“I’m dreaming of a whiiiiite Christmas, just like the ones I used to knooooooow…” If there’s one song everyone knows by heart it’s this yuletide tune. Irving Berlin wrote it and many a star has sung it, but Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” is the BEST SELLING SINGLE of all TIME. No kidding! This kitsch camp favorite is the ultimate holiday jingle, a blast from the past that brings us a smile year in, year out, plunging us back into our fondest childhood memories.
Music - December 14, 2016
Can a song be kitsch and be good music? You bet. Just listen to this playlist of yuletide hits that are both kitsch and great pop.;)
In 1972, John Lennon released the peace anthem Happy Xmas (War is Over) with Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band. Though it didn’t make much of a splash in the ‘70s, it became wildly popular in the ‘80s, even climbing to number 2 on the Billboard Charts. A militant anthem becomes a timeless hit.
Soul singers also churn out Christmas hits, especially recently: think “This Christmas” (2010) by R&B king Chris Brown and “Back to December” (2011) by Taylor Swift. And for Xmas mellow, cue up “Something about December”, a sweet piano ballad by Christina Perri (2012). For some cozy hearth and home music, there’s Sam Smith’s velvety voice on “Have Yourself a Little Christmas” (2014). Kelly Clarkson’s first yuletide single, “Underneath the Tree”, was released in 2013 and Andra’s holiday tune “Merry Christmas” would put Scrooge himself in the holiday spirit. 😉
If punk’s your thing, turn it back to 1989 and The Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” (1989). The group Train also knows how to rock out the mistletoe with “Shake up Christmas” (2010). And for the grand finale, The Killers’ Don’t Shoot Me Santa (2007). Rock’n’roll and Christmas were made for each other.:D
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