If you evaluate your holiday season by the number of Christmas video clips you find on the Internet, then you would be hard-pressed to not consider winter 2012 among the best ever! From unexpected renditions of timeless classics to original tunes that are sure to become standards, there was no shortage of Christmas jams to unwrap beneath the tree this year. It is with tidings of great joy that we bring you the Top 5 Viral Christmas Songs of 2012!
DMX “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”
For all the bizarre video clips of DMX that have circulated over the past year or so since he’s resurfaced to make his presence felt in the rap game, it’s something of a Christmas miracle that the rapper otherwise known as Dark Man X kicked off our holiday season with our kind of Christmas caroling. When prompted to sing the seasonal classic “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” X proudly proclaimed that he didn’t need a printout of the lyrics and proceeded to belt out a downright endearing rendition that not only made viewers shout out with glee, but will undoubtably go down in history. WHUUUUUT!??!?
Mariah Carey, Jimmy Fallon and the Roots “All I Want For Christmas is You”
With a favorite recurring bit on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featuring host Fallon and the Roots performing a song with its original artist as backed by elementary school music class instruments, it’s only right that the show do a special incarnation for the holidays. Here, Mariah Carey and a choir of children join the crew for a spirited rendition of “All I Want For Christmas is You.” For a song that’s been repeated mercilessly every year for the better part of two decades, this inventive re-imagining made for the most we’ve enjoyed the song in years.
Krispy Kreme “Christmas”
After dominating computer screens worldwide in 2012 by boasting he’s “The Baddest,” one would think comedy rap artist Krispy Kreme wouldn’t have much else to prove. Lucky for us, he’s assembled a Christmas wish list and put it together in rap form. While we detect a certain recurring theme in his gift ideas that may not be for everybody, at least rap fans universally can agree his tenth item is something every hip-hop fan could, would and does enjoy. If this clip isn’t quite enough John Cena holiday magic for you, you might want to also take a gander at WWE’s 2012 musical video Christmas card.
R.A. the Rugged Man and Mac Lethal “Crustified Christmas”
R.A. the Rugged Man first made waves in the hip-hop underground through his songs “Every Record Label Sucks Dick” and his collaboration with Biggie, “Cunt Renaissance.” Mac Lethal became an internet darling through his pancake-flippin’ freestyle. What better reason to bring these two cult hip-hop icons together than for a celebration of Christmas? The only holiday jam you’ll hear this year that references “The Walking Dead,” Silent Night, Deadly Night and Dick Clark’s death, R.A. and Lethal run down what the holidays mean to them over a traditional boom-bap beat warm as a cup of cocoa.
Sean Price “How Sean Price Stole Christmas”
Duck Down Records were one of the first rap collectives to understand the promotional values of viral videos. In 2012, they make some of the best. Just when we thought nothing could top Sean Price’s Nardwuar impression comes “How Sean Price Stole Christmas.” Here, Price’s loose take on the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” serves as a reminder that whether celebrating the holidays or bemoaning them, there’s a video on the internet out there for everyone.