80s Song of the Day: Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC

Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC was released November 25, 1987, with Peter Piper as the B side. It was originally released as a single from the Christmas compilation album A Very Special Christmas, which included artists such as Madonna, Pretenders, U2, Sting, and Whitney Houston. Proceeds from the sales of the album were donated to the Special Olympics. Christmas in Hollis was the only original composition on the album.

christmas-in-hollis-variantChristmas in Hollis, which refers to the Hollis, Queens neighborhood where Run-DMC grew up, samples Back Door Santa, a 1968 release by Clarence Carter, as well as holiday classics Frosty the Snowman, Joy to the World, and Jingle Bells.

The song didn’t chart upon its original release. In 2000, it reached No. 78 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

80s Song of the Day: Walk This Way by Run DMC

It wasn’t me she was foolin
Cause she knew what was she was doin
when she told me how to walk this way

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Walk This Way by Run DMC was released on July 4, 1986, with King of Rock as the B side. It was a single from the hip hop group’s album Raising Hell. The song was a cover of an Aerosmith song originally released in 1975 and featured Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on guest vocals and guitar, respectively. Continue reading