So you finished putting up the tree, you wrapped the presents, and the family is coming over to invade your home. What is next? Tie a live reindeer to your roof? Create a spectacular light show with fireworks? Build a chimney out of old bricks because you don’t have a fireplace?
How about build a Geeky Christmas music playlist so they have something to listen to when you pass out your homemade fruitcake? But what should you have on this playlist? Well, let me help you out with the Geekiest of Christmas music!
Wreck the Halls
Bob Rivers Twisted Christmas has been a staple in Geeky music for years. You might know him best with the song “I am Santa Claus” – a Parody of “I am Iron Man“. Twisted Christmas put out 3 albums of holiday music, such as “Walking around in Women’s Underwear” and “I’ll be Stoned for Christmas”.
A staple in any Christmas collection, Jingle Bell Rock is one of my favorites. It’s one of those songs that you just grab the kids hands and do some major dancin! It’s also a great song to pick up your holiday workout pace a little.
You can say there’s no such thing as Santa, but as for me and grandpa, we believe. It’s a story about how Grandma left the house on Christmas eve. The next morning, they found her with reindeer hooves and claw marks. Of course, if you want a more up-tempo version, check out this rendition.
Can’t have a Geeky song list without the master of parody, Weird Al. This is a song about how Santa realized he was “getting the raw deal”. Santa went postal. It’s kinda like Die Hard for a Santa Claus.
Those stop motion video shows have been a staple in Holiday TV shows. One of the songs I sing all the time is the Heat Miser song. It’s from “The Year Without a Santa Claus”. There was a Snow Miser song, but this was the funnier song.
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
Gotta be a little conscious of others this holiday season, right? In 1984, a group of musicians got together to sing a song to help people in Ethiopia. Phil Collins, Boy George, George Michael, Duran Duran and many other artists came together to sing this song. It became the number one holiday song that year.
What collection wouldn’t be complete without some Trans-Siberian Orchestra? Of course, the show hits my town around October, so you really cannot get in the festive mood. But on Christmas eve, you better have some of that, or Mannheim Steamroller in the player so I can rock out the proper way.
I used to sing this song at Karaoke every holiday season. The song that gives Clarence a new saxophone. The low voice singing “You better be good for goodness sake”. Only the Boss can make this song rock.
Sad note on this song – Saxophone player Clarence Clemons passed away on June 18th, so this is the first Christmas without the famous Sax solo.
In Rudolph’s stop motion show, the song Island of Misfit Toys was a sad, yet fulfilling song. A polka dot elephant, a jack in the box named Charlie and a bunch of toys with different flaws. Another great song for the kids.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is another holiday song that I seem to like to get into. Maybe I’m warped that way. Still, this is a song that gets stuck in my head and I just have to sing it aloud. For a more updated version, check out VersaEmerge singing the song.
If you don’t know who John Prine is, you should go exchange your presents for coal. The man is just as much a legend as Bob Dylan (IMHO). Of course, you might know him better for the song “Angel From Montgomery”. Still, this is a great folk song about how he spent Christmas in Prision.
The Chipmunk Christmas Song
Christmas, Christmas time is near. How many of you sang that in a high-pitched voice? That is the magic of the Chipmunks. Not the movie franchise that is being played right now, but the old albums with David Seville. OhKay!
This is the quintessential holiday song. I never will get tired of this song. It makes me think I’ll spend Christmas on a warm tropical island one of these years.
Hanukkah Song – Adam Sandler
Of course, it’s not a Christmas song per-say, but we have to make one exception for Adam Sandler. So go tell Veronica, it’s time for Hanukkah. I hope I get a harmonica.
There are many other songs to this list, but this is a great start for you. What songs will you put into your Christmas playlist? Let me know Twitter us @Geekazine or @Methodshop