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Put Rae Sremmurd's Christmas Songs in the Holiday Hall of Fame

Slim Jxmmi's "Nothing for Christmas" and Swae Lee's "Christmas at Swae's" are both weird, nonsensical, and unfocused. What a relief.
Alex Robert Ross
12.28.18
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Only Fucked Up Could Save "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

The original Band Aid single stunk real bad, but a star-studded, indie rock remake in 2009—featuring Bob Mould, Tegan & Sara, and David Cross—turned it upside down.
Alex Robert Ross
12.28.18
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De La Soul's "Millie Pulled a Pistol on Santa" Is the Darkest Christmas Song

The core of their 1991 LP 'De La Soul Is Dead' told a story of violent abuse and murderous retaliation. It's as frightening today as it was when it first came out.
Alex Robert Ross
12.21.18
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How an Early Christmas Single Helped Hip-Hop Explode

Kurtis Blow's 1979 track "Christmas Rappin'" was proof that rap had a place in the money-or-nothing recording industry. It was also just really sweet.
Alex Robert Ross
12.19.18
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Remember When Beck Made The World's Greatest Hanukkah-Themed Funk-Rap Song?

"The Little Drum Machine Boy," stashed away on a Geffen Records compilation, was absurd even by Beck's standards. Twenty-two years later, it's still great.
Alex Robert Ross
12.17.18
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For the Love of Joey Ramone, Put the Fighting Aside This Christmas

"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)" slowly became a punkish Christmas mainstay, but Joey's raw first demo of the song deserves more attention.
Alex Robert Ross
12.14.18
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The (Christmas) Case Against a Kanye West-Bob Dylan Collaboration

After Kanye sent a tweet into the void saying he wanted to "get together" with Bob Dylan, we must accept that only one thing can save us from any potential collaboration. That thing is 'Christmas In The Heart.'
Alex Robert Ross
12.13.18
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Chance the Rapper's "Sunday Candy" Is a Window into a Less Shitty America

The slowed-down, gospel-heavy version Chance debuted on 'SNL' three years ago today—and reprised at the White House a year later—became a small, but important, moment in American history.
Alex Robert Ross
12.12.18
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Prince's Only Christmas Song Is Still Completely Devastating

On 1984's "Another Lonely Christmas," he sang about misery and mourning without offering a way out.
Alex Robert Ross
12.11.18
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Kanye West's "Christmas in Harlem" Squashed Some Beef and Became a Classic

Teyana Taylor, CyHi the Prince, Vado, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, and Big Sean each took a turn on the twinkly, lengthy original. But appearances from Cam'ron and Jim Jones added another layer of peace and love.
Alex Robert Ross
12.10.18
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In Praise of Sufjan Stevens! A Christmas Enthusiast! (or, Holy, Holy, etc.)

His holistic approach to the holidays spawned 100 Christmas songs in a decade. At least one of them is among the best pieces he's ever recorded.
Alex Robert Ross
12.10.18
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Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" Is a Wholesome Alt-Holiday Classic

The trio didn't want to touch a Christmas song at first, but their 1987 single blew up. Part of that was down to its focus on a real good family meal.
Alex Robert Ross
12.10.18
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