Stocking Stuffers: 2010’s 30 best new holiday songs

The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear (unless it’s Deaf The Halls, good grief). Every year there’s new music for the season, and here are the 30 best holiday songs that came out this year:

AHMIR – “Pray / Let It Snow” (video)
Andrew WK & Rodney the Mailman – “Silent Night” (video)
Asleep At The Wheel – “Santa Loves To Boogie” (mp3)
Beach House – “I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun” (mp3)
The Boy Least Likely To – “Christmas Isn’t Christmas” (mp3)
Cary Brothers – “Father Christmas” (mp3)
Cavo – “Home For Christmas” (stream)
Coldplay – “Christmas Lights” (video)
Fleet Foxes – “White Winter Hymnal” (mp3)
The Futureheads – “Christmas Was Better In The 80’s” (video)
Glee Cast – “Deck The Rooftop” / “Jingle Bells” / “O Christmas Tree” (video)
Jack Black & Jason Segal – “Little Drummer Boy 2010” (video)
Kanye West – “Christmas In Harlem” (mp3)
The Killers – “Boots” (video)
The Magnetic Fields – “Everything Is One Big Christmas Tree” (mp3)
Mariah Carey – “Oh! Santa / All I Want For Christmas Is You” (Mashup) (stream)
Maroon 5 w/ Sara Bareilles – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” (video)
NOTA – “All I Want For Christmas Is You” (video) <– for the a cappella/"Sing-Off" fans!
Rihanna – "A Child Is Born" (stream)
Sean Kingston – “Little Drummer Boy” (stream)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimney In The Projects” (mp3)
She & Him w/ Conan O’Brien – “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” (video)
The Spill Canvas – “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” (stream)
The Streets – “Scrooge & Marley (I Don’t Want It To Be Me)” (video)
Sufjan Stevens w/ The National – “Silent Night” (stream)
Summer Camp – “Christmas Wrapping” (mp3) <– Waitresses’ Cover
Train – “Shake Up Christmas” (video)
The Walkmen – “Holiday Road” (video) <– from National Lampoon’s Vacation!

Merry Christmas, you filthy animals.

Top 5 music artists ‘Glee’ should feature on an episode

Glee“Glee” is the hottest thing to happen to music-on-TV since “American Idol” (when it peaked around Season 5). The music is awesome, but let’s be honest, it’s not a particularly great show – most of the actors can’t really act, and there’s so many characters that it’s hard to be loyal to any storylines. When I do watch, all I can think is get to the music performances already.

Their covers of Queen and Journey have been great, but the best episodes are the ones featuring a single artist’s catalog: Madonna, Lady Gaga and most recently Britney Spears. (Brittany doing Britney? Genius.)  Joey Fatone recently tweeted that he’d like to see an episode with NSync’s music, including “Bye Bye Bye” and “It’s Gonna Be Me.”  Some other rumors and ideas I’ve heard include Stevie Wonder & Bon Jovi.

What other artists should “Glee” use for an episode?  Here’s my Top 5 votes:

5. Michael Jackson
I only put this at #5 because it’s an obvious choice.  They’re already doing a Rocky Horror episode for Halloween, so we don’t need “Thriller,” but how about “ABC,” “I Want You Back,” “Billie Jean,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” and “She’s Out Of My Life” – Mr. Schuester could sing “Remember The Time.”  YES.

4. James Brown
It’s high time the cast of “Glee” brought some soul.  And some funk.  Choice cuts would be “Please Please Please,” “It’s A Man’s World,” “Sex Machine,” “Try Me,” “Get Up Offa That Thing,” and “I Got You (I Feel Good).”

3. Spice Girls
If they can do Britney, they should definitely do the Spice Girls.  Do you even remember how many great pop songs they had?  “2 Become 1,” “Say You’ll Be There,” “Viva Forever,” “Spice Up Your Life” and (of course) “Wannabe.”  Maybe there could be a guest star as an exchange student from England, and her parents are Posh Spice & David Beckham or something.

2. The Who
The show covers many genres, but lacks in true rock music the most. Given that The Who wrote Tommy, the greatest rock opera (sorry, Green Day) and has many songs perfect for teenage wasteland anthems like “Baba O’Riley” and “My Generation,” this has serious potential for “Glee.”

1. George Michael
Yeah, he’s a bad boy, but he’ll be out of jail in 8 weeks – plenty of time to tape a cameo for a season finale… Sue Sylvester would eat him up.  Just tell me you wouldn’t love to see an episode with “Faith,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Freedom,” “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.”

What other artists should be featured on “Glee”?  Leave a comment!