Check out these 100 percent non-sucky holiday songs!
In case you haven't been to your local mall lately (or just stepped out of the house in general), the holidays are officially everywhere. And with holiday fever come a few telltale symptoms -- like gift buying and giving, tree decorating, candle lighting, dreidel spinning, traveling, and hopefully tons of eggnog to wash it all down.
It's also that time of year where you may be forced to listen to holiday songs every single place you go (Like, everywhere from your mom's house to your local Starbucks.) You know what, though? Holiday songs get kind of a bad rap! After all, how many times can you listen to "Jingle Bells" before wanting to run screaming off the nearest snowdrift? This got us thinking -- surely there have to be some supremely awesome holiday songs out there. You know, the kind of ditties that cleanse your mind and make you forget you're listening to a holiday song at all. And that's exactly why we rounded up a collection of our favorite holiday songs -- the kind that definitely don't suck. Enjoy!
+ Backstreet Boys, "It's Christmastime Again": We have to admit, we're impressed -- now competing with younger, spunkier boy bands like One Direction and The Wanted, BSB bring it home with their ultra-catchy Xmas track, which layers the boys' rich harmonies just so over a blossoming string symphony. If "Love Actually" were released this year, we're pretty sure this is what would play during the credits. YEAH, WE SAID IT. + Listen to Backstreet Boys, "It's Christmastime Again."
+ Christina Aguilera, "Merry Christmas, Baby": Covered by everyone from Otis Redding to Elvis Presley, Xtina's decadent, horn-driven take on this '40s holiday tune leaves no vocal stone unturned -- you can practically see Ledgentina sashaying down a flight of stairs a la Marilyn Monroe in a ball gown as she waits for her elves to encase her in fur and jewelry. + Listen to Christina Aguilera, "Merry Christmas, Baby."
+ Christina Perri, "Something About December": It's easy to pass out in a holiday-induced shopping/cooking/traveling coma, but with her slow-burning, sentimental Xmas ballad, Christina helps remind us what what the holidays are really all about -- family and friends. #AW. + Listen to Christina Perri, "Something About December."
+ Destiny's Child, "Carol Of The Bells": We're used to hearing this dramatic, orchestral track backing some climactic scene in a Christmas movie, but Destiny's Child's rendition sheds new light on the standby tune. Featuring the trio's perfectly stacked a cappella harmonies, it totally reminds us of Beyoncé before she was Beyoncé, like back when she had cornrows and Kelly Rowland was rocking some seriously questionable red highlights. Everyone's gotta start somewhere! + Listen to Destiny's Child, "Carol Of The Bells."
+ Dragonette, "Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)": Haven't we all been here? So maybe you're dating a new dude or lady, and it's not official enough to merit taking them home for the holidays, but if all you get come Christmas is a paltry "Merry Xmas" text, that kind of makes you want to throw a giant glass of eggnog in their general direction. And that's where Dragonette's holly jolly "EFF YOU" track comes in. + Listen to Dragonette, "Merry Xmas (Says Your Text Message)."
+ Fall Out Boy, "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out": In their end-of-year kiss-off, the always optimistic Pete Wentz asks his ex-girlfriend to "dedicate your last breath to me before you bury yourself alive." Because that's what he wants for Christmas. #Emo. Also, we think this might be the track you play in the hours leading up to blink-182's equally disenchanted "Boxing Day." + Listen to Fall Out Boy, "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out."
+ Fiona Apple, "Frosty The Snowman": Taking a breather from considerably more depressing subjects, Fiona Apple sounds uncharacteristically jaunty in her description of a magical snowman being brought to life. Set to a plucky acoustic track, you'd think Fiona was actually enjoying herself or something. + Listen to Fiona Apple, "Frosty The Snowman."
+ fun., "Sleigh Ride": We knew we could count on the indie-leaning fun. for an ultra-melodic, terribly catchy Christmas cut. Backed by toe-tapping percussion and some irresistible strings and flute, Nate Ruess' lighthearted voice sounds tailor-made for holiday fare. + Listen to fun., "Sleigh Ride."
+ The Go-Go's, "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek": Nerd alert! If you're thinking this song's by a certain '80s girl rock band, then you'd be mistaken. This happy-go-lucky, deeply retro tune is by a different set of Go-Go's, a '60s British band led by a lisping Sue Smith to be exact -- and they're singing about a "Dr. Who"-inspired alien cyborg, AKA a "Dalek." #Trivia. + Listen to The Go-Go's, "I'm Gonna Spend My Christmas With A Dalek."
+ Hanson, "Run Rudolph Run": Originally popularized by Chuck Berry, this famous '90s band of brothers (no, not the Jonas Brothers) stay true to the track's unleashed energy, but add their own unique brand of alternative pop to the mix. + Listen to Hanson, "Run Rudolph Run."
Listen to more holiday songs that don't suck after the jump!