Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
I am taking a break from history, and Politics to share some classic Christmas and holiday songs performed by various Rock and Roll artists and groups.
I realize that it is not quite Christmas yet, and in fact it is still the season of Advent but I have to admit that I love the holiday season, especially the music. But, I am a child of the 1960s and 1970s, so I have certain preferences in in music and Christmas music comes in many forms and genres.
Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a number of articles like this which have no purpose but to share a little joy through music. I plan on doing one focusing on the great R & B legends, one with Country artists, and a couple dealing with the stories of White Christmas and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, as well as the many different versions of both.
These holiday season I hope that no matter what holiday you celebrate that you do it with a joyful heart, even if it is Festivus, which it is tomorrow, or today when many of you are reading this.
So here are some great songs put out by some great artists and groups over the years, they are in no particular order. Some are traditional Christmas hymns while others are popular Christmas songs without a particularly religious bent, and many are sung by artists who are not practicing Christians, some of whom would be condemned to hell by many conservative Christians. Maybe that speaks to the power of the holiday, and the hope that it brings to so many people.
I hope you enjoy them.
Chuck Berry Run, Run Rudolph
Elton John, Step into Christmas
Elvis Presley, Blue Christmas
Paul McCartney and Wings, Having a Wonderful Christmastime
Freddy Mercury and Queen, Thank God it’s Christmas
The Bangles, Hazy Shade of Winter
The Beach Boys, Little Saint Nick
Band Aid 1984, Do They Know It’s Christmas
Billy Idol, Jingle Bell Rock
The Carpenters, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Wham! Last Christmas
Jose Feliciano, Feliz Navidad
Chicago, O Come All Ye Faithful
Annie Lennox and Al Green, Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Gary Glitter, Another Rock and Roll Christmas
George Harrison, Dong, Dong, Ding Dong
Herman’s Hermit’s O Holy Night
Eagles, Please Come Home for Christmas
Mariah Carey, All I Want for Christmas is You
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Christmas All over Again
Blondie, We Three Kings
Rod Stewart, Let it Snow
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Little Drummer Boy
Nat King Cole, The Christmas Song
Twisted Sister, White Christmas
John Lennon, Happy Christmas (War is Over)
Bruce Springsteen, Baby Please Come Home
Barry Manilow, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Neil Diamond, The Chri
Stevie Nicks, Silent Night