Upbeat energetic Christmas music
December 8, 2016 5:04 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for happy, peppy, upbeat, and energetic Christmas music!

Traditional Christmas songs are great, but if you know any original songs that would be fantastic too! Nothing slow and solemn here, I want to rock this Christmas! I'm already familiar with A Very Bootie Christmas, and I like about half their songs enough to listen to a lot.

I am specifically not looking for sad songs - as upbeat as "Last Christmas" may sound in some covers, it feels depressing to me.

I would really, really love a peppy version of Do You Hear What I Hear if anyone can find one!
posted by IndigoRain to Media & Arts (39 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
James Brown's Funky Christmas
posted by Pearl928 at 5:26 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

This isn't very specific, but I ended up searching for big band or jazz band christmas music on youtube and had some success. Very upbeat and lively for sure.
posted by littlesq at 5:29 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Boney M Mary's Boy Child

John Denver & The Muppets Little St Nick

Mariah Carey All I Want for Christmas is You
posted by bunderful at 5:44 PM on December 8, 2016

Carla Thomas - Gee Whiz it's Christmas
posted by Chenko at 5:57 PM on December 8, 2016

Get Behind Me, Santa!
posted by btfreek at 6:15 PM on December 8, 2016

The Beach Boys did a version of "Little St. Nick" too which is mad fun.

Barbara Streisand's cover of "Jingle Bells" made me giggle as a child and is just so very VERY Barbara Streisand.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:18 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Are muppets ok? From the Muppet Christmas Carol It feels like Christmas.
posted by ghost phoneme at 6:24 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Can't link it from here, but Jingle Bells by Barenaked Ladies is fantastic.
posted by Prof Iterole at 6:28 PM on December 8, 2016

Must have been old Santa Claus by Harry Connick Jr
posted by Ftsqg at 6:33 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

You might also like "Silent Nightclub", an album by Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine.
posted by Prof Iterole at 6:33 PM on December 8, 2016

Lou Ann Barton's cover of Rockin Around the Christmas Tree is my go-to happy holiday song.

Some of the this album might work for you too: Austin Rhythm & Blues Christmas
posted by SuperSquirrel at 6:47 PM on December 8, 2016

My favorite Christmas rap song: "Christmas Is" by Run DMC!
posted by sucre at 6:51 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

The Andrews Sisters' Christmas stuff is a great, upbeat subset of traditional-secular-Christmas music. (Their "Jingle Bells" with Bing Crosby is a good example.)
posted by Polycarp at 6:54 PM on December 8, 2016

To get me into the Christmukkah spirit, my first choice is always the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's rendition of Carol of the Bells.
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:00 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Salsoul Orchestra
posted by rhizome at 7:19 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

For me it's not Christmas without Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses.
posted by ejs at 7:22 PM on December 8, 2016 [3 favorites]

Ay ay ay it's Christmas - Ricky Martin
Met and angel on Christmas day - Celine Dion
What Christmas means to me - Paul Young
Rocking around the Christmas Tree - Darlene Love and Ronnie Spector
Sleigh Bells - Debbie Gibson

The album A Very Special Christmas 2 is my fave of all time and has lots of awesome upbeat songs.
posted by Youremyworld at 7:35 PM on December 8, 2016 [1 favorite]

Jingle Bells and Santa Claus Came in the Spring, both by Benny Goodman
posted by ChuraChura at 7:43 PM on December 8, 2016

I want a hippopotamus for Christmas - Gayla Peevey
posted by Aranquis at 7:43 PM on December 8, 2016

Hip Christmas.
posted by Ideefixe at 8:47 PM on December 8, 2016

"Untraditional holiday songs" is one of my favorite niche genres, so of course I had to dig into my library a bit...

