10 Great Guilty Pleasure Christmas Songs That Make The Yuletide Gay

Mike Wass | December 25, 2012 5:30 am

There’s something inherently warm and fuzzy about Christmas songs that makes them hard to critique. But for every classic like Mariah Carey’s evergreen “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” there are two or three equally entertaining — if slightly less conventional — modern carols that you’ll probably skip playing in company. That is, unless you have really awesome (and understanding) friends.

We’ve put together a list of 10 festive guilty pleasures to spin this Christmas…preferably after a couple of glasses of spiked eggnog.

Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta – “I Think You Might Like It” Already a YouTube sensation due to being one of the most, um, interesting videos of 2012, “I Think You Might Like It” is absolutely endearing in a bizarre Grease-goes-country kind of way. Give this a spin and clear the lounge room for some festive line-dancing. No?

Weather Girls – “Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man This Christmas)” The legendary divas behind “It’s Raining Men” also produced one of the campest Christmas songs of all time. The elaborate ’80s production begins as a moody ballad before the ladies put their foot down and get bossy with Santa. Your spinster auntie will be snapping her fingers to this one.

The Killers — “A Great Big Sled” Brandon and the boys are no strangers to Christmas music, but this is unquestionably their cheesiest, catchiest festive offering. If you ignore the lyrics, this wouldn’t sound out of place on Hot Fuss. Which is a very good thing.

RuPaul – “Little Drummer Boy” If RuPaul’s epic ’90s R&B update of “Little Drummer Boy” doesn’t fill you with holiday spirit, then you’re truly a Grinch. There’s a gospel choir and everything! Strangely, this doesn’t appear on the drag legend’s Christmas album Ho Ho Ho.

Cascada – “Last Christmas” Countless covers of Wham!’s perennial party favorite have been churned out over the years, but few have found the success of Cascada’s electronic version, which was a hit in 2007 — in certain corners of Europe, at least.

Destiny’s Child – “8 Days Of Christmas” Every Christmas party needs a urban club banger about looking hot and getting expensive gifts from your man, right? Beyonce and the other Children of Destiny stayed true to their girl power philosophy on this holiday record.

*NSYNC — “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” The late ’90s were a goldmine for slightly-embarrassing-but secretly-amazing Yuletide fair. *NSYNC released a whole collection of Christmas songs, like “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” but they came early in the group’s fame, before JT and the boys made any attempt to be cool. This one’s all the better (and sillier) for it.

Aqua — “Spin Me A Christmas” Because everyone needs the band behind “Barbie Girl” on their Christmas playlist.

Britney Spears — “My Only Wish (This Year)” Despite being a rather obvious clone of Mariah Carey’s’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”, Britney’s festive offering is undeniably catchy and cute.

The Hives & Cyndi Lauper – “Christmas Duel” “I wrecked your daddy’s car and went down on your mother,” sings Cyndi Lauper on this perky anti-Christmas carol. Hilarious lyrics and winning rockabilly beats make this a perfect choice when you’re sick of listening to songs about snowmen and reindeer.