The Grinch Who Stole the Christmas Carol

Every Christmas, my dad would blow the dust off an old-school Christmas record and would play it continuously all day long. One record: ALL DAY LONG. And for that, I blame him for my Grinch-like hatred of Christmas carols, the teeny sound of a jingle bell causing me to turn and run from the room.

I’m confident I’ll never have a desire to play carols even for that one special day, unlike some who play them for the entire month of December (or in some cases, even November!). Yet, I must admit the below songs are somewhat catchy and worth popping on during the festive season (except for the last one).

First up, and the most oddly matched pair, is Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett (whose album Cheek to Cheek is actually quite cool).


It’s as Christmassy and carol-ly as they come, complete with a backing choir and jingling bells, but Ariana Grande vocally dominates and there’s plenty of booty shaking in the clip.


It wouldn’t be a Christmas list without a mention of Michael Bublé, and here he is with Idina Menzel and some cute kids drinking ice-cream sodas.


Here’s one with a modern-day twist. A Christmas song about emojis, Snapchat, and selfies!? Cappella group Straight No Chaser and Kristen Bell teamed up to produce the most comical Christmas tune of 2014, with lyrics like, “And if you text me something naughty I promise I won’t tell” adding to the hilarity.


Well it’s hard to be a Grinch when you’re being told to “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. The 1988 hit has been mashed in over and under the “Winter Wonderland” yuletide classic. American Idol alumni Tori Kelly joins the five vocalists of Pentatonix to create what could be the most unique Christmas song yet!


Finally, Yoko Ono and The Flaming Lips have teamed up for a version of “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” “That could be cool,” you say. Well it’s not. Take a listen. Then wish you hadn’t. The Grinch is back.


Title image: Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga via



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