2. Elmo and Patsy, "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"
We're pretty sure this one is on the Grinch's iPod playlist. Recorded in 1979 by a Bay Area veterinarian named Elmo Shropshire and his first wife, Patsy, "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" was a regional hit until the early Eighties, when the song's music video — which Shropshire financed himself — became a hit on MTV. One year later, he signed a distribution deal with Epic Records, a move that helped "Grandma Got Over By a Reindeer" outsell Michael Jackson's Thriller during the 1984 holiday season. Oh, the humanity.