Christmas Playlist 2017: Reggae, Colbert And A Five-Pound Box Of Money

Even if you love Christmas music, you've got to admit that certain songs can be...overplayed. There's only so many times you can hear "All I Want For Christmas Is You" without wanting to tackle a Christmas tree. With that in mind, here are some lesser known holiday gems you can slip into the playlist to keep things fresh.

Stephen Colbert + Run The Jewels - "Jingle Jingle (Santa Party)"

It's been a rough year. So credit Stephen Colbert (no stranger to this sort of thing) for trying to make a peppy, upbeat new Christmas classic. However, hip hop duo Run The Jewels have other plans...

Pearl Bailey - "Five Pound Box of Money"

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For anyone who dreads the bills and credit card statements that come with the holiday season, behold the realest Christmas song of all time.

Bob Rivers - "O Come All Ye Grateful Dead-Heads"

Tribute to the Dead, or hippie-bashing? While you're deciding, check out the Dead singing "Run Rudolph Run" at Madison Square Garden in 1971:

Snoop Dogg + Boyz II Men - "Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto 2017"

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This song - itself a remake of Snoop's song from the 1996 "Christmas on Death Row" album - was written and performed for a 'Showtime at the Apollo' Christmas special this year. Best enjoyed with "a sack of that crazy Glue". 

Barrington Levy ft. Trinity - "I Saw Mommy Kiss A Dreadlocks"

A much-needed reggae take on the excruciatingly oft-covered "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". Play it while you're trimming the collie tree. 

Basshunter - "Jingle Bells"

Have you been singing along to "Jingle Bells" and thought, "this is great, but I'd rather it sounded like a 5AM Christmas techno party"? Then this is for you.

Afroman - "O Chronic Tree"

Afroman - the rapper who had so many things to do, but then he got high - recorded a Christmas album. Two, in fact. Here's a clip of Afroman paying tribute to his favorite plant. 

Louis Prima - "What Will Santa Claus Say?"

"What will Santa Claus say when he finds everybody swingin'?," asks bandleader Louis Prima, in a song that sounds like it could have fit in at one of those wild parties they have in 'Reefer Madness'. 

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