Ten Christmas covers, overtaken by the originals
It is said that everything new is well forgotten old. We decided to support this expression and prepared for you a fresh selection of “bearded” Christmas hits in new arrangements, which overshadowed their originals on all counts. Go!
Carol of the Bells [original] One of the most popular Christmas compositions is none 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 analogue of “Shchedryk” – “Carol of the Bells” – sounded in “South Park”, “The Simpsons”, “Family Guy”, “Adams Family”, “Die Hard” … this list is endless.
The most popular version of “Shchedryka” in the fatal style belongs to Metallica. And in the performance of Pentatonix, “Carol of the Bells” 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 Frederiks based on German table songs in 1960. Half a century later, Bob Dylan created a crazy polka-like cover for his Christmas album “Christmas in the Heart”.
An interesting fact: in the new version, along with the nicknames of reindeers from Santa’s team, the names of the American presidents, including Clinton and Bush, are listed.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas [original] Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine wrote the next hit in 1923. For the first time, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” performed 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 for Frank Sinatra.
Besides him, covers of this song were made by Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Bing Crosby, Vanessa Williams, Sam Smith and about a hundred more musicians. We will celebrate the jazz version of Ella Fitzgerald, recorded for the album “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” in 1960.
A cover for those who love the New Year, but can not tolerate sugary Christmas carols. The composition performed by Chuck Berry combined Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). The musicians 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” sounds in many films, but the most obvious association is the scene from “Home Alone”, when the McCalister family rushes to the plane.
Another track from the hardcore compilation “We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year”. The composition was performed by Jeff Scott Soto in collaboration with Bruce Kulik (Kiss), Chris Wise (The Cult) and Ray Lusier (Korn). It cannot be said that this is the most popular performance, the covers of this song are not considered, but one of the most remarkable and fatal ones is definitely.