There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who love riffs, and the ones who think they’re extraneous and diva-like. Personally, I say the more riffs the merrier, which is why I’m basically obsessed with JoJo’s melisma-ridden take on the holiday classic “The Christmas Song.” (You guys might not know the “The Christmas Song” by name, but it’s that song about roasting chestnuts on the open fire and stuff/Justin Bieber and Usher covered it, too).
Originally performed by Nat King Cole, as the piano melody lilts in, the “Disaster” singer confidently infuses the American standard with tinges of pop and R&B: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire/Jack Frost nipping at your nose/Yuletide carols being sung by a choir/And folks dressed up like Eskimos.” Sure, JoJo may do a run on every other word, but she nails every note and still manages to preserve the song’s original integrity.
JoJo explained the motive behind her Christmas tune when the song premiered exclusively on That Grape Juice: “I have a festive little treat for you premiering right here,” said JoJo. “I wanted to give this to you guys because I’m so thankful for your support and just a little holiday treat that I cooked up.” No need to thank us, gurl! You deserve it. In fact, let us thank you, JoJo, for your crazy-dope set of pipes. #JoJoForChristmas
+ Listen to JoJo’s “The Christmas Song.”