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My Favorite Rockin' Christmas Songs

Updated on December 11, 2017


It's the holiday season again, but I can't stand all the traditional Christmas blather we usually are forced to listen to at this time of year. (If I hear Brenda Lee one more time, I'm gonna open a vein.) So for all of us who like our yuletide music rocking, and with a sense of humor, I humbly present my favorite rocking (and otherwise) Christmas ditties, may Santa have mercy on me,...



"Blue Christmas" by Elvis Presley. Others have done it, just not as well as the King.


"Please Come Home for Christmas" by the Eagles. This is a timeless holiday classic. I've heard the jon Bon Jovi version, but the Eagles version adds a bluesy vibe to it, and it came out first.


"A Christmas Song" by Jethro Tull. This wonderful song is a forgotten gem from the "Living in the Past" album. It talks about keeping the holiday in perspective, remembering those who don't have as much as you do, and ends with Ian Anderson's request, "Hey, Santa! Pass us that bottle willya?"



"I Am Santa Claus" by Bob Rivers. I knew Bob as the 98 Rock DJ who stayed on the air during the Baltimore Orioles horrific 0-21 start to the 1988 season. His refusal to come off the air got hi national attention, and he parlayed that into a better job in Seattle. While in Baltimore, he recorded song parodies called "Twisted Tunes", and this song fits the bill. Done to the tune of Black Sabbath's "Iron Man", this song totally kicks ass.



"The Night Before Christmas" by the Drive. This thing came out in 1980, I believe, and is the traditional poem sung to the beat of AC/DC's "Touch Too Much" by the local group, the Drive. This used to be a Baltimore Christmas tradition, played on 98 Rock every holiday season. Don't know if they still do it, but they should! It rocks!



"Happy Christmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. This is a bittersweet song, lamenting how the true meaning of the holiday has been forgotten. It was written during the Vietnam War, and the poignancy showed by the lyrics reflect the turbulent times of the day. Also, Yoko actually sang very well on this tune.


"Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You" by Billy Squier. I never could remember the title of this song till a friend googled it for me. I love the song, and the video. Back when MTV played music instead of non-stop reality programs, this got a lot of airplay every Christmas season.



"Merry Christmas Baby" by Bruce Springsteen. I am NOT a Bruuuuuce fan, but this song rocks. He can do Christmas songs as well as anyone.


"Christmas With the Devil" by Spinal Tap. I wish someone would upload the debut performance of this song in 1983, I believe, on an episode of Saturday Night Live. This is Spinal Tap had just come out, and the Tap discussed how Christmas was a pagan ritual, and should be celebrated as such. With tongue firmly planted in cheek, here's a pagan version of the holiday.



"Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" by Elmo and Patsy. Oh, come on. You love it!



"Merry Christmas Everybody"by Slade. Christmas glam-style with platform shoes, clothes even David Bowie wouldn't wear, and Noddy Holder's animated face. A great song from one of my favorite bands ever.



"Run Run Rudolph" by Chuck Berry. There's been a lot of versions of this song, but this is the best, by one of the legends in the history of music. Love Chuck's guitar solo in the middle of the song.





"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" by Bruce Springsteen. This is part of the Christmas tradition, hearing this on the air every December. A great version of the holiday classic,



"Crabs for Christmas" by David DeBoy. A Baltimore radio classic, used to be played every Christmas. Don't know if they still do it, but they should!



Okay, that's it. I hope you all enjoyed the list and in the words of Slade, Merry Christmas, Everybody!!!

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