A holiday party playlist of the best non-Mariah songs
By Erica Slutsky (Writer/Singer/Songwriter)
I refuse to believe that there is a War on Christmas, because I am a total Christmas Jew, which is to say that I know far more about Christmas music than I will ever admit in public: I’ve seen the 2003 American Idol Christmas Special (Watch at your own peril: Tamyra sang the Mariah song, not Kelly.). I listen to Bruce Springsteen cover “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” and spend every December hoping Clarence (er, Jake) will get a new saxophone. I drive people crazy every Chanukah by singing this Saturday Night Live sketch from memory. And I am familiar with the inevitability that at least three couples will belt out “Fairytale of New York” far better than me and my S.O. at someone’s Christmas cabaret.
When Glee had a baritone crooner in New Directions. But it was a different time.
So, it pains me to hear the same few songs every year. It’s also understandable that I find most Christmas playlists obnoxious, unbearable, and way too predictable (well, not Dinosaur Dracula’s). Well, I’m not having it: Let’s play the Mariah song a little less and take a look at some unheralded Christmas classics.