I feel like it’s only fair to disclose that Sir Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” is my second-least favorite Christmas song of all time (next to Wham!’s “Last Christmas”).
However, on last episode of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots managed to wrangle the vocal talents of Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, Tori Kelley, Seth McFarlane and even Paul McCartney for an a capella rendition of “Wonderful Christmastime” that is actually — dare I say it — kind of charming?
To be clear, the stars made an appearance to promote their upcoming animated film, Sing!, and they definitely took turns transforming into their computer-generated animal counterparts throughout the singalong — but even with the blatant marketing, the actual song is still pretty nice. In fact, I would say it easily trumps the original version (sorry, Paul).
Let’s also take a moment to appreciate Matthew McConaughey for consistently pretending to orchestrate everyone with his hand. As usual, Matthew, I don’t understand what you’re doing, but I find it strangely amusing. (Also, major props to The Roots, who are actually singing the most difficult and least gratifying parts of this entire song.)
Now, let’s all just sit back and appreciate a version of this nauseating Christmas song that’s actually palatable!