The Five Best Christmas Songs You've Never Heard
"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," 1994
Two years before his untimely passing, celebrated novelty act Tiny Tim recorded one of the most polarizing Christmas albums ever released. While some dismiss it for tracks like his downright disturbing rendition of "Silent Night," there are some absolute gems to be found. We consider his recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" to be the definitive version, fully capturing the childlike innocence and wide-eyed wonder that the season inspires within the kid in all of us.
"Merry Christmas," 1996
Some Christmas songs are beloved for how they seem to capture everything that is wonderful about the season. If that's your barometer, look no further than Wesley Willis' "Merry Christmas." It begins with "Christmas is a fun time ... It is a fun time every December," and includes mentions of it being "a fun time to get gifts," spending time with children, Jesus Christ's birthday as well as a shout-out to Allstate Insurance, pretty much every facet of Christmas is covered. For all the songwriters who've picked up a pen on the subject, it took until 1996 for someone to just write "I like this holiday a lot."
"Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!," 2003
Few artists have expressed their dedication to the holiday season with as much prolific output as Sufjan Stevens. Responsible for 10 volumes of Christmas EPs, he's covered the spectrum from the traditional to the quirky. Our favorite, "Come On! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance!" comes from his whimsically titled Ding! Dong!: Songs for Christmas, Vol. III. In it, Stevens conjures the imagery from Christmas most neglect to mention. Beginning with "tie up your boots" and mentioning both that "K-Mart is closed" and that "everyone's home watching TV" before we even get to the first chorus, it's both one of the outright silliest Christmas songs ever recorded.