Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you the coolest songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the lyrics or title. With Christmas only four days away, we bring you one of YouTube’s most popular Christmas song videos of all time — Straight No Chasers’ witty and masterfully arranged rendition of “The 12 Days of Christmas.” To date, the original version of SNC’s “12 Days” has been viewed 15.6 million times.
As everyone knows, the jewelry reference in this holiday favorite comes on the fifth day of Christmas when “my true love gave to me, five golden rings.”
Originated on the campus of Indiana University in 1996 as a men’s a cappella group, Straight No Chaser is truly a grassroots, internet-inspired phenomenon. The 10-man group owes its worldwide fame to a video of its 1998 performance that was first posted to YouTube eight years later. That video went viral and caught the attention of Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman, who signed the group to a five-album deal in 2008.
Straight No Chaser is currently touring the Northeast, with appearances in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
SNC’s “12 Days” performance includes clever touches, such as the sampling of other songs, such as “I Have a Little Dreidel” and Toto’s “Africa.” The three-minute video is guaranteed to brighten your holidays and bring a smile to your face. Enjoy!
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