The Five Best Viral Christmas Songs of 2012

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Mariah Carey and Jimmy Fallon
If you evaluate your holiday season by the number of Christmas video clips you find on the Internet, then you would be hard-pressed to not consider winter 2012 among the best ever! From unexpected renditions of timeless classics to original tunes that are sure to become standards, there was no shortage of Christmas jams to unwrap beneath the tree this year. It is with tidings of great joy that we bring you the Top 5 Viral Christmas Songs of 2012!

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"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"

For all the bizarre video clips of DMX that have circulated over the past year or so since he's resurfaced to make his presence felt in the rap game, it's something of a Christmas miracle that the rapper otherwise known as Dark Man X kicked off our holiday season with our kind of Christmas caroling. When prompted to sing the seasonal classic "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," X proudly proclaimed that he didn't need a printout of the lyrics and proceeded to belt out a downright endearing rendition that not only made viewers shout out with glee, but will undoubtably go down in history. WHUUUUUT!??!?

Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots
"All I Want For Christmas is You"

With a favorite recurring bit on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featuring host Fallon and the Roots performing a song with its original artist as backed by elementary school music class instruments, it's only right that the show do a special incarnation for the holidays. Here, Mariah Carey and a choir of children join the crew for a spirited rendition of "All I Want For Christmas is You." For a song that's been repeated mercilessly every year for the better part of two decades, this inventive re-imagining made for the most we've enjoyed the song in years.

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