Classic Rock Christmas Songs are Dominating the Streaming Charts

Classic Rock Christmas Songs are Dominating the Streaming Charts

Posted 15 Dec 2021
Eagles, 1978. Photo by George Rose/Getty Images.

It’s officially a classic rock Christmas this year, with a stack of holiday-themed favourites from the 70s and 80s dominating the Billboard Top Rock Streaming chart. 

This week’s top 10 includes entries from Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Eagles and more, alongside some other classic rockers, likes Fleetwood Mac’s Dreams and Eagles' Hotel California, which are proving to be eternal hits.

Holiday songs are all about nostalgia, so it’s no wonder festive favorites are returned to over and over again. Lennon's Happy X-Mas (War Is Over), released 50 years ago in 1971 as both a Christmas song and Vietnam War protest anthem, serves as a yearly homage to peace. 

John Lennon | Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime dates all the way back to 1979 and Eagles' Please Come Home for Christmas was released even earlier, in 1978. The holiday hit was first recorded by blues singer Charles Brown in 1960 but rocketed up the charts with the addition of the Eagles’ syrupy harmonies. 

Eagles | Please Come Home for Christmas

You check out the classic rock Christmas songs and more on this week's Top Rock Streaming chart below.

Billboard’s Top Rock Streaming Songs for the Week of Dec. 11, 2021

01. Chuck Berry - Run Rudolph Run

03. Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime

04. Eagles - Please Come Home for Christmas

06. Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

07. John Lennon and Yoko Ono - Happy XMas (War is Over)

10. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams

16.  Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

19. Eagles - Hotel California


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