The Playlist: 10 Songs for Bell Ringing
Ring in the end of the year with some bells! Let these 10 ring-ting-tingling tunes inspire you to get your jingle on.
For Sleigh Bells
“Rill Rill” by Sleigh Bells (Click here to listen)
It may not be traditional reindeer fare, but this shimmery confection from the Brooklyn noise-pop duo adds heat to any seasonal gathering. If you’re looking for Santa’s-sleigh verisimilitude, take comfort in the fact the original song title was “Ring Ring.”
For Belle River
“The Bootleg Saint” by Sam Roberts (Click Here to Listen)
Way back when, the town of Belle River, Ontario, was a nexus for bootleggers hoping to smuggle booze into the United States. In Roberts’s ode, a shifty character who “walks the line / Between an everyman hero and a waste of time,” would have fit in well with those Prohibition-era characters.
For Southern Belles
“I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross (Click Here to Listen)
Is it strange to associate a song closely tied to glammed-up disco culture with the quaint custom of cotillions? The fact remains that the sentiment behind the song-a confident announcement to the world that you’ve come into your own-is something any good deb should hear.
For Bell Curves
“Closer to Fine” by Indigo Girls (Click Here to Listen)
Regardless of the occasion, the venerated folk duo’s signature tune is always worth a listen. Though Emily Saliers never specifies whether the “doctor of philosophy” she visited graded her performance on a curve, “closer to fine” feels like a passing grade to us.
For Bonne Bells
“Lip Gloss” by Lil Mama (Click Here to Listen)
If you came of age in the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, you’re likely familiar with Bonne Bell Lip Smackers, those drugstore essentials that came in flavours like Dr. Pepper and bubble gum. Lil Mama’s 21st-century homage to this cosmetic subclass is entirely appropriate.
“Cheese” by The Moldy Peaches (Click Here to Listen)
Few processed snacks are as self-contained as Babybels, those little wheels whose red wax coating can be peeled back to expose a dairy-rific centre. The gist of this novelty ditty by jangly duo The Moldy Peaches is fairly straightforward: “Where the cheese be? / Where be my cheese? / Inside, inside, inside, inside, inside, inside, inside, inside.” If the dairy product fits…
For Belles de Jour
“Double Feature” by Camera Obscura (Click Here to Listen)
The inimitable Catherine Deneuve starred as the beautiful, bored housewife gone rogue in Luis Buñuel’s 1967 drama Belle de Jour. One imagines the flick was one of the two Traceyanne Campbell alludes to in this dreamy reverie by her group Camera Obscura: “We’ll see a Catherine Deneuve double feature / And our lives will fade as in darkness we will bathe.”