As time goes by and other holidays as Halloween somewhat lose their charm in a few places (there hasn’t been anything even close to a trick or treat night around my neighborhood for more like a decade or so), Christmas has been taking all the absolute reigns of the mid-year holiday season. You hear stories about people taking their trees out and putting all the lights and decorations early on October – the spirit of that particular holiday can be felt and it translates into other formats as movies and music.
Yes, around November and definitely on December – it has become a MUST for artists to put together a Christmas or Holiday-themed record out. Some hit the mark with their own original songs to the point of, in a few rare occasions, becoming a staple of the season (say whatever you want about Mariah Carey, but y’all can’t stop singing “All I Want For Christmas Is You”), while others find success by doing their own rendition of classics.
But there are a few rare occasions where some of the major names in music find their way to break the charts and bring a few new and different sounds and feels, especially for those who are tired of listening about Santa Claus or Rudolph.
Mama Mia! Mama Mia!
In the same vein as The Beatles and as proven by their new biopic and, well, history too – Queen was a Hit Machine. From Rock to, man, even Country-ish, the English rock band turned down the music industry upside down in a time where that seems to be norm, they brought their own signature both musically and vocally, something that many have tried to mimic with none success.
However, from their entire catalogue, there’s one song that stands out from the rest. A rock opera by the name of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” an insane yet stunningly plethora of genres that collide altogether to create a masterpiece. The song broke the charts (twice!) and has become a part of music and cultural memory.
So wait, was this released on December? You may ask… actually, it was October but the track was SO MASSIVE that it still was the biggest hit on the both holiday and month season of 1975.
Other bands that have found their way to do pretty much the same have been The Beatles on 1963 with “I Want To Hold Your Hand” to the Spice Girls three times on 96, 97 and 98 with “2 Become 1,” “Too Much” and “Goodbye.”
Another thing is, while the songs have the respective holiday in their title – not all of them actually deal with its mythology. In fact, most of them (33 percent to be more specific) are about falling or finding love in comparison to the 18 percent that are about Christmas; and for those accidental or intentional grinches out there, y’all have your 9% share as well.