Every year you just can’t wait. It’s the day after Halloween, and you’re already taking down the scarecrows and Jack-o-Lanterns to replace them with wreaths and plastic reindeer. While you play the obligatory round of “Alice’s Restaurant” on Thanksgiving, the majority of your time goes to favorite renditions of carols. Using violins and pianos in Boston to create such beautiful sounds, sometimes the unconventional holiday tunes are the best. This season, give these songs a listen.
“Jingle Bell Rock” by The Plastics
Everybody has seen Mean Girls, and if you haven’t, you should. One particular stand-out scene is the holiday talent show. After Gretchen kicks the radio into her crushes face, Cady Heron steps up to sing the lyrics as the Plastics finish their annual routine.
“Winter Wonderland” by Dolly Parton (or Macy Gray)
This song isn’t unconventional perse, but it is one of those holiday songs that applies to any winter holiday and not specifically Christmas. Two renditions of this song really stand out. Whether you listen to Dolly Parton’s or Macy Gray’s version, you’ll hear the pianos in Boston, and you’re sure to love it.
“Santa Baby” by Eartha Kitt
Not many people have the guts to seduce Santa Claus, but Eartha Kitt was always one to break the mold. Although this song outlines just how nice she’s been all year, you can’t help but feel a little naughty singing along.
“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” by The Jackson 5
The angelic voices of the Jackson 5 paired with innocent lyrics make this song a holiday must. It was so iconic it even inspired a movie of the same name starring the Sprouse twins before their big break.
“Rugrats Chanukah” by Rugrats: Holiday Classics
Inspired by “Chanukah, Oh Chanukah,” the Rugrats of Nicktoons made their own classic holiday hit. “Rugrats Chanukah” shows all the fun of the Jewish holiday beloved by children everywhere with a playful spin only the Rugrats could deliver.
“The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” by the Glee Cast
Say what you will about Glee, but they knew how to turn out some hits. One such hit came from their Christmas special. “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year” took some inspiration from the Island of Misfit Toys and ran with it.
“Last Christmas” by Hilary Duff
Everyone in their right mind has covered this song. That’s part of what makes it a classic. However, while most people run to the Taylor Swift version, Hilary Duff did it first and, arguably, better.
“All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey
As of November 1st, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” had already re-entered the iTunes Top 100 in the United States. Enough said.
Holiday music plays for nearly two straight months in the winter. You’ll hear trumpets and carols and pianos in Boston. This season give these unconventional holiday songs a listen. If they’ve inspired you to take up music lessons, contact Darrell’s Music Hall at 800-339-6818 or visit us online.