Holidays and music have long gone together. Some of the most memorable holiday sing-alongs (aka ‘The Classics’) have been written and recorded over the last 150 years. With the Golden Age of holiday songs (arguably) behind us, we are annually subjected to the popular artist re-make rife with vocal olympics, over-production, gaudy arrangements, and sometimes just a bad fit.
There are occasionally some gems: poignant versions that remind us of the sentiment in the song, and some versions featuring clever arrangements, genres, and mash-ups. But what seems to be most lasting or most impressionable (to me at least) are the odd, random pairings of artist, song and genre. Over the last 35 years there have been some new “Classics” that put a genuine twist into the old standards. Here are few of my favorites.
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqe30azXSBo&feature=player_embedded#!]
David Bowie and Bing Crosby – Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiXjbI3kRus&playnext=1&list=PLDE5BD9BA29C89A86&index=33]