Christmas in Hollis (Run DMC)
This rap classic was written by Run DMC members Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels and Jason Mizelle – also known as Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay. It appeared on two 1987 albums – Christmas Rap and A Very Special Christmas. The latter was the first of the compilation albums put out to benefit the Special Olympics and this song was released as a single from it – reaching #78 on the R&B charts and #56 in the UK. Like many Christmas songs, however, it has grown in popularity in the years since its debut, no doubt assisted by being included in the first Die Hard film in 1988 in a very memorable scene at the start of the movie.
Fun fact: “This IS Christmas music”. Never has a truer line been spoken in the cinema.
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.