There is more to Christmas music than the traditional holiday classics. Over the years, some unexpected artists have tackled the Christmas season with some often hilarious results. This year, try some of these songs to get a laugh out of visiting friends and family.
Oh Come All Ye Faithful – Twisted Sister
Sure, maybe Twisted Sister isn’t the first band that comes to mind while sitting around the Christmas tree sipping eggnog, but there is something oddly festive and thoroughly entertaining about this single. Released in October 2006 on the A Twisted Christmas album, the song has been a holiday hit ever since. Sounding much like a mash up of the band’s 1984 hit We’re Not Gonna Take It, this one is sure to give metal fans a good dose of holiday cheer.
Things I Want – Sum 41 and Tenacious D
Not the most likely of candidates to collaborate on a Christmas song, the result of this hard rock and comedy pairing is what one might expect if the devil wrote a Christmas wish list and put it to heavy metal. Complete with thrash metal guitar rifts, Jack Black’s high pitched wailing and a hilarious set of lyrics, this is a great song for anyone looking for something a little different over the holidays.
Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer – Randy Brooks
Since it was first performed by Elmo and Patsy Shropshire in 1979, Grandma’s tragic demise has become a popular source of dark comedy over the holidays for years. Covered several times by artists such as Less Than Jake, Poe, and most noteably The Irish Rovers, this odd Christmas classic is easy to sing along with and sure to get a laugh.
Christmas In Hollis – Run DMC
Perhaps best remembered from the beginning of the movie Die Hard, hip hop giants Run DMC show that even the most hardened MC’s can still get a little mushy over the holidays. Originally released in 1987, this song continued to grow in popularity over the years. Complete with a ridiculously cheesy video, even hip hop haters will probably crack a smile at this one.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Alice Cooper
Count on Alice Cooper to take something as innocent as Santa Claus and make him creepy and disturbing. Released in 2008, the song was part of a collection of metal Christmas covers on We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year. Turning this traditional holiday anthem in to a song that sounds more like the story of a stalker, Cooper adds his name to the many artists that have covered a Christmas classic and make it all their own.
Honorable Mention: Santa Claus and his Old Lady – Cheech & Chong
Although it’s not really a song, this comedy sketch set to music deserves a spot on the list. About as different as it gets for the holidays, listeners can enjoy hearing Cheech take some time to look through the haze and explain to friend Chong all about the mysterious Santa Claus and his magic dust. Hearing the comedy masters offer their own unique take on the man behind the sleigh is sure to get a few laughs.