Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of 2011

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Top 10 Best Christmas Songs of 2011
6. The Barr Brothers "Dear Mrs. Claus"

The big guy in red tends to get a lot of praise this time of year, but Montreal folksters the Barr Brothers offer up a tribute to the gal he leaves back at home every December 24 after he fills up that sleigh. Rolling out like an old '60s R&B standard, the cut is sung from the viewpoint of a lothario trying to butter up the Mrs. while Santa's off getting milk and cookies on the job. Don't let that heavenly harp fool you, things get kind of steamy once he starts smooth-talking the holiday heroine and sends the elves home for the evening. "No one should be alone on this most silent of nights," singer Brad Barr sultrily coos before offering to turn on Mrs. Claus, um, "Christmas lights."

5. Cults "Hot Chocolate"

On the surface, Cults recent performance on kids show Yo Gabba Gabba! seems to be a rather sweet and sleepy serenade about a nice, warm cup of cocoa, but considering the mysterious popsters' subversive bent, we're totally creeped out by this one. After all, they sampled cult leader Jim Jones's Guayana speech for "Go Outside." We're wondering if the marshmallow-filled mug held high by singer Madeline Follin and those cutesy neon monsters will go down about as smooth as a glass of Jonestown Kool-Aid.

The Cults on Yo Gabba Gabba! from stereogum on Vimeo.

4. Wiley  "Cheer Up, It's Christmas"

UK grime pioneer Wiley admittedly cops to being a bit of a Grinch at Christmastime, generally skipping out on hangin' 'round the tannenbaum to spend time online. Eventually dude's inner gourmand gets the best of him, though, as he starts remembering all the sweets and eats that come with a Santa-approved spread. Save for the raisin cake, though. He still thinks that's gross. "It's Christmastime / Everybody eats food, everybody drinks wine," he spits, before convincing another Scrooge to hit up some gals on the dance floor. Packed with synth swells, twinkling toy xylophone hits and a bouncy backbeat, this is a proper cut to get hyphy to while wearing goofy reindeer sweater.

Wiley - Cheer Up It's Christmas by The Line Of Best Fit
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