Once you’ve opened up the presents, and maybe eaten a little too much, then what? If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out our Christmas-themed music and videos, and let us help you settle in for the day.
Holiday music and Christmas are indelibly linked. It is an indispensable part of pop music.
Here at Rock My World, we’ve chosen some of our favorites. We narrowed down a huge list to our top 10. These are in no particular order and of course the list is admittedly a subjective one. But hey, enjoy comparing our list with your own.
Go ahead, grab your drink of choice, put on your best Christmas sweater, and snuggle up with your loved ones with these choice tunes:
Santa Claus Is Coming to Town – The Jackson 5
Written by: J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie. “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is one of the most played songs over the Christmas period. This timeless classic could have been Bruce Springsteen’s version, but we just love the nostalgia the Jackson 5 bring to the song. Don’t forget, “He [Santa] knows if you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake”.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
“Let It Snow” was written by: Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne. After Vaughn Monroe took it to number one in 1945, the song became a hallmark classic for the Rat Pack alumni with Dean Martin crooning the song all the way to the bank. Here’s something you may not know: while “Let It Snow” certainly brings home the festive spirit, there is actually no mention of Christmas at any point during the song.
Lonely This Christmas – Mud
This sounds like it would be the greatest Elvis Presley Christmas song he ever recorded, only he didn’t, Mud did. Written by Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman, “Lonely This Christmas” sold over three quarters of a million copies to top the charts in 1974. A true 70s classic.
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday -Wizzard
Written by Wizzard singer Roy Wood, “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” was a smash in the UK in 1973.Looking like a psychedelic Santa Claus, Roy Wood and his band gave Christmas a multi-coloured twist. They may not have hits anymore, but come Christmas time, Roy Wood and Wizzard are back in business.
Little Drummer Boy – David Bowie and Bing Crosby
Written by: Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati, and Harry Simeone. The first version of this song was recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale in 1958. For most people though, the David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy” is the version that comes to mind. Yes, it was an unusual pairing, but it worked a treat and is now a Christmas classic.
Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
It was a Glam Slam Dunk in 1973, and easily, glam rock’s finest festive hour. Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” screams parrrty! When the track was originally released in 1973, it stayed on the UK singles chart well into February 1974. Written by: Noddy Holder, Jim Lea, this is a track played at just about every radio station, office party and get together in the UK.
I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake
As the singer and bass player of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake wrote “I Believe In Father Christmas” as a protest against the commercialisation of Christmas. Written by: Greg Lake and Peter Sinfield, whatever the reason was behind the writing of the song, its Christmas bells and melody make it a Christmas staple.
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole
Written by: Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. The “most-performed Christmas song of all time”was apparently written on a blistering hot summer day in LA as an effort to “stay cool by thinking cool.” Released in 1946 by The King Cole Trio, the song has gone on to be covered by just about everyone including Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Christina Aguilera and ‘N Sync to name but a few.
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Written by: John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The lyrics were based on John and Yoko’s 1969 billboard campaign which displayed the words “WAR IS OVER! (If You Want It).” It’s perhaps not too surprising that the original release of the song failed to chart in the U.S. due to the sentiment of the Vietnam war. Contrary to popular belief, the song’s whispered beginning is actually a greeting to the couple’s children – Yoko says “Happy Christmas, Kyoko” and John says “Happy Christmas, Julian” – and not “Happy Christmas, Yoko. Happy Christmas, John” (as it was incorrectly included in the lyric sheet from 1982’s The John Lennon Collection!).
Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues
Set in the heart of New York City, this song is for the lonely few sitting alone staring into the bottom of a glass, reminiscing about lost love and opportunities past. With the late Kirsty MacColl sharing vocal duties with Pogues singer Shane Macgowan, this timeless classic has stirred sing-alongs and drinking sessions in bars throughout the globe. Written by: Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, we’ll round off our collection with this Christmas cracker.