Snowflakes in the air and music everywhere, it’s starting to sound a lot like Christmas. And one of the most beloved timeless traditions is getting together and watching a classic Christmas movie. There are tons of Christmas themed musicals, live and animated action to the very ones on stage, and so many musical numbers, like “We Need a Little Christmas”, have practically been marked in the consciousness. of the public this time of year.
But there are also those unsung heroes of the genre who don’t get as much respect – the often overlooked numbers on the soundtracks that only true Christmas music junkies know. Don’t be too blown away by the rest of the movie to miss these holiday hits.
“Welcome Christmas” (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
Chances are people are thinking of the classic Dr Seuss movie, How the Grinch stole Christmas, their thoughts immediately go to the main character and his theme song, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.” While they’re not necessarily wrong, they’re also missing the other part of the soundtrack from the original special.
“Welcome Christmas” does more than just prepare audiences for the story to come, it also shows Dr. Seuss’ underrated skills as a lyricist. It is not easy to invent a new language and integrate it into an original Christmas song.
“Putting one foot in front of the other” (Santa Claus is coming to town)
The Rankin / Bass stop-motion specials were filled to the brim with good musical numbers, and it’s hard to pick just one favorite. However, there are a lot of cool numbers that definitely need a second listen. While some might consider tracks like “Put One Foot In Front of the Other” to be a filler song, others see it as one of the most uplifting tracks on the special.
Santa, surprisingly, makes a good motivational trainer, and he certainly pulls the Winter Warlock out of his freezing depression. A few more verses and he maybe even made viewers dance in front of the television.
“There is always tomorrow” (Rudolph the red nosed reindeer)
Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, although this is a short affair, he has several great songs to fill his running time. But this slow, romantic song has apparently been glossed over. Those who grew up listening to “There’s Always Tomorrow” in its entirety, however, know how beautiful it is.
It’s slow, but it’s optimistic. Plus, her heartfelt words really reach out to audience members old enough to pay attention. It is also refreshing to see the female love serenade of the male protagonist every now and then.
“The Golden Gold of Ireland” (The Elf Christmas Gold)
Elf Christmas Gold is a very strange Rankin / Bass production. But given that they also brought viewers The Hobbit, it’s no surprise that they handle the fantastic elements so well. While the special features “Christmas in Killarney”, the real little-known song is “Golden Gold of Ireland”.
It’s like someone is putting on an Irish drinking song in the middle of a Christmas special. Appropriate, since most of the cast is made up of sprites. And there is perhaps no better fitting song that sums up the entire viewing experience better than the display of green and gold in this bizarre mix of vacation.
“It’s like Christmas” (The Christmas Carol of the Muppets)
For a story so steeped in tradition, it’s honestly quite remarkable how many times A Christmas Carol made in musical format. Concrete example, The Muppets’ Christmas carol. The production is already chock-full of wonderful songs, but if there was one with the underrated title, it’s “It Feels Like Christmas”.
To be fair, this is a song that comes straight out of “When Love is Gone” and will soon be followed by “A Thankful Heart”. Even so, it deserves a lot more attention than it gets. Especially since it features the distinguished Michael Cain dancing with a giant of the Muppets.
“We Are Despicable” (Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol)
Before the Muppets had their fuzzy mitts on history, Mr. Magoo had his myopic gaze on history. It may seem strange to do A Christmas Carol a musical within a musical, but this special makes it work wonderfully. Its soundtrack doesn’t really change anything, but it features a critically under-listened villain song.
Sung by the trio of disbelievers who share Scrooge’s valuables after his death, this is essentially a song about their irremediable evil. Simple but effective, this is one of those badass songs that reiterates the old adage of “sometimes it’s good to be bad”.
“Link By Link” (A Christmas Carol: The Musical)
Based on the musical of the same name, this adaptation of A Christmas Carol is weird, and that’s saying it well. However, one of his most memorable moments features Jason Alexander as the ghost of Marley. The song “Link By Link” features Marley and a host of wandering spirits performing synchronized suffering while singing about their sins.
The visuals and performances are unforgettable creativity, but they still match the unintentional weirdness of the rest of the film. For a TV movie-music, it was without a doubt one of his most impressive highlights.
“Thank you very much” (Scrooge)
If there was a prize for the most contagious Christmas song, “Thank You Very Much” must win some sort of medal. Once again, a Scrooge-centric musical deserves a mention. But this issue isn’t about ghosts, greed, or mourning, but rather a celebration of Mr. Scrooge’s death.
A song about someone’s agonizing disappearance shouldn’t be as cheerful and uplifting as this stage-worthy number ends up being. While Scrooge’s death is only brought up with visual clues, the lyrics themselves could translate into a congratulatory song, which she does before the credits roll. Either way, there’s always a refreshing touch of dark humor.
“Walk in the air” (The snowman)
Although this is not a musical, The Snowman features an absolutely spellbinding and beautiful musical number. If anyone has heard the song “Walking in the Air”, it’s either in the animated short, or the covers of Celtic Woman or Nightwish. Either way, it’s a criminally underrated piece of music.
There are several elements of Christmas that are considered magical to millions of people and if that feeling had a song it would be the result. This Frosty the Snowman tale easily offers one of the most enchanting stories that kids of all ages are sure to enjoy during the holiday season.
“Put some love in your heart” (Scrooged)
Technically, that number shouldn’t count, as Richard Donner’s film isn’t a musical, but given that the entire cast of the film is joining in and singing, it gets a pass – all the more. more than all ghosts are involved in the act.
Whoever has seen Shaved knows it’s one of the darkest Christmas movies around, which makes it all the more relieving when everyone comes together in song at the end. While it’s a bit unusual to see Christmas Future and his ribcage demons join in such excitement.
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