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Your hosts Ian & RJ review and rank every Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, holiday, et cetera song.

All of 'em. Even the bad ones. Especially the bad ones.

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    • 4.6 • 20 Ratings

Your hosts Ian & RJ review and rank every Christmas, Hanukkah, winter, holiday, et cetera song.

All of 'em. Even the bad ones. Especially the bad ones.

    Episode 276: Two Princes

    Episode 276: Two Princes

    It's Epiphany, aka Three Kings Day - but instead of three kings, we've got two princes! That's right, we're abandoning our format to talk about the Spin Doctors' 90s hit!
    No, just kidding, we're talking about Prince. Join us as we reflect on the apocalyptic New Year's anthem "1999" and the strange, gloomy "Another Lonely Christmas".

    This week's ranking music is, in fact, "Two Princes" by the Spin Doctors.

    • 51 min
    Episode 275: Say It Isn't So

    Episode 275: Say It Isn't So

    Our final episode of 2020 marks another 25 episodes of HARK and another 50 songs on our list, so as per tradition, we're aiming to unseat the songs at the top and the bottom. For Ian's best-of-the-best pick, he selects a song that leans into the philosophical questions Christmastime poses and also our early-00s-indie-b******t wheelhouse. For RJ's bottom-of-the-list pick, they select a scalding hot take on a classic Christmas character that physically hurts.
    The ranking music is "Grinch 2000" by Busta Rhymes and Jim Carrey.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Episode 274.5: Christmas Swapping

    Episode 274.5: Christmas Swapping

    Ian and RJ are forgoing the usual episode structure this week to instead deal with an appeal! Er, of sorts - using a testing method devised by Ian, our co-hosts finally decide whether or not they will act on their long-standing threat to switch the places of two songs on the list: "Ipod Xmas" by Hello Saferide and "Christmas Wrapping" by The Waitresses.

    • 53 min
    Episode 274: Dragon Mysteries

    Episode 274: Dragon Mysteries

    It's beginning to look a lot like Dragon Tuesday. And to celebrate, we listen to two draconic Christmas songs! First is "Darcy the Dragon" by Roger Whittaker, which leaves some questions unanswered regarding both Darcy himself and the events of his Christmas errands. Then "Fly On Christmas Dragon" by Robby Grant splits open our brains - not because its lyrics pose any deep or complex quandaries, but for reasons we can't quite put our fingers on.
    The ranking music this week is the Peace Keepers homeworld theme from Spyro the Dragon.

    • 50 min
    Episode 273: All the Lights, Some of the Laughs

    Episode 273: All the Lights, Some of the Laughs

    As Diwali approaches, we listen two winter holiday songs by Desi artists. Our first song, "All of the Lights" by Vivek Shraya, is a blend of elements lovingly arranged into a beautiful whole. Then we say as much as we can say about "Desi Jingle Bells" by Lilly Singh.
    Shraya's essay about her Diwali/Christmas EP All of the Lights can be found here!

    The ranking music in this episode is "New Jingle Horse" by Geeta Brothers Duet Group.

    • 49 min
    Episode 272: Sandy Claws Conquers the Fishmen

    Episode 272: Sandy Claws Conquers the Fishmen

    It's time for our annual Halloween-Christmas crossover episode, in which we listen to two spooooky winter holiday songs! This year, in recognition of the 5 anniversary of our first Halloween episode, we're revisiting the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society's musical offerings with "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Fishmen," and then dipping into the Nightmare Before Christmas well again with "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" as performed by Korn.

    This week's ranking music is "It's Halloween (A Christmas Song)" by Randy Brooks!

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

WeirdChristmas ,

Great choices and great hosts

These folks have found some great new songs, and their knowledge of so much of the genre is just wonderful. I'm so glad they do it all year round.

XPogue68 ,

Listen to this podcast.

Love this PODCAST!

The hosts are a couple whose goal is to listen to, review, and rank EVERY holiday-themed song ever recorded. That is a nearly impossible task; however, they have completed nearly 250 episodes and ranked nearly 500 songs. While I do not always agree with the rankings, I always enjoy the discussion of the songs and the interplay between the hosts, RJ and Ian.

The commentary is humorous, loving, intellectual, liberal, leftist, class conscious, socially responsible, etc Like me, RJ and Ian have an avowed love of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Thanks to RJ's repeated references, I am now hooked on egg nog lattes. I hope that you will check them out. Nick

Akumu813 ,

I really want to like this podcast

I love Christmas music. Listen to it year round. When I heard the conceit of the podcast I was hooked. I saw the list as it currently stands, realized that shared taste was enough that I wouldn’t be constantly annoyed by where they place my favorite songs, and dived in.

I just finished episode 30. Rather, I should say, I skipped the seconded half of the excessively long episode 30.

For the most part I enjoy the show a lot. But they will often times get fixated on the weirdest things to be annoyed about.

What really grated me and prompted me to write this review was the discussion around the terrible Christmas in the Sand song. Which, as stated, is terrible. But the discussion for that song was so dragged out and just not fun to listen to. RJ was really hung up in particular about the song not rhyming. SONGS DON’T HAVE TO RHYME!! It’s okay for them not to. But even still, that song did rhyme. Slant rhymes count. Rhymes based on assonance count!

There’s been a few examples of this, but as Indo like the show I’m not going to just focus on what bugs me.

The rapport between the two is great, as expected. The discussions of each song are generally just right, and overall I would recommend the show.

I’ll be updating my score and review as I listen to more.

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