Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, because radio stations and public spaces have definitely changed over to their holiday tracks. I’m a big fan of the holidays, and I enjoy the traditional soundtrack. However, sometimes I’m in the mood for something a little bit different, kind of quirky, or just plain ridiculous. When I host holiday gatherings (see last week’s post for more tips on get-togethers and celebrations), I always add a healthy dose of offbeat tunes to my playlist. (Please note that these are chosen for their fun factor, not their musical quality. Lol.)

If you want to try going off the beaten path in your holiday listening, here are a few suggestions:

Shatner Claus (2018)


William Shatner cracks me up. His “I’m ridiculous and I’m owning it” persona doesn’t work for everyone, but if you find it entertaining, you should check out Shatner Claus. It’s filled with his signature style of spoken word/over the top drama, and while I definitely would NOT call it “good music”, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Personal favorite: Jingle Bells (Punk Rock Version).

Meowy Christmas (1993)

cat christmas

Meowy Christmas was the first of four albums by the Jingle Cats, produced by Mike Spalla. I can’t begin to image how many hours of cat sounds Spalla collected and mixed to create the “choir” that performs these holiday favorites. The strange but entertaining discography also includes Jingle Dogs and Jingle Babies.

Personal favorite: Ode to Joy

Merry, Merry Christmas (1989)

Boom Box

I could work on this post for weeks and never run out of holiday albums recorded by pop stars over the years. Going back to the “must haves” of the past is a great way to revive some old memories. For me, the standout is New Kids on the Block, which seemed to be in everyone’s stocking as we prepared to welcome the 90s. My family still listens to it every year, with a lot of smiles, giggles, and occasional eye rolling.

Personal favorite: Funky, Funky Christmas

Twisted Christmas (1988)

happy christmas

Comedian Bob Rivers went heavy on the parody in his series of Christmas albums, including a strong focus on the irritations that go hand in hand with the joy. It’s a tongue in cheek look at the holidays, and a lot of the humor comes from the fact that much of it is so easy to relate to, even for serious holiday fans.

Personal favorite: The Twelve Pains of Christmas

Christmas in the Stars (1980)

X Wing

I love Star Wars. The good, the bad, and the hopelessly cheesy…I can’t get enough. (And if you’ve read this far, I’m sure you’ve already realized I have a general weakness for anything cheesy.) Christmas in the Stars is a surprisingly earnest blend of the Star Wars universe and holiday spirit, with a distinct early 80s feel.

Personal favorite: What Do You Get a Wookie For Christmas?


What are your favorite holiday albums and songs (traditional or otherwise)? Let me know in the comments!

26 thoughts on “Worth Hearing: Unconventional Holiday Music

  1. Great post, my friend! What creativity 😉 Blessings and enjoy your day!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you! Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      1. You’re welcome Amanda, already working on it (smile)

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  2. Katherine says:

    Wow, nice thoughts and beautiful pictures!
    Especially those with cats ❤
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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  3. Laura says:

    I have to admit I bought the Bob Dylan Christmas album “Christmas in the Heart” when it came out in 2009. It’s not great. But proceeds went to charity!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Then it was totally worth it. 🙂

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  4. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

    Personally, if it doesn’t have banjos, it’s not Christmas music lol!! Jk..

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I like banjos. 🙂
      The variety of genres in holiday music is really astounding. There’s everything from Polka Christmas to Heavy Metal Christmas.

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      1. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        Heavy metal polka!! 🤔 I’m onto something…

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      2. Amanda Cade says:

        I would LOVE to hear that! Lol

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      3. The Eclectic Contrarian says:

        If I ever find it, you’ll be the first to know!

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  5. robertkwanga says:

    Great work Amanda. I hardly ever listen to Christmas albums but the one Pentatonix put out have stuck with me.

    Really great work. I’m really glad I found this blog. 🙂

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Thank you so much! And that is a GREAT album. I love acapella arrangements. Their Carol of the Bells gives me shivers.


      1. robertkwanga says:

        Yeah. That piece was simply phenomenal. 🙂 I’m glad you appreciate their music as much as I do. 😀

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  6. Simon says:

    I think we all need a break from the old music, nice to meet you Amanda 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      It never hurts to mix it up a little, right? Nice to meet you, too, Simon.


      1. Simon says:

        Yeah, mixing it up can be fun!
        Great to meet you… I’ll be seeing your about 😀

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  7. I’m all about the holidays, as our christams tree has been up since the last week of Novemeber. Favorite holiday song is defintely “Silent Night” I just love it because it represents the holidays.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      That’s a classic!

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  8. Look up the song “We Wish you a Metal Christmas.”
    I was wrapping gifts last year to the death and black metal Silver Bells and several other classics.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Oh, my gosh. That song is TOTALLY going on my playlist!!! Thanks for the recommendation!


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