June 13, 2024

Chuck Berry – “Run Rudolph Run

Recorded in 1958 Chuck Berry released this iconic song. Though it has been covered by numerous performers this is the definitive version. 

Beach Boys – “Little Saint Nick

The track, based on “Little Deuce Coupe” with different lyrics, actually had a longer life span than the original.

John Lennon & Yoko Ono – “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

In 1971, John and Yoko recorded “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” with the Harlem Community Choir, which was both a holiday and protest song against the Vietnam War.

Elton John – “Step Into Christmas

Written by Elton and Bernie Taupin, it was released as a stand-alone single in November, ’73.

Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)

It was the Ramones last song on their ‘89 album, “Brain Drain.” It was covered by Cheap Trick in 2017.

The Darkness – “Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)

Released in ’03, the song was eventually included in the “Christmas Edition” of the band’s debut album, Permission To Land.”

The Eagles – “Please Come Home For Christmas

Charlie Brown wrote and released the song in ’60. The Eagles covered the tune 18 years later (with “Funky New Year” on the B-side).

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Christmas All Over Again

The band penned this song for “A Very Special Christmas” TV special in ‘00.

U2  – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Originally released in ’63 by Darlene Love, who called it “the greatest Christmas song of all time, U2’s version was recorded during a sound check in Glasgow, during the band’s ‘87 “Joshua Tree” Tour. 

Bruce Springsteen – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Recorded during a Long Island gig in December 1975, it was released as the B-Side to “My Hometown” in ‘85 and it soon became a holiday classic.

Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas?

The one-time-only supergroup to aid famine relief in Ethiopia was comprised of U2’s Bono (pictured), Phil Collins, Boy George and Sting, among others. The song became a massive hit leading to Live Aid the following year (‘85).

Mariah Carey – “All I Want For Christmas Is You

Written by Carey, the track has become one of her signature numbers and has strongly tied her to the holiday season. 

New Holiday Tunes:

Bon Jovi – “Christmas Isn’t Christmas 

“(It) is a song that I wrote about family,” explained frontman Jon Bon Jovi. “The sentiment that Christmas really isn’t Christmas without YOU which can bring up a lot of memories for people.”

Buckcherry – Tell ‘Em It’s Christmas.” 

“Like everything Buckcherry, we hope it puts a smile on your face. Merry Christmas,” wrote the band in a statement.


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