Ten Christmas covers that have overtaken the originals in popularity
They say that everything new is well-forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and have prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements, which in all points outshone their originals. Let’s go!
Carol of the Bells [original]One of the most popular Christmas songs is nothing other than the Ukrainian folk song “shchedryk”, adapted by Nikolai Leontovich. The composer worked on it for almost twenty years: the first edition was presented in 1901, and in 1916 it was first performed by the choir of Kiev University. The English-language equivalent of “Shchedrik” – “Carol of the Bells ” – was heard in” South Park”,” the simpsons”,” family Guy”,” the Addams Family”,” die Hard ” … this list can go on indefinitely.
The most popular version of “Shchedrik” in rock style belongs to Metallica. And in the performance of Pentatonix, “Carol of the Bells” has gained 138 million views on YouTube, and this number will grow every year.
Must Be Santa[original]the Original version of the song was written by Hal Moore and bill Fredericks based on German drinking songs in 1960. Half a century later, Bob Dylan created a cover in the spirit of crazy polka for his Christmas album “Christmas in the Heart”.
Interesting fact: the new version lists the names of American presidents, including Clinton and Bush, along with the names of Santa’s reindeer.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [original]Hugh Martin and Ralph blaine wrote a future hit in 1923. For the first time, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was performed by Judy garland in the movie “Meet me in St. Louis”, and the authors had to rewrite the words-the original seemed too depressing to the producers. Ten years later, the text changed again, but this time for Frank Sinatra.
In addition to him, covers of this song were made by Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Bing Crosby, Vanessa Williams, Sam Smith and about a hundred other musicians. We will also note the jazz version of Ella Fitzgerald recorded for the album “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” in 1960.
Run Rudolph Run[original]
A cover for those who love the New year, but can’t stand sugary Christmas carols. The song performed by Chuck berry brought together Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters).The band recorded it for the album “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year” – a “metal” collection of Christmas songs. “Run Rudolf Run” is heard in many movies, but the most obvious Association is the scene from “home Alone” when the McCallister family is rushing on a plane.
We Wish You a Merry Xmas[original] Another track from the hardcore compilation “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year”. The song was performed by Jeff Scott Soto in collaboration with Bruce Kulik (Kiss), Chris wise (the Cult) and ray Luzier (Korn). We can’t say that this is the most popular performance, covers of this song can not be counted, but one of the most remarkable and fatal — definitely.
The author of the original Christmas chorale is unknown. It is believed that five centuries ago it was invented by the English poor, who went to rich houses, performing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” in exchange for gifts and treats.
Christmas Time Will Soon Be Over[original] the Famous 1951 Christmas song by bill Monroe, the lyrics of which were repeatedly changed and rewritten. It was also remade by former member of the White Stripes Jack white. And it turned out quite fervently.
White did not lose the traditional folk motifs, added a bit of deliberate cheerfulness and did not notice how he put together the soundtrack to the war drama “Cold mountain”by Anthony Minghella. The lyrics of the song seem to be performed in the technique of yodeling, which makes the composition even more crazy, but really festive and fun.
Christmas Don’t be Late [original]an American Christmas song was written back in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. Bagdasarian recorded this song experimentally, varying the speed of the tape to create high-pitched “chipmunks” voices. Soon, a fictional group of chipmunks named Alvin, Simon, and Theodore won three Grammy awards: best Comedy performance, Best children’s recording, and Best engineering (non-classical) recording.However, the most popular version of it is considered to be the performance of American indie singer Rosie Thomas (more than 14 million requests on Google against 2.9 million). Thomas seemed to add meaning to this meaningless and holiday-destroying melody, making it meditative and deep.
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear [original]Originally “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” was a Christmas poem written by American Minister Edmond Hamilton Sears in 1849.In 1950, the American composer Richard Storrs Willis quickly took the poems to work and created almost a national Christmas hymn with the participation of a Church choir. A few years later, the song became popular and entered the repertoire of many American churches during the Christmas period.However, the most famous version of the song is considered to be a meditative performance by an art-rock team from Brooklyn. Curiously, the group Young Oceans was formed from a group of artists who were located at the Trinity grace Church in new York. In the Young Oceans version, “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” sounds noticeably softer, in the best traditions of the founding fathers of ambient and art rock-Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) [original]it was Originally a rock ballad performed by American pop singer Darlene Love in 1963. The lyrics were written by a married couple of composers, Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry. As a performer, it was planned to attract a member of The Ronettes, Ronnie Spector. But Ronnie’s voice did not provide enough emotional color, and it was decided to find a replacement for her. The song was included in the seasonal compilation album “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector”, was produced by Phil Spector and recorded in the”Wall of Sound” technique. In December 1963, the album reached number 13 on the Billboard magazine chart, and in 2003, it was listed as one of the” 500 greatest albums of all time ” by Rolling Stones magazine. Later, the song was repeatedly re-sung by many pop stars: from Mariah Carey to Michael buble.As a result, the best version of it was performed by the alternative team from Bellingham Death Cab for Cutie. The band used a different arrangement than “Wall of Sound”, ignoring the principle of layering and recording all the instrumental parts separately, which, however, only added to the song’s drive.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day[original]a Christmas Carol based on an 1863 poem by the American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem contains the theme of the American Civil war (during which Longfellow loses his wife and eldest son), but these lines are not usually performed by musicians. In 1956, Bing Crosby recorded and released a single of the same name, which received high ratings from Billboard and Variety.
In 2012, the Civil Wars performed “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” in a soft and stripped-down acoustic arrangement. As ironic as it may sound, it’s probably hard to imagine a band that would do it better than The Civil Wars — the new version of the song has rapidly gained popularity.