I'm a little Grinchy when it comes to Christmas songs. I prefer originals to covers. And I prefer rock 'n roll Christmas songs to the classics. Although I do love me some "Little Drummer Boy". That song rocks.
A few years back I wrote a post that listed what I thought to be the Top 10 Rock 'n Roll Christmas songs of all time. If you missed you can read it at:
But time has passed, and I thought it would be a good time to list some of my other favorites. And I had to break the rule on some of these, a few of them being covers of classic Christmas songs. And some of them I can merely tolerate. I know, I'm a mean one Mr. Grinch. So with no further adieu here are my best of the rest rock 'n roll Christmas songs:
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love
This song has been covered over the years by numerous artists, including my favorite rendition by U2. But I'll always give props to the original of any tune. So Darlene Love and Phil Spector, good job.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
I'm not big on covers. And like I said above, I prefer originally penned rock 'n roll Christmas songs over the classics, but this one is an exception to the rule. I remember this song from when I was a kid and always liking the baritone coda from Clarence Clemons, "you better be good for goodness sakes".
Christmas Is The Time to Say I Love You - Billy Squire
This is a Christmas song I really like. I'm surprised I didn't include it in my original list of Christmas rock 'n roll songs. Billy Squire had a hot streak going in the early '80's including this song. Which was pretty much the last good song he wrote.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Cougar Mellencamp
Another cover here. This is one of those Christmas songs that I can tolerate. It's not bad, but it's not great. But then again, the GREAT original rock 'n roll Christmas songs are hard to come by.
Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight) by the Ramones
Kind of a weak attempt at a Christmas song, but it's the Ramones, so ya know. Plus, it's a little different take on a Christmas song. So I'll give them credit for that.
Superstar - From the movie "Jesus Christ, Superstar"
I know, I know. This is not really a Christmas song. But I've always liked this song. And it IS about Jesus Christ, so technically it IS a Christmas song.
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