Best Christmas Songs of the Modern Rock Era

23 Dec

 
For the holidays, here’s a change from discussing Social Media Marketing and PR this week. Let’s talk tunes!

Here’s my list of the best Christmas songs of the Modern Rock Era, which I’m defining as roughly the mid- 1970s through the early 2000s. You will find no Perry Como, Andy Williams, or Bing Crosby here (wait, we do have some Crosby….see #2…) I would love to hear your thoughts on these and others!

 
10. Squeeze – “Christmas Day” (1979)
 
9. Captain Sensible – “One Christmas Catalogue” (1984)
 
8. Slade – “Merry Xmas Everybody” (1973)
 
7. Weird Al – “Christmas At Ground Zero” (1986)

6. Ramones – “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” (2001)
 
5. Pretenders – “2000 Miles” (1983)
 
4. The Kinks – “Father Christmas” (1977)
 
3. Band Aid – “Do The Know It’s Christmas” (1984)
 
2. David Bowie and Bing Crosby – “Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” (Recorded / Originally Broadcast 1977; Released 1982)
 
1. The Pogues with Kirsty MacColl – “Fairytale of New York” (1987)
 

The Pogues

2 Responses to “Best Christmas Songs of the Modern Rock Era”

  1. Mike Hodgin December 27, 2010 at 2:45 pm #

    Jack, you never gave me a copy of that Squeeze song! But I like your list.

    • PR Workbench December 28, 2010 at 2:31 pm #

      Thanks Mike! Squeeze coming your way soon…

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