Top Ten Christmas Songs of the Modern Rock Era

5 Dec

Holiday reruns already? Not really…I just wanted to republish this post from last year for a quick break 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…) What are your favorites to add?

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

4 Responses to “Top Ten Christmas Songs of the Modern Rock Era”

  1. Tim Hargis December 5, 2011 at 2:46 pm #

    There’s nothing wrong with talking SM and PR, but yes I do appreciate the Christmas shoutout. It’s funny, most franchise owners don’t take too much about whether or not they should have music in their stores, and if so what kind.

  2. Patrick Harvey December 6, 2011 at 9:42 pm #


    You forgot to list Joseph Spence-Santa Claus Is Comming To Town.

  3. sjlz December 9, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    I’m right there with you with number 1 and number 2. But I also nominate the Waitresses’ Christmas (W)Rap.

  4. Alberto Zambrano October 7, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    Thanks for the post it helped me find captain sensible

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