As we close out the decade, let's postulate whether any songs from the '10s (the decade, not the Tenors) can find their space near the inescapable "Last Christmas" and "All I Want for Christmas Is You," both which even The Ten Tenors covered. The latter song finally hit No. 1 after 25 years, so these 10 songs have a good chance to reach classic status.
2010: 'Fruitcake' — The SuperionsFew people with lives even knew The B-52s' Fred Schneider had a side project. Yet here's an entire album of fetching Christmas originals, including "Santa's Disco" ("Santa's on stage, Mrs. Claus is in a cage") and a commentary on our aversion to this Christmas Kryptonite ("Artificial color, artificial flavor, If your family don't want it, give it to a neighbor!).
2011: 'Mistletoe' — Justin Bieber
Under The Mistletoe was the first-ever Christmas album by a male artist to debut at No. 1. The song "Mistletoe" hasn't spawned any cover versions thus far, but its music video, with The Bieb's short attention span to his "shorty" whenever a blonde is in camera view, has been spoofed to great effect by The Key of Awesome ("I get more ass than a toilet seat, Cops let me singing in the fuckin' street") and Bart Baker's "Cameltoe."
2012: 'All I Need Is Love' — CeeLo Green featuring The MuppetsHistorians say Phil Spector's A Christmas Gift to You was the most ill-timed yuletide album since it was released the same day President Kennedy was assassinated. A close second is Cee Lo's Magic Moment, which came out the same day Green was accused of sexual battery by a woman he furnished with ecstasy (the drug, not the emotion). In his defense, during this Muppet merger, nothing untoward happened with Miss Piggy.
2013: 'Miracle Hymn' — Susan BoyleEveryone loved the story that propelled Boyle to stardom in 2009. By 2013, she was established enough to have a posthumous duet with Elvis. Her second Christmas CD also featured this hymn written for Boyle's film acting debut in The Christmas Candle. If you wanna watch a movie just to hear Boyle say, "You're not the first clergyman I've seen in his underpants," then go knock yourself out.
2014: 'That's Christmas to Me' — PentatonixTalk about "Silent Night" and bloodless coups — why aren't right-wing conspiracy groups railing about how the a capella group Pentatonix hijacked Christmas? For five consecutive holiday seasons, they've had the top-selling Christmas album. The album of the same name was the first chart-topping Christmas album by a vocal group since 1962 — when it was Mitch Miller and the Gang. We're just disappointed as you it wasn't Alvin and The Chipmunks.
2015: 'Nothing for Christmas' — Ru PaulIn 1997, RuPaul released Ho, Ho, Ho, setting the standard for holiday drag queen music. The follow-up, titled Slay Belles, came 18 years later. In between skits and risque fare like "I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus" was "Nothing for Christmas,” a lament about how bad behavior scratched Ru off of Santa’s list (“I was a good girl all year long until somebody did me wrong”). This ditty could satiate that niche market for holiday breakup songs created by Wham’s “Last Christmas.”
2016: 'Ugly Christmas Sweater' — Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
It's universal, short, catchy, and produced to sound like it was recorded the same week as "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." In a few more years, this office Christmas party anthem will be as omnipresent as "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer."