5 "Other" Holiday Hits

Happy Holidays from the Local Music Corner

As much as I love covering live music across the Upper Valley, the imperative of the season means that most of us simply have our hands full with other engagements this upcoming week. So while we may not be out consuming live entertainment, I'm sure many of us will be at home listening to music. More than likely, seasonally appropriate music. 

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I'm talking about Christmas Music. And recently it's come to my attention that not everyone can appreciate the cheer associated with this genre. But, no matter your denomination or grinch-ness, I think there's a holiday song for you, you just haven't heard the right one yet. Well, the Local Music Corner has got you covered with 5 lesser-known December classics. 

So here they are, in no particular order, some tunes you perhaps haven't heard before, to go along with your 'Jingle Bell Rock' and 'Little Drummer Boy'. 

1. The Kinks - "Father Christmas" 

The British rockers tell a wonderfully heartwarming tale about a pack of youngsters who beat up and rob a department store Santa. 

2. Loretta Lynn - "To Heck With Ole Santa Claus" 

A bit of a bah humbug tune by the Country legend. Notable for her volition to hit Santa in his "ho, ho, ho." Feel free to recycle that line this holiday season when you've tired of your relatives.

3. Sufjan Stevens - "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance"

For those of you that aren't familiar with Sufjan Stevens, this dude loves Christmas. All told, over the course of two Holiday themed albums, Sufjan has recorded and released 100 Christmas songs. While some of those are classics revamped, he also has some impressive originals - including this awesomely named one. 

4. Kanye West - "Christmas in Harlem" 

Rap may not be your bag, but the genre has found a way to capture the spirit of Christmas in a number of contemporary classics. Including this banger of a contribution from Kanye West. 

5. Saturday Night Live - "I Wish it Was Christmas Today" 

This is fantastic. That's all that needs to be said about this one. 

Happy Holidays everyone! 

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