Give yourself a dance break…Christmas songs to lift the mood

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably had your fill of the same old Christmas classics that have been jingling all the way since time immemorial. We get it; after years of hearing those same familiar tunes, you might roll your eyes when “Jingle Bells” comes on the radio for the umpteenth time. Well, it’s time to change your holiday playlist with a sprinkle of the unusual and underrated. We’ve carefully selected these songs to give you a fresh, festive perspective. We’ve compiled a list of delightful Christmas songs with hidden gems guaranteed to turn even the biggest Grinches into merrymakers. We’ve focused on variety and stayed away from some of the well-known classics, so get ready for a musical adventure that spans a range of genres, from Grime to 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Have fun!

Jamaican Drummer Boy

Artist: Shaggy
Year Released: 2011
Jamaican Drummer Boy – Shaggy (Official Audio)

This little gem dropped back in 2011, and it’s a real treat. Shaggy, with his signature reggae style, gives the classic “Little Drummer Boy” a Caribbean twist that’s just perfect for the holidays.

What makes this song standout is how it blends the traditional Christmas spirit with island vibes. You’ve got those reggae rhythms and Shaggy’s smooth vocals creating a fun, unexpected twist to the usual holiday tunes. Think of it as cooking your turkey on the beach this Christmas.

So, whether you’re hosting a Christmas party or want something different to wrap your presents to, Jamaican Drummer Boy is the way to go. Give us some of that sunny-side-up holiday groove!

Proper Crimbo

Artist: Bo Selecta
Year Released: 2003
Proper Crimbo

“Proper Crimbo” by Bo Selecta is a fun and quirky addition to any Christmas playlist. It has that unique blend of British humour and early 2000s pop culture references that can bring back some great memories for those around that time.

The semi-famous TV celebs in the video and humorous lyrics make it a real treat, and it’s perfect for injecting a bit of novelty and light-heartedness into your holiday celebrations. It’s a reminder that Christmas music doesn’t always have to be serious and traditional – sometimes, a good laugh is just what you need to get into the festive spirit.

So, why listen and see if it brings a smile to your face this holiday season?

Christmas In Hollis

Artist: Run DMC
Year Released: 1987
Christmas In Hollis

Christmas In Hollis by Run-DMC is a must-have for your holiday playlist. This hip-hop masterpiece from 1987 not only brings festive cheer but carries some humorous movie fame – you might remember it from the greatest Christmas movie ever, Die Hard (wink, wink).

Run-DMC’s smooth rhymes, combined with the catchy beats, tell a fun Christmas story set in Hollis, Queens. The fusion of hip-hop and Christmas elements is so infectious you’ll find yourself dancing in no time.

Christmas In Hollis is like a fresh breath of air for your playlist, adding an urban vibe while keeping the heartwarming holiday spirit alive. Whether you’re a hip-hop aficionado or a Christmas enthusiast, this song is a winner for your festive celebrations.

Run Rudolph Run

Artist: Chuck Berry
Year Released: 1958
Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run (Official Video)

Imagine a song comes along that brilliantly marries two unconnected worlds – Christmas and 50s/60s rock ‘n’ roll.

Run Run Rudolph by Chuck Berry is the perfect embodiment of this fusion. It feels like a musical time machine transporting you to a bustling 1950s diner, where jukeboxes played the latest hits and people jitterbugged the night away. But in this scene, it’s Christmas time, and Chuck Berry’s electrifying guitar riffs and spirited vocals are the soundtrack to Rudolph’s race to save Christmas.

Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)

Artist: The Darkness
Year Released: 2003
The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End) (Official Music Video) [HD]

Ah, Christmas Time by The Darkness is a fantastic pick for your upbeat Christmas playlist! This song adds a modern-day rock and roll twist to your holiday celebration, injecting high-energy riffs into the mix. Released in 2003, it’s a modern classic with a vintage rock feel.

What makes this song a standout choice is its exuberant glam-rock style, catchy hooks and, of course, the deafeningly high notes. The Darkness’s lead singer, Justin Hawkins, belts out the lyrics with a contagious enthusiasm that’s sure to get everyone in the festive spirit. Christmas Time captures the anticipation and excitement of the holiday season, making it perfect for any holiday gathering or party.

