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The best and worst celebrity versions of holiday songs

Alison Albelda, Reporter

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Decorations have been out at Target for weeks and the lights are finally on some of the campus trees — which means it’s time to break out the holiday tunes. The Daily compiled the best celebrity renditions of holiday songs to include on your playlist, and the ones that will make you want to change the radio station.

Holiday Cheers:

We all know Beyoncé is a queen, and her reign continues with her cover of “Ave Maria.”

A Christmas classic, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” has us asking Santa for pipes like hers.

Happy holidays from Yeezus. Missing the old Kanye? His “Christmas in Harlem” is sure to make you nostalgic for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”

Ariana Grande’s “Santa Tell Me” provides the perfect anthem to break it down while baking holiday cookies.

Adam Sandler’s “The Chanukah Song” has four parts, each one more funakah than the next. You’ll be bumping this jam for eight crazy nights.

Winter is incomplete without a “Frozen” song, and “Let It Go” is the perfect ballad to belt to your parents after receiving final grades. The curve never bothered me anyway.

Holiday Jeers:

Her hips don’t lie and neither do we when we say Shakira should stick to her own songs — just check out her cover of “Santa Baby.”

All we want for Christmas is for this Shania Twain and Nick Jonas collaboration, “Say All You Want for Christmas,” not to exist. Bring back the Jonas Brothers and “Year 3000.”

As cool as Lady Gaga would look as a tree topper, her song “Christmas Tree” misses the mark. Too much innuendo on this holiday tune.

Britney Spears’ “My Only Wish (This Year)” sure is toxic.

Jessica Simpson’s rendition of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” paints a picture of a smooch not even worth mono study money.

Jewish a cappella group The Maccabeats sing a terrible “Latke Recipe” to the tune of “Shut Up and Dance.” Who uses baking powder in latkes anyway?

Email: alisonalbelda2021@u.northwestern.edu

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