LISTEN: Top 10 Christmas songs by LGBT artists

Yes, Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole will likely make appearances today singing their famous Christmas tunes, but queer artists have their signature contributions as well. I mean, Fred Schneider’s ridiculous humor may not compare with traditional carols, but he proves we need a little disco year round. And Pink Martini can croon just like the best of them.

Here’s a rundown of my top queer Christmas tunes for the day to add your to mix. Bing and Nat won’t mind the company.

10.  The Superions — “Christmas Disco” This album is a pure exercise in the absurd, but Fred Schneider’s side project turns the reverent holiday into a flat out house party.

—  Rich Lopez

LISTEN: Diamond Rings’ cover of Teenage Fanclub’s ‘Mellow Doubt’

Pitchfork pointed me to this b-side track by Diamond Rings, who we profiled on his last visit to Dallas. The queer-centric singer covered Teenage Fanclub’s “Mellow Doubt” from their signature 1995 album Grand Prix. The original is already some good stuff, but dare I say Diamond Rings has improved upon the song? His pop perspective turned the somewhat somber song into a spirited tune.

The song is the b-side to his song “You and Me” (check out the video) and comes prior to his European release of Special Affections.

Give it a listen.

Diamond Rings – Mellow Doubt (Teenage Fanclub cover) by diamondringsmusic

—  Rich Lopez