By: Monica Sousa
As I’m sure many of you know, at this time of year the radio is buzzing with Christmas songs. However, the odds are high that it’s one of those overplayed Christmas songs, like one of the countless covers of “Jingle Bells,” Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” or the well-known “Rudolph, the Red Nose Reindeer.” However, do not be fooled into thinking that the number of Christmas songs out there is limited. There are countless other holiday songs that are being overshadowed by the ones that are overplayed on the radio, in shopping malls or in TV shows and movies. There are many holiday songs that you probably don’t know because you rarely, if ever ,hear them being played anywhere. So, I have compiled a list of the top five songs that are tragically underplayed, but deserve just as much spotlight as the ones we overhear this time of year. If you have not heard of these songs, I definitely recommend you give them a listen.
Oi to the World” by No Doubt
This song appears on No Doubt’s Christmas themed album A Very Special Christmas 3. This song was released in 1997 and even got its own music video. This cover takes a fun, upbeat, punk approach to singing about Christmas and is without a doubt enjoyable.
Peace on Earth/ Little Drummer Boyby David Bowie and Bing Cosby
David Bowie and Bing Cosby first sang this musical combination on a TV Christmas special in the ‘70’s. This duet is perfectly harmonious, calling for peace on earth, and incorporating one of my favourite traditional Christmas songs, “The Little Drummer Boy”.
Father Christmas by the Kinks
The Kinks released this single in 1977. It is an uplifting song that makes you feel better when you are down, and when you aren’t, it gives you some perspective. The song tells of a department store Father Christmas who is beaten up by a gang of kids that tell him to give them money instead of toys, as toys are not practical. At one point in the song, a child asks the singer to give their father a job for Christmas.
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear by Sixpence None the Richer
This track is a cover of a classic carol but definitely does not sound traditional. It takes the pleasant Christmas carol and adds a folksy spin to it. Sixpence None the Richer’s cover is dazzling and lovely. Lead singer Leigh Nash’s voice sounds beautiful as always.
The Christmas Song” by the Raveonettes
Do not mistake this for a cover of Nat King Cole’s song with the same title. This song and lyrics are all their own. “The Christmas Song” not sound like your typical Christmas song. It sounds like a typical the Raveonettes song. However, add some jingle bell sounds in the song and a great ‘80s inspired song, and you have yourself an awesome song to enjoy during the holidays. It is beautifully sung, has a lovely melody, and pulls at your heart strings just the right amount.