Gary Glitter - Another Rock and Roll Christmas
Beck - Little Drum Machine Boy
Bing Crosby - Mele Kalikimaka
Bootsy Collins - Christmas Is 4 Ever (album)
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa
Dickies - Silent Night (really)
The Kinks - Father Christmas
Nerf Herders - Santa Has A Mullet
large chunks of RuPaul's Ho Ho Ho (album)
this clip from The Simpsons shows up every now and then in my holiday playlist
Slade - Merry Christmas Everybody
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Santa Claus is Smoking Reefer
Vince Guaraldi Trio - Christmas is Coming

"James Brown's Funky Christmas" and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' "It's A Holiday Soul Party" are both very solid picks.

and how can I forget my favorite original holiday song possibly ever:
Eazy-E, Merry Muthaphuckkin Xmas (DEFINITELY NSFW)
posted by Vervain at 9:02 PM on December 8, 2016 [3 favorites]

Wizzard ~ I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Screw you, Black Mirror /JK
posted by JulesER at 9:51 PM on December 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Blondie - We Three Kings
Twisted Sister - O Come All Ye Faithful
Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl, and Bily F. Gibbons - Run Rudolph Run from the album We Wish You A Metal Xmas
Billy Idol - Jingle Bell Rock (it's no Jingle Rock Bell but still amusing)
Booker T and the MGs - Silver Bells
Jimmy Jules & the Nuclear Soul System - Xmas Done Got Funky
Kurtis Blow - Christmas Rappin'
The Jive Turkeys - Get Down Santa
Electric Jungle - Funky Funky Christmas
Soul Saints Orchestra - Santa's Got A Bag Of Soul
Universal Robot Band - Disco Christmas
Milly & Silly - Getting Down For Christmas
HE 5 - Here Comes Santa Claus

Peppy-ish versions of Do You Hear What I Hear? - Mahalia Jackson, Destiny's Child, Eclipse 6
posted by Vervain at 10:11 PM on December 8, 2016 [3 favorites]

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite.
posted by athirstforsalt at 11:25 PM on December 8, 2016

Christmas Cocktails
We Three Kings by the Roches
posted by sarajane at 5:54 AM on December 9, 2016

8bitpeoples 8Bits of Christmas posted by RobotVoodooPower
Bit Shifter's "Let it Snow" is a work of genius. So far I am the only person I've played it to who has agreed - but hey - that's Christmas songs.
Bert Kaempfert's "Jingo Jango" should be the song used to calibrate all detectory of Christmas perkiness.
"Everything's Going to be Good This Christmas". - Eels
The Brian Setzer's Orchestra's album - "Everybody's waiting for the man with the bag"
The whole Christmas album by She and Him - Christmas Waltz for example.
posted by rongorongo at 6:03 AM on December 9, 2016

For something you are less likely to have heard - don't overlook songs in every other language. Haiti Joyeux Noel by Miu Haiti as one random example.
posted by rongorongo at 6:09 AM on December 9, 2016

One More Sleep - Leona Lewis
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings - Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan
posted by yawper at 9:04 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

Relient K's 12 Days of Christmas probably qualifies.
posted by terilou at 10:36 AM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

If rongorongo's Bert Kämpfert suggestion rings your chimes you'll probably also like a little Ray Conniff.
posted by Rash at 9:15 PM on December 9, 2016 [1 favorite]

Christmas in Hollis - Run DMC
There Ain't No Sanity Clause - The Damned
White Christmas - Stiff Little Fingers
posted by Room 641-A at 7:52 AM on December 10, 2016

Kacey Musgraves new Christmas album! - Mele Kalikimaka & A Willie Nice Christmas
Sufjan Stevens - Come on! Let's Boogey to the Elf Dance
Rat Pack - Christmastime All Over The World & Marshmallow World
posted by SarahElizaP at 9:40 PM on December 10, 2016

Here Comes Santa Claus - The Rock (wearing a holiday onesie!)
posted by Room 641-A at 9:00 AM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]

Cleveland's Ohio City Singers have 4 CD's of all-original Christmas music. While there are of course a few slower tunes, most of their work is energetic Americana/blues.

(Disclaimer of sorts - I have known and worked with all the musicians for years across a variety of projects, including this one.)
posted by soundguy99 at 11:45 PM on December 17, 2016

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