“Welcome, Christmas, bring your cheer. Cheer to all Whos far and near. Christmas Day is in our grasp, so long as we have hands to clasp.”
-Narrator, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (1966)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a holiday story originally written by Dr. Seuss in 1957. The story follows the meanness of the Grinch and his distaste for the Christmas holiday as tries to steal Christmas but later realizes that Christmas isn’t about the tangible. This is a feel-good story that criticizes the commercialization of Christmas and the prevalence of human cheer. It’s a cute holiday favourite.
There were quite a few adaptations of this story including a video game but the most well-known ones are the 1966 TV short and the 2000 film. Most of us have watched these movies about an Ebenezer Scrooge character trying to steal Christmas away from a bunch of happy Who’s. As we’re nearing Christmas, sharing Christmas cheer with a Christmas classic would provide some Christmas cover fun. Here’s the soundtrack for the 2000 and 1966 versions if you’re feeling nostalgic.
The film (2000) and the TV short (1966) adaptations had one song in common “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”. The lyrics were written by Dr. Seuss and then sung by Thurl Ravenscroft (1966) and Jim Carrey (2000).
Here is a handful of phenomenal covers, for your audio pleasure. These range from classical, to punk, to jazz, to instrumental. Enjoy.
Jordan Smith provides a fantastic cover with amazing vocals. Accompanied by a large orchestra, the song sounds amazing. Together it’s a powerful song.
Famous for a century does a hard punk cover. The vocals are deep and smooth. Combined with the hard rock instrumentals, it’s a captivating cover or “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”.
The Moonshiners covered “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with an awesome jazzy feel. Her vocals are phenomenal with good control over range and pitch. It’s a cover you can definitely dance to.
Alex Heflin provides an acoustic cover that sounds beautiful. He combines several instruments to create a mesmerizing cover perfect for the holidays.
Small Town Titans give a mind-blowing cover of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”. They describe it as a “dark, bluesy, sinister version.” And they’re right. The hard rock instrumental and the deep vocals give an amazing new sound to the song.
“I’m glad he took our presents. You can’t hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor, because it isn’t about the… the gifts or the contest or the fancy lights. That’s what Cindy’s been trying to tell everyone… and me. I don’t need anything more for Christmas than this right here: my family.”
-Cindy Lou Who, How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000