So you’re hosting this holiday’s annual ‘Ugly Sweater Party’. You’ve scoured the Goodwill’s in your area for the ghastliest garb and most cheerily atrocious accessories. You have so many Christmas lights pumping through your abode, Com-Ed has flagged your residence for suspicious energy consumption.
All that’s left to place your party above all future Ugly Sweater Parties to come is a killer playlist. We’ve combined the bizarre, tacky, outlandish, and odd to make a truly unforgettable playlist for any holiday party.
Oi to the World – No Doubt
Nothing says harmony and yuletide like a mid 90’s Gwen Stefani. No Doubt covered The Vandal’s track for their 1997 holiday compilation and truly succeeds in bringing everyone together. Like the song says, “Oi to the punk, oi to the skins, oi to the world and everybody wins.”
SNL Christmas Treat– Horatio Sanz, Jimmy Fallon, Chris Kattan, and Tracy Morgan
SNL all-stars make a comeback for the holiday season. With Jimmy Fallon and Horatio Sanz on vocals and Chris Katan and Tracy Morgan on…well, the stage, this tune isn’t about creativity, but rather comedic reminiscence.
Rusty Chevrolet – Da Yoopers
As a former Caviler owner, this track strikes a chord close to home. Anyone traveling by car from Chicago to distant lands, like Plainfield, this holiday season will certainly feel either empathy or an overwhelming sense of gratitude with this tune coming from the speakers.
It’s Christmas in Heaven – Monty Python
No holiday is complete without a little Monty Python in the mix, in my humble opinion anyway. Plucked from The Meaning of Life, this track encompassed all the necessary cheesiness to make up a terrible lounge act. Just enough tack to accompany your flashing Christmas light earrings.
Christmas is All Around – Bill Nighy (AKA Billy Mack)
Whether you love or hate the film, Love Actually, (or if you’ve never seen it at all) it doesn’t matter. Bill Nighy’s character Billy Mack pumps out a lovely holiday rendition of a fictional hit. It’s cheesy and genuine enough to pass for an actual holiday remake.
A Great Big Sled – The Killers
Oh Brandon Flowers, a voice appropriate for all seasons. This song is perfect for your party. With a recognizable such as Flowers’, everyone will at least know they’ve heard this song somewhere.
What Can You Get a Wookie for Christmas (When He Already Has a Comb) – Star Wars Christmas in the Stars
Are my fellow Star Wars fanatics reading along? This song is as painfully adorable as “The Ewok Adventure” (anyone…anyone?). Even if there are no aspiring Jedi’s in the house, play it anyway. They will just assume it’s the Chipmunks.
Christmas With the Devil – Spinal Tap
Everyone’s favorite faux-metal maniacs makes the grade this holiday season with “Christmas with the Devil”. Playing this track is a great way to test how pop-culturally savvy your friends are. Just make sure you turn the stereo up to eleven.
If It Doesn’t Snow on Christmas – Joe Pesci
Remember back in 1998 when Joe Pesci reprised his role from My Cousin Vinnie with the album Vincent LaGuardia Gambini: Sings Just for You? We did. Pesci was actually a lounge singer before turning professional actor, and his pipes ain’t too shabby. Be warned, this track includes explicit lyrics…what did you expect?
Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck
Nothing but Beck on this track. With holiday-esqe lyrics and Beck-ish beats, this song serves as the perfect balance between holiday music and just another Beck extravaganza. “Little Drum Machine Boy” comes from Just Say Noël, a compilation of lyrical tracks for the like of The Posies, Sonic Youth, The Roots, and many more.
Carol of the Bells – August Burns Red
Nothing says ‘Happy Holidays’ like a full metal rendition of a classic. August Burns Red offers the perfect jolt to any holiday party.