So, crank up the volume and let “Christmas Time” by The Darkness rock your holiday festivities!


Twinkle Twinkle Little Me

Artist: Stevie Wonder
Year Released: 1967
Stevie Wonder – Twinkle Twinkle Little Me

Released in 1967, Twinkle Twinkle Little Me is a hidden treasure that’s bound to brighten your holiday season.

Stevie Wonder’s soulful voice is a gift that keeps on giving, and when paired with that infectious melody, it’s impossible not to crack a smile. The lyrics, playfully inspired by “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” bring back memories of childlike wonder and joy, reminding us of the simple pleasures of the season.

This song is like a cosy, familiar blanket, perfect for your festive playlist. It’s a bit of nostalgia, a dash of merriment, and a lot of holiday joy wrapped into one tune. So, don’t forget to add it – it’s a must for spreading those warm, fuzzy vibes throughout the holiday season!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Artist: DMX
Year Released: 2014
DMX – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Audio)

DMX’s version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is like nothing you’d expect from a Christmas carol. It’s super short, around 1 minute and 30 seconds, but it packs a punch. He first performed it live during a visit to Power 105.1 in 2011. It gained so much attention that DMX released a studio version in 2014.

The song itself is a simple take on the classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but when you hear DMX’s gruff and aggressive voice, it’s bound to put a smile on your face during the Christmas season. He gave the classic a whole new attitude.

This track is the perfect to sneak into your Christmas playlist. Since it’s short, it works as a great segue into other longer songs. So, it’s the ultimate filler track to keep the Christmas vibe going. Imagine DMX leading you into a playlist of classic holiday tunes – a unique experience!

Xmas Shut Up

Artist: Stormzy
Year Released: 2015
Stormzy Xmas Shut Up

Surely you remember Stormzy’s ‘Shut Up’. It was the track that had the whole UK vibing back in 2015. Well, did you know Stomzy did an unofficial remix of this on BBC Radio 1Xtra?

In this Christmassy version, Stormzy’s taken that high-energy original and sprinkled it with holiday magic. He’s tweaked the lyrics to give us all those Christmas feels. Instead of telling people to ‘shut up’, he’s chosen to tell everyone their ‘presents are wrapped up.’

It’s a clever move that lets Stormzy celebrate the season and keep his signature style intact. So, if you’re a fan of Stormzy and you love Christmas, this remix is a must-listen. It’s like the perfect musical gift under the tree for all his fans.

Merry Christmas Everybody

Artist: Oasis
Year Released: 2002
Merry Xmas Everybody

Messing with a classic is usually a big no-no in the music world. People get all sentimental and protective of their beloved songs. However, Oasis managed to pull it off quite well with their rendition of Merry Xmas Everybody.

The original Slade version is a shot of holiday cheer, being all upbeat, jingly, and instantly makes you feel like breaking out the Christmas decorations. But after having the song forced down your throat after only 90 seconds of walking into ASDA for your Christmas shopping, it can start to have the opposite effect of what it intended. This is what makes Oasis’s cover a musical sigh of relief.

It’s not as hyper as the original, but one that will put a smile on anyone in the trenches of Christmas high street shopping.

The 12 Days of Christmas

Artist: Pentatonix
Year Released: 2020
Pentatonix – 12 Days Of Christmas (Official Video)

Pentatonix are a cappella wizards famous for their fantastic vocal harmonies and creative arrangements, and this performance is no different.

What we love most about this version is how Pentatonix layers those intricate harmonies and throws in some vocal percussion. You’ll quickly realise they’re building a musical masterpiece right before your… ears. They’ve got beatboxing and creative vocalisations – it’s a real feast for your senses.

Pentatonix manages to sprinkle in some modern pop and R&B vibes without losing the heart of the original song. They’ve successfully given this centuries-old classic a fresh coat of paint.

So, if you’re looking for a holiday tune that’s both familiar and exciting, Pentatonix’s The 12 Days of Christmas is a must-listen.

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