Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Five great underrated Christmas songs

Ready to pull a Marsellus Wallace and go all medieval on someone’s ass the next time you hear "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" or "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" or "Silent Night"? Here are five under the radar and obscure Holiday tunes that might help restore your faith that Christmas music can actually be good music too.

This was the song playing as source music from a radio during the opening credit sequence of "Gremlins" (1984). A sensational Christmas song that along with Jerry Goldsmith’s trademark suburban whimsical cue helps set the tone for Joe Dante’s comedy horror hit.
This Oscar nominated song from the hit movie "Home Alone" (1991) is rarely heard outside the film score community. A terrific theme with great use of choir vocals, it is vintage John Williams. You would have to have had an emotional bypass at birth or be made of granite not to be moved by it.

From" Love Actually" (2003) and composed by Craig Armstrong, this catchy tune is a terrific piece of feel good holiday pop music. This soundtrack is full of great songs including another knockout Christmas tune "All I Want For Christmas Is You" performed by Olivia Olsen.
This moving, magical song from the 1990 David Fosteralbum "The River of Love" not only captures the essence of what the holidays are supposed to be about, it also manages to convey what is hopeful and noble in that complex, conflicted and mostly destructive species known as Homo sapiens.
From the 1992 Muppet version of A Christmas Carol starring the great Michael Caine alongside Kermit , Fozzie The Bear, Beaker and company. The chemistry and pathos the Caine brings to the film helps make this the most charming take on the classic tale yet.

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