Top 10 Heartbreaking Holiday Covers
Last week we took a look at some of the most holiday spirit-dampeningly awful songs ever recorded. We aren't quite done ruining your holiday spirit just yet however, as this week we have compiled ten of the saddest holiday cover songs ever recorded.
These artists have managed to take the source material and twist the knife just enough to eek out just a little bit more Christmastime melancholy. Enjoy!
10. Far (Feat. Chino Moreno and Grady Avenell), "Do they Know It's Christmas?"
Much sadder than the actual tone of this charity-pop monstrosity is the laughable ethnocentric lyrical content that assumes the poor bastards on the dark continent don't even know it's Christmastime. Who knew the whole world wasn't Judeo-Christian? Hell, they're really lucky just to be alive at all, the song opines -- as if the rest of us aren't?
The whole mess is topped off by Bono's parting kick to the collective nuts: "Tonight, thank God it's them, instead of you!" Really? Sad is it also that post punk metal acts like Far -- not to mention Avenell's post hardcore outfit Will Haven -- didn't gain the critical acclaim their predecessors in Helmet and Quicksand did, nor the lasting popularity fellow vocalist Chino Moreno of The Deftones still enjoys.
9. Simon & Garfunkel, "Silent Night/7 O' Clock News"
Punk before it was punk, this folk track is a simple version of "Silent Night" laid bare over an imagined news feed featuring news of Lenny Bruce's death and coverage of the arraignment of serial killer Richard Speck. It's a stark and harsh contrast and its brutal message still packs a punch today.
8. Florence + The Machine, "Last Christmas"
It takes a powerful voice to re-interpret what has been called by some the worst holiday pop song ever written. While Rocks Off doesn't think Wham! deserves such harsh criticism, this retelling manages to pack a wallop George Michael and Andrew Ridgely just couldn't muster. Why this hasn't seen an official release is a mystery to us.