From classic SNL skits to MTV’s Christmas Specials, great holiday performances abound. We culled together a few of our favorites the other morning while commiserating in the kitchen in the wake of our company holiday party (tequila was a bad choice). Grab your coconut waters and get your groove on.
Bing & Bowie, “Little Drummer Boy” 1977
There has never been a sweeter meet-cute than when Bing and Bowie met to sing Little Drummer Boy. Perhaps this performance really is the key to peace on earth.
Hall & Oates, “Jingle Bell Rock”, 1983
It’s so kitschy you cant help but love it. Daryl Hall and John Oates host a Christmas party, complete with Santa and the whole band dressed as rockin’ old people. Grandma can shred!
Frank & Bing, “Jingle Bells”, 1957
The holidays aren’t complete without some classic croons from ol’ Blue Eyes and Mr. White Christmas himself. Watch the two share a few laughs over what looks like very strong punch…
Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, 1984
Recorded by English artists as a fundraiser to aid the Ethiopian famine of 1984, the hope was that “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” would raise £70,000 for Ethiopia. It raised £8 million within twelve months of release. That’s the spirit of the holidays at its finest.
Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots, “All I Want for Christmas is You”, 2012
You either love or hate this Mariah Carey Christmas hit. But there is no question that Jimmy Fallon and The Roots make this song 10x better by using classroom instruments. Everyone needs a kazoo this Christmas.
Twisted Sister, Oh Come All Ye Faithful, 2006
The holidays suffer from a lack of head banging. So thank goodness for Twisted Sister. In case you need more, they also do amazing renditions of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “Silver Bells”. Killer.
Ray Charles, “Merry Christmas Baby”, 1979
In an old church in Germany, Ray Charles may take the fruitcake as the King of Christmas. Soulful, spirited and jolly, but in that cool, Ray Charles kinda way.