lot worse.
It may sound a lot like the Village People, but this yuletide riff on their biggest hits, "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man," is actually by a non-profit group called Holiday Express. So that should make you feel better about enjoying it, right?
Follow Ned Ehrbar on Twitter: @nedrick