Padre Steve’s Rockin’ Christmas: Music for Anyone to Get into the Spirit of the Season


Christmas music comes in many forms and genres. Some is quite traditional yet like any music Christmas music has captured the hearts of many artists over the decades of recorded on records, tapes, CDs and now digital media.


One genre where Christmas music has found a home for the last 60 years or so has been Rock and Roll. I think a great bridge between the more traditional and the contemporary is the duet of Little Drummer Boy between Bing Crosby and David Bowie

Of course this is in no way an exhaustive list of these songs, just some plucked from memory that I could find music videos of and which I might not have already done on past years articles. I think that some of these are on multiple posts but still, they struck me tonight.

I usually listen to 60s, 70s or 80‘s music whenever I drive but I think soon I will switch over to Christmas music on my Sirius radio. Maybe I will switch back and forth depending on my mood and the traffic. That being said here are some of the more interesting Christmas songs, some religious, some non-religious by some Rock artists from the 50s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, some of whom are still around recording new versions of Christmas songs.


Some of the earliest Rock and Roll Christmas songs included a number by Elvis Presley  including the classic Blue Christmas . Brenda Lee’s  Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock seem never to get old, in fact they have been recorded by others. 1980’s new wave rocker  Billy Idol did a classy version of the latter nor can we forget the legendary Chuck Berry who recorded Run Run Rudolph which has also had many artists release it since Berry first did.


The members of the Beatles are not absent from the list. The Beatles released a version of Christmas Time is Here Again  while the members of the Fab Four all released Christmas songs. John Lennon’s  Happy Christmas (War is Over)  is a modern classic. Paul McCartney and Wings turned Wonderful Christmas Time into a massive hit. Ringo Starr’s Glam Rock Come On Christmas, Christmas Come On was less memorable while George Harrison’s Ding Dong, Ding Dong was an upbeat and funny song .


Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermit’s released a version of O Holy Night while The Beach Boy’s Little Saint Nick brought us a very California rendition of a Santa Song. Simon and Garfunkel did Comfort and Joy (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)


Some of the biggest acts of the 1970s had popular Christmas releases including Gary Glitter who released Another Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas . Freddie Mercury and Queen released Thank God it’s Christmas and the Eagles Please Come Home for Christmas was a pleading look at a broken relationship. Chicago had a number of Christmas releases including Christmas Time is Here and O Come All Ye Faithful .


They were not alone British rocker Cliff Richard released Christmas Time, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performed Christmas All Over Again Foghat released a version of All I want for Christmas is You, Bruce Springsteen did Santa Claus is Coming to Town and The Bee Gees Thank You For Christmas .


The groups of the late 1970s and early to mid 1980s are represented. Blondie has always been one of my favorite groups. This is a fairly recent release of We Three Kings while Pat Benatar released a somewhat patriotic song called Christmas in America, maybe we as Americans need to be thankful for what we have at Christmas.


The classic bad girl, Joan Jett did the Little Drummer Boy , the Girl Band the Bangles performed A Hazy Shade of Winter  One of the more unusual acts who not only did a Christmas song but an entire Heavy Metal Christmas Album was Twisted Sister who have a classic version of White Christmas


Classic Rockers Stevie Nicks and Rod Stewart did nice versions of classics, Stevie did  Silent Night while Stewart performed  White Christmas


Like I said, this list is not exhaustive. Since as I do it I keep remembering more I figure I will stop for the night and hope that at least some of these songs help get you into the spirit of the season. After all, there is so much negativity that whether you are a Christian or not the season does present us all the chance to maybe see something positive in ourselves and our neighbors. So with Elton John I invite you my friends to Step Into Christmas




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One response to “Padre Steve’s Rockin’ Christmas: Music for Anyone to Get into the Spirit of the Season

  1. padresteve

    Reblogged this on Padre Steve's World…Musings of a Passionately Progressive Moderate and commented:

    Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
    Today was my last day at work before a five day break, at least one day of which was granted by President Obama, blessed be his name. But anyway… music is a special part of Christmas for me and not all of it is about sacred Christian music. I like rock, pop, soul, blues, jazz and even country music with a Christmas or holiday theme. I hope that all the links still work on this post, but if enough of them do you should be able to enjoy a bit of a rocking’ Christmas Eve tomorrow. But that being said I have been really busy doing a lot of editing and work on my Gettysburg text which will continue throughout the weekend as I rework yet another chapter. Expect that I will post a couple of sections of new material for my first chapter dealing with the beginnings of Women’s rights and women in the military as well as developments in naval technology that still influence us today.
    Peace and Happy Festivus,
    Padre Steve+

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