Chad's Christmas Music Picks

Our very own Chad Kelly spreads yuletide cheer, the only way he knows how.

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'Tis the Season

I've been collecting obscure tunes and records for the better part of 25 years, and of particular interest to me has always been Holiday music. I've always found that making folks listen to some great Holiday music (whether they want to or not) is the perfect way to get everyone into the spirit of things, and in keeping with that tradition I've put together a list of some of my favorites for your listening pleasure!

Wesley Willis: Merry Christmas

Wesley Willis will forever be missed. This holiday classic comes from his seminal album, Rock and Roll Will Never Die.

Rob Halford: Deck the Halls

The Metal God recently returned with his second collection of holiday favorites, including this very hardcore rendition of Deck the Halls.

Regis Philbin: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Few people know that the late great Regis Philbin released a holiday record. Both his and Kathy Lee Gifford’s albums sit proudly in my collection. They even made an animated video for this track!

John Travolta and Olivia Newton John: White Christmas

“This Christmas” is the holiday record which reunited John Travolta with the late Olivia Newton John. Here they sing White Christmas.

Edward Furlong: It’s Christmas Time

Long before the days of auto-tune, this long forgotten album was carried purely on the rising star power of Edward Furlong, fresh from the set of Terminator 2. Only released in Japan.

The Boxmasters: (Simply Having) a Wonderful Christmastime

Billy Bob Thornton is a prolific recording artist who has always placed his acting career as secondary to his musical ambitions. A multi-instrumentalist who started out on guitar, later drums, and then singing.  

William Hung: Little Drummer Boy

After a successful run on American Idol, singing sensation William Hung went on to record four albums, one of which was the joyful holiday album, Hung For the Holidays.

Kermit the Frog & Ms. Piggy: Santa Baby

This romantic collection of holiday favorites comes from one of television's original power couples, Kermit & Ms. Piggy.

The Singing Saw at Christmastime: Jingle Bells

Admittedly an acquired taste, the Singing Saw is back and this time with ten holiday favorites, including Jingle Bells.

William Shatner with Iggy Pop: Silent Night

From the master thespian himself comes “Shatner Claus”, a collection of holiday favorites featuring artists such as Billy Gibbons (ZZ top), Henry Rollins, and Iggy Pop.

Gunther & The Sunshine Girls: The Christmas Song

(Honorable mention)

The Swedish male model and nightclub owner turned pop sensation known as Gunther only released one album in 2004, the seminal Pleasureman; but certainly left an indelible mark on the world of dance and pop music. The bonus track from his sole record is this timeless holiday classic.

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