My favorite reindeer songs
I have 15 songs about Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer. Arranged alphabetically by artist, these are my top six.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The ChipmunksFound on Christmas with the Chipmunks. Stuffy-nosed Rudy really shines with this melancholy tale
of bigotry and brown-nosing.
Boot-Off (AKA Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer), Bootsy CollinsFound on Christmas is 4 Ever. A few words used to describe other songs on this list: melancholy, understated, jaunty, airy. None of these apply to this song. This is crank the volume, percussive funk. This song crushes all other versions: If you fake the funk your nose will grow.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jackson FiveFound on the Jackson Five Christmas Album. A master class of understated efficiency. A light and
airy arrangement while just soulful enough. Michael takes a back seat on this one.
Rudolph the Manic Reindeer, Los LobosFound on VH1: The Big 80's Christmas. A jaunty instrumental featuring accordian and soprano sax
morphing into Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression at the end.