Sunday, December 11, 2016
A good time to be both restive and festive.
Although I'm Jewish and not inherently a lover of the entire canon Christmas carols, I appreciate the best of the bunch--and particularly holiday music in a rock vein.
Many of my selections below were originally released on the excellent A Very Special Christmas compilations over the years, which benefit the Special Olympics.
And I've included several on my Santa Rocks CD, which I distributed to friends in years past.
But it's been awhile, so here are--first as a list, then a playable Spotify interface:
My Favorite Rock Xmas Tunes:
1. "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" - Bruce Springsteen
2. "Father Christmas" - The Kinks
3. "Blue Christmas" - Elvis Presley
4. "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)" - The Ramones
5. "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2 (originally by Darlene Love)
6. "Fairytale of New York" - The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl
7. "Run Rudolph Run" - Chuck Berry
8. "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" - John Lennon
9. "Do They Know It's Christmas" - BandAid
10. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - John Mellencamp
11. "Christmastime" - Smashing Pumpkins
Plus A Few More
"Christmas" - Blues Traveler
"Christmas Time is Here Again" - The Beatles (not on Spotify, but found here)
"Christmas All Over Again" - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" - The Smithereens
"Mistress for Christmas" - AC/DC
"Step Into Christmas" - Elton John