I truly love Christmas. I'm one of those cookie-baking, car-wreath sportin', Martha Stewart Living-magazine totin' freaks that can't get enough of this holiday. My favorite aspect is, of course, the music that defines the spirit of Christmas. But man cannot live on the holiday offerings of Magic 94.9 FM radio alone, because alas, the station tends to play the same songs year after year. I've compiled a list of 10 songs that I think everyone ought to hear this holiday season some are original masterpieces by contemporary artists, and others are covers of classics that do our favorite Christmas carols justice. Enjoy, and if you feel so inclined, add input on some of your favorite holiday jams in the comments section below.
1. "Don't Shoot Me Santa," The Killers, Don't Shoot Me Santa (2007). I've had a very good year, which means I've been a little naughty along the way. The Killers recorded the ultimate song for those of us on Santa's naughty list to benefit the Global Fund's (RED). It's slightly on the twisted side, with lead singer Brandon Flowers (pictured above) confessing, "Oh, Santa, I've been killing just for fun." Santa, who knows if you've been bad or good, replies to Flowers, "Well, the party's over kid, because I've got a bullet in my gun." The video has a hilarious narrative, and highlights one of the true messages of Christmas friendship, even in the face of an ax-wielding Santa Claus.
2. "Christmas Time Again," Extreme, A Very Special Christmas 2 (1992). This was one of my favorite Christmas songs as a kid. While it clearly displays Extreme's affinity for rock, the ballad is full of beautiful harmonies and lyrics suggesting that Christmastime "comes and goes, so let's pretend that it'll last all year." What a rockin' idea.