The Industrial Christmas Music Complex is a lot like Christmas itself: you're going to get some totally boring socks and sweaters, but you might end up with some unexpected and wonderful surprises, too.
Remember when Kate Bush confessed her undying love for that snowman? Or when Bob Dylan jumped the shark for the 17th time with a collection of bizarre renditions? Or before that, when we discovered Sufjan and his pals get together every year to jam out on the season? Christmas music doesn't have to be torture!
Here's a roundup of this year's chestnuts:
1. Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings - "8 Days of Hanukkah"
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings put out a holiday music album reminiscent of James Brown's "Funky Christmas." Unlike Brown's classic collection, this record features a great Hanukkah jam titled "8 Days of Hanukkah." Watch out for the "dreidel, dreidel, dreidel!" refrain.
2. The Killers - "Dirt Sledding"
The Killers put out a Christmas song every year, which is great if you miss Queen terribly and want to hear some anthemic arena rock that falls short of the real thing. This year's installment is called "Dirt Sledding" and it features Richard Dreyfuss, which is great if you miss Richard Dreyfuss.
3. Fetty Wap ft. Monty - "Merry Xmas"
New Jersey's Fetty Wap had a huge year. The rapper's calling card "Trap Queen" was infecting ears pretty much everywhere, from bodegas and subwoofers to Taylor Swift's "Look at My Famous Friends" tour. He's taking a victory lap by closing out the year with a jam called "Merry Xmas." It sounds like every other Fetty Wap song, but with the word "Christmas" peppered throughout the hook.
4. Phoenix ft. Bill Murray - "Alone on Christmas Day"
Maybe you heard Bill Murray and Sofia Coppola collaborated on a holiday special for Netflix? It's a fairly hot mess, but great for the legion Murray fanatics out there. There are some unarguably great moments, including a duet with George Clooney, who can't sing, and a collaboration with Phoenix, who can.