Monday, December 23, 2013
10 best and worst Christmas song remakes ever
If you can suffer through the bad ones, you'll be delighted with our best-of lists, with tunes from Ying Yang Twins, Aretha Franklin and Weezer.
The beauty of Christmas resides in traditional songs. That is, unless you're listening to a crappy remake by a B-list pop star, death metal group or not-so-trendy indie band. Well, look no further. We've compiled 10 of the worst Christmas remakes sure to make you turn green as a Grinch. If you can humbug through it all, they're followed by 10 of the best remakes. Happy holidays!
"Little Drummer Boy" by William Hung — Really anything on this American Idol star's Christmas album would qualify for this title. Hung's rendition of "Little Drummer Boy," however, is especially cringe-worthy.
William Hung - Little Drummer Boy
"I'll Be Home For Christmas" by The Red Rippers — This is a punk rock anthem for Christmas. But unless you're looking to start a holly-jolly mosh pit, the song doesn't work.
"Silent Night" by Chuck Billy/Scott Ian/Jon Donais/Chris Wyse/John Tempesta — If we're being honest, the metal genre doesn't lend itself to Christmas tunes all that well. The following four minutes makes that overtly obvious.
Chuck Billy And Others - Silent Night
"Frosty the Snowman" by The Ronettes — From the 1963 A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector compilation, this seasonal tune is one of the only downfalls on the album. It's sonically cluttered and pitchy.
The Ronettes - Frosty The Snowman [2012 Sony Remaster]
"Silent Night, Deadly Night" by The White Coffin Terror — It's hard to devote even 30 seconds to this song. The grumbly lyrics and steadfast beat do little to conjure fond memories of the Christmas season.
White Coffin Terrors “Silent Night, Deadly Night”
"RuPaul the Red-Nosed Drag Queen" by RuPaul — Creative and giggle-worthy, yes. But perhaps a little too fabulous to be a playlist staple.
RuPaul - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Drag Queen
"Last Christmas" by Ariana Grande — Am I the only one not impressed by Ariana Grade? The American Music Awards' "New Artist of the Year" put out a Christmas album December 17, and in this song she's trying to hit the Mariah Carey high notes but just can't pull it off.
Ariana Grande - Last Christmas (Audio)
"Oh Holy Night" by Arcade Fire — Long before they were winning GRAMMYs for their work, Arcade Fire put out a Christmas album called A Very Arcade Xmas. And there is a reason you haven't heard about it since it was put out in 2001.
Arcade Fire-Oh Holy Night
"Little Drummer Boy" by Justin Bieber (feat. Busta Rhymes) — There are many things wrong with song. Firstly, Justin Bieber should stick to showcasing his pre-pubescent vocal range and stay far away from rapping. Secondly, the techno beat is -- just, no.
Justin Bieber - Drummer Boy (Audio) ft. Busta Rhymes
"Joy To The World" by The Jonas Brothers — Whiny voices, overdone production, wannabe-epic electric guitar — this song has all the most horrible elements. If you were lamenting the band's "break up," this song is a great way to move past the JoBros entirely.
Jonas Brothers - Joy To The World - FULL HQ
"Little Drummer Boy" by Pentatonix — Where William Hung fails, Arlington-based a cappella group Pentatonix thrives. This song has the classic sound but a modern edge.
[Official Video] Little Drummer Boy - Pentatonix
"Sleigh Ride" by Ying Yang Twins — Christmas rap has to be one of the greatest genres of all time. This heady remake has a positive message and a dope beat. It's irresistible.
Ying Yang Twins Sleigh Ride
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey — Will this holiday 20th century classic ever go out of style? We think not.
Mariah Carey - All I Want For Christmas Is You
"Please Come Home For Christmas" by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals — Grace and the gang add some funky flare to a timeless classic.
Grace Potter & The Nocturnals - Please Come Home For Christmas
"Silver Bells/Natty No Santa" by Jacob Miller — A less traditional take on Christmas music, reggae influential Jacob Miller teamed up with other musicians for a whole Christmas EP entitled Natty Christmas, originally released in 1987.
Jacob Miller & Ray I - Silver Bells (Natty No Santa Claus)
"Winter Wonderland" by Aretha Franklin — Aretha Franklin shines in this holiday favorite, released in 2006. Give me some more soul, sister!
Aretha Franklin - Winter Wonderland
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Frank Sinatra — No one says "Merry Christmas" quite like Frank Sinatra. This song is so powerful in its minimalism it can practically thaw winter frost.
Frank Sinatra - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
"Frosty the Snowman" by Fiona Apple — Is there anything this woman can't do? Her voice in this track sounds like it was made for Christmas music.
Frosty the Snowman - Fiona Apple
"Santa Baby" by Madonna — This song lends itself to the Material Girl perfectly. How can you resist her? Give her the deed, convertible and ring, damn it!
Madonna - Santa Baby
"The First Noel" by Weezer — It's hard to think Weezer's signature drone would make a good Christmas song, but the band sounds unusually upbeat in "The First Noel," and it works to its advantage.