Well Decembers here so that means Halloween and Thanksgiving are over and now it’s time for Christmas. And nothing brings back warm memories of the holidays like Christmas music. It fills your heart with joy to snuggle next to a fire with a cup of hot coco and listen to some yuletide rock. Every year a friend of mine makes a holiday mix cd and hands out copies as gifts to friends It’s like, ‘here’s a copy of my favorite Christmas crap,’ Thanks! So this year I made my own list of holiday jingles and have decided to pass the gift along with you, enjoy. You’re welcome!
The Top Ten Christmas Songs
by The Rev James Jones
No.10 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
“Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town”
Captured live , Springsteen sets the scene on his beloved Jersey Shore: “It’s all cold down along the beach, the winds whipping down the Boardwalk.” Then, he does some interacting with his band mates, checking with Clarence to see if he’s been rehearsing real hard so Santa will bring him a saxophone. And only then does Springsteen sing.
No.9 The Ramones
“Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)”
A punk-rock yuletide classic, complete with an opening riff that sounds more like the Sex Pistols channeling Eddie Cochran than the more typical buzzsaw approach the Ramones seemed to favor. It’s Christmas in Queens and poor Joey Ramone is just trying to find himself a little peace on earth. He can’t find Santa, can’t find Rudolph, can’t find Blitzen and his girl can’t find it in her heart to set aside their differences, despite his pleas of “Christmas ain’t the time for breaking’ each other’s hearts.” Phil Spector would have killed to have this for his girls back in the ’60s. Well, not literally killed.
No.8 Trans-Siberian Orchestra
“Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24”
The Trans-Siberian Orchestra 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.
No.7 Rob Halford
“O Holy Night”
O Holy Halford, the Judas Priest frontman brings studs and leather to the holidays as he offers a new version of the old classic ‘O Holy Night.’ Rob Halford’s soaring vocals along with a serious guitar solo is enough to put any metal head in the mood for some present wrapping, tree lighting and egg nog drinking this holiday.
No.6 The Smashing Pumpkins
Christmas bring out the softer side in many of us, including the Smashing Pumpkins, who show off their delicate side with this violin and piano driven track ‘Christmastime.’ Billy Corgan’s soft, nasally vocals along with bells and a xylophone create a lullaby feel to the song which is enough to pull on the heart-strings of even the hardest rocker.
No.5 Twisted Sister
“Deck the Halls”
No one quite celebrates the holidays like Twisted Sister. They have made bringing the Christmas spirit a major priority with their annual Christmas Extravaganza tour, where they play a combination of Twisted Sister classics and rocking renditions of Christmas carols off of their celebrated album ‘A Twisted Christmas.’ Leave it up to Dee Snider to make things a little twisted.
No.4 Linkin Park
We slow things down with Linkin Park’s original song ‘My December.’ Frontman Chester Bennington’s tender vocals are beautiful to listen to. The song is a relaxing one to listen to by the fire or after you’ve worn yourself out from moshing with your cousin to ‘White Christmas’ by Guns N’ Roses. Either way, it’s a lovely winter lullaby to unwind to.
No.3 Lemmy Kilmister
“Run Rudolph Run”
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister shows his holiday spirit with ‘Run Rundolph Run,’ which was originally popularized by another rebel — Chuck Berry. The 1950s rock ‘n’ roll sound is heard throughout but definitely amped up with heavier riffs and Lemmy’s gritty vocals. Did we mention the song also features Dave Grohl and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons? Enough said, Happy Holidays, metal heads!
“Thank God It’s Christmas”
Brian May and Roger Taylor give their version of thanks in this Christmas classic to remember. God save the Queen and thanks for Christmas.
“Mistress For Christmas”
Of course the band that was on the highway to hell had to bring sex into Christmas or the universe just wouldn’t be right. Look, it’s not like Ozzy wouldn’t do it, Brian Johnson just beat him to the punch.
A Holiday Bonus
Kathie Lee “it’s Christmas Time”
About what you’d expect from morning TV’s sparkly hostess, right down to the guest appearance of former co-host Regis Philbin on “Silver Bells” Hey, it’s Christmas time you haters, Leave Kathy Lee Alone!
Have a very merry Christmas and remember, if you find Kathy Lee under your tree on Christmas morning, someone really loves you. I mean, this cd is hard to find and they had to have gone to a lot of trouble to get it for you. So smile and give grandma a big hug for the gift, then go get a copy of AC/DC and everything will be o.k.. Jingle ling.