11 Criminally Underrated Christmas Songs

The holiday season is in full swing and everywhere you go you’re admonished to roast chestnuts on an open fire, rock some jingle bells, admire the winter wonderland, and have yourself a merry little Christmas. As soon as Black Friday came around (and we’re being generous since the economic downturn dictated that this year the Christmas season needed to start immediately after Halloween) every store, public space, and street-corner Santa started blaring holiday music. What’s annoying about Christmas music is that playlists, from radio to retail, tend to be so tightly controlled that you only hear the same handful of classics over and over. As an alternative, we at Flavorpill would like to offer up some of the best overlooked Christmas songs.

Amos Milburn — “Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby”

You’ll hear a lot of classic Christmas tunes around the mall, but this blues jam is too chock full of double entendres to be safe for fun family holiday times. And that might be the problem with Christmas: too much of it is about families and not enough is about drinking and other adult situations. Houston bluesman Milburn puts some badly needed PG-13 into the holidays with this 1949 composition and offers a nice break from other Christmas titans of the era, like Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby.