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"
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"
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'.