Pulp gave the world the song "Bad Cover Version." But seeing as I'm a sonic optimist, I'm of the belief that there's more likely than not more good cover versions floating around than bad ones. Good Cover Version celebrates the good, and leaves all that bad and ugly stuff alone.
Y'all know what an apologetic fan of Wham!'s "Last Christmas" I am. I just happened to find this here version of the classic (yes, I said classic) as done by Future Islands. They've kept true to the 80s pop vibe (and those jingle bells), while throwing in some tech-y vocals and a strong bassline. It's hard to listen to any version of this song and not feel the holiday spirit.