The Top 10 Rock And Roll Christmas Songs

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cartoon chuck with santa hat 385x270 The Top 10 Rock And Roll Christmas SongsLet me start by saying this isn’t my list.  This one was compiled by writer Jennifer Budd who defends her choices most of which I totally disagree with.  I’ll share my list tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s starting point for what could be a great conversation starter.  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] isn’t on her list but [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Kinks[/lastfm] are.    [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Elton John[/lastfm] isn’t on her list but [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chuck Berry[/lastfm] is.    

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #10 – [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jon Anderson[/lastfm] 3 Ships

This is the title track from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yes[/lastfm] front man [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jon Anderson[/lastfm]‘s 1986 Christmas album3 Ships. Anderson’s pitch perfect angelic voice seems almost tailor made for this traditional English Christmas song.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #9 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] Little Saint Nick

[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] had some of the best harmonies of any rock and roll band in history. Little Saint Nick, penned by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Mike Love[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Brian Wilson[/lastfm], has a melody similar to Little Deuce Coupe and makes for a run rock and roll Christmas song.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #8 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Waitresses[/lastfm] Christmas Wrapping

This one hit wonder of the1980’s will always be remembered during the holiday season with one of the catchiest and lyrically cleverest rock and roll Christmas songs ever.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #7 -Bruce Springsteen-Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Bruce Springsteen turns a children’s holiday song into a rock and roll Christmas standard. Enough said!
Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #6 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chuck Berry[/lastfm]-Run Rudolph Run

Run Rudolph Run has been re-recorded by countless rock and roll stars over the years, but it’s the 1958 [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chuck Berry[/lastfm] version that dominates the airwaves in December, especially on oldies stations.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #5 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Trans-Siberian Orchestra[/lastfm] Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24

The [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Trans-Siberian Orchestra[/lastfm] recorded this song in honor of cello player who insisted on playing amidst the rubble in war torn Bosnia as a sign of hope. It’s actually a combination of two songs: God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen and Carol of the Bells. It’s powerful, it’s beautiful, and it rocks.
Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #4 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Band Aid[/lastfm] Do They Know It’s Christmas?

If this song doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, you’re more heartless than Scrooge himself. This [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Bob Geldof [/lastfm]tune sung by a choir of 80’s music icons like Bono, Boy George, and Paul Young hits home the true meaning of Christmas-peace on Earth and goodwill toward men.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #3- [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Greg Lake[/lastfm] I Believe in Father Christmas

Progressive rocker [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Greg Lake[/lastfm] went solo from [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Emerson, Lake, and Palmer[/lastfm] to record this song back in 1975. You won’t hear wailing guitars, but you will hear Lake’s voice blend perfectly with Christmas chimes as he laments the commercialism of Christmas.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #2 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Kinks[/lastfm] Father Christmas

The genius of [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Ray Davies[/lastfm]‘ lyrics meets a great guitar riff. While you may wince at the idea of a song where group of kids mug a Santa Claus outside a department store, listen to these kids as they explain their poverty and why they need cash and not toys.

Top Ten Rock and Roll Christmas Songs #1 -[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yoko Ono[/lastfm] Happy Xmas/War Is Over

Without a doubt, this is the greatest rock and roll Christmas song ever.  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]John Lennon[/lastfm] and his wife [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Yoko Ono[/lastfm] remind people that the idea of world peace and an end to war is a Christmas message.

That’s her list – now send me yours.

 

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