"Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C. (VIDEO)

Watch the video for "Christmas in Hollis" by Run-D.M.C., No. 60 on our list of the 100 best NYC songs.

60. Run-D.M.C., "Christmas in Hollis" (1987)

This track epitomizes that elusive rarity: an NYC hip-hop classic that also functions as a mood-setter. Over a horn-heavy strut that Rick Rubin lifted from Clarence Carter's suggestive "Back Door Santa," the affable old-school heroes spin a Queens-set holiday yarn featuring a rich Santa Claus, an "ill reindeer" and a soul-food banquet. Local color is scarcer than you'd think, but Run-D.M.C.'s shout-out to the titular 'hood adds the perfect shot of giddy specificity.

Christmas In Hollis - A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1


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