While my ability to enjoy Christmas music has its limits, this is one song I could enjoy pretty much all year round.
Even if this wasn’t already a favorite carol, I’d like this plucky, jazzed up version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (morphing into “We Three Kings” in the second half). With Sarah McLachlan contributing her heavenly voice, the Barenaked Ladies turn this into a jolly romp while managing to retain the reverence of the original tunes. While I’m a much more secular celebrant, I understand the deep religious meaning of the holiday for many. And I think this song manages to cover all the bases, appealing to all varieties of Christmas listener.
But mostly I like it because I think it’s cool.