FUSFOO CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST: BEST
Wham “Last Christmas”
Last Christmas, somebody did George Michael pretty cold. George gave them his heart, he wrapped it up and sent it with a note saying he meant it, and on December 26, the recipient re-gifted it. This Christmas, George spots the recipient at a holiday party. George knows he remains vulnerable to the re-gifter’s charm, and acknowledges that should they end up under the mistletoe, he may get fooled again. To save himself tears, George steers clear of the mistletoe and searches for someone truly special to give his heart to. Good call George.
Run DMC “Christmas in Hollis”
For those wondering what DMC’s mother has planned for Christmas dinner (primarily chicken and collard greens), we present “Christmas in Hollis”. While Christmas rap songs can go terribly, horribly wrong (see Justin Bieber and Busta Rhymes’ “Little Drummer Boy”), this one stuffs the stocking better than a size 15 foot. In the video, elves are loving life, jamming out and denying naughty children, while somewhere over North America, one brave dog with antlers guides Santa’s sleigh. Only a new gold rope chain necklace under the tree could improve this holiday in Queens.
Paul McCartney “Wonderful Christmastime”
Paul’s post-Beatles solo work is a mixed bag, but this song’s a gift for kids of all ages. Using little more than simple synths, light-as-snow jingle bells and a lovely fake children’s choir, he delivers like Santa in a stolen FedEx jet. The video is a bit odd, a little too psychedelic for Christmas tradition—it features hallucinations of exploding gifts and animated outer space constellations dancing with lip-sync bands—but they’re simply having a wonderful time, so we’ll let the weirdness slide.
John Lennon “Happy Christmas (War is Over)”
This ex-Beatle’s Christmas masterpiece isn’t as lighthearted as Paul’s, but nonetheless, it’s one of the best and most meaningful. True love is the gift that never ends and John Lennon knows how to wrap it all up. The end of war and dawn of peace is a Christmas present every man, woman, child, animal and plant deserves. Alongside John, “Happy Christmas” features a choir of real life kids (the Harlem Community Choir), and even Yoko, who on this occasion agrees to not scream and attack her instrument. A silent night indeed.
Miley Cyrus & Bill Murray “Sleigh Ride (A Very Murray Christmas)”
C’mon. It’s Bill Murray wearing a tux and serenading a beautiful, talented young woman while Paul Shaffer treats the keys and George Clooney works a cocktail shaker like a maraca. Who needs further explanation?