This was the #1 Christmas Album in 1989. Everyone likes to make fun of them now but admit it when you were young they were awesome. I’m not ashamed to admit that Joey was my favorite, I even still have old VHS tapes of my brother dancing around to “Hangin’ Tough.” (Blackmail material) The Christmas album was their 3rd and if you are taking their popularity for granted consider the fact that this went double platinum and spawned a top 10 hit with the song “This One’s for the Children.” Love them or hate them now, this album is full of nostalgic hysteria and worth a listen if only to look back and make fun of your self. Admit it you totally owned those NKOTB sheet sets.
I can’t even pick out favorites on this one every song is a trip down memory lane for me. I would say that once again the original content songs are far more interesting than the covers. If you have any street cred you’ll need to own “Funky Funky Christmas” it is by far the cheesiest white boy Christmas rap ever (maybe the only one???)
“We gonna kick the ballistics of our Christmas wishes”
Full track listing:
1. This One’s for the Children
2. Last Night I Saw Santa Claus
3. I’ll Be Missin You Come Christmas (A Letter to Santa) As far as I could tell “missin” was misspelled on purpose? Also with “Hangin” I’m guessing they had a problem with words ending in “ING”
4. I Still Believe In Santa Claus
5.Merry, Merry Christmas
6. The Christmas Song
7. Funky, Funky Xmas- Notice we’ve now transitioned into the way cooler looking “Xmas”
8. White Christmas
9. The Little Drummer Boy
10. This One’s for The Children (reprise)
*While pulling up that Amazon link, I happened to notice that there are copies of the original CD available for 45.00. Is there someone willing to pay that? I can’t imagine even collectors caring that much. Have I gone crazy or have the 80′s actually taken over to the point where it is cool to like NKOTB again? Am I overeacting? Probably.