For many rock fans, the annual blitz of holiday tunes is a struggle. But sometimes, like a Christmas miracle, the two genres come together with glorious results. We listed a few of our favourites below, for more Christmas classics to get you through the festive season, check out our I Like Your Old CHRISTMAS Stuff! playlist on streaming.
Eagles | ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’
In 1978, classic rock legends, Eagles released a cover of Please Come Home for Christmas – originally written and released by blues singer Charles Brown in 1960. It peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the first Christmas song to crack the US Top 20 since Roy Orbison’s Pretty Paper in 1963.
Bruce Springsteen | ‘Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town’
The Boss first released his rocking version of this Christmas classic back in 1975. His signature take on the 1934 song, which has been covered by many, has become a holiday staple over the years.
John Lennon | ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’
John Lennon and Yoko Ono released this ode to peace 50 years ago, in 1971. It’s since become one of the world's most popular Christmas songs, maybe for its simple message that still resonates to this day.
Monkees | ‘Unwrap You at Christmas’
Back in 2018, 60s teen idols the Monkees surprised everyone with their first-ever holiday LP, Christmas Party with cleverly crafted modern classics like this gem.
Chuck Berry | ‘Run Rudolph Run’
This 12-bar blues hit, recorded by Ray Charles in 1958 is one of classic rock’s most famous Christmas tunes of all time.
Keith Richards | ‘Run Rudolph Run’
And in 1978, Keith Richards added his own twist of swagger to the beloved hit.
The Pogues | ‘Fairytale Of New York’
Celtic punk legends, The Pogues released a festive UK national favourite with Fairytale Of New York in 1987. Despite facing some lyrical controversy in recent years, the song’s rousing sentiment means its place in the hearts of millions is pretty secure.
Twisted Sister | ‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’
Twisted Sister’s 1984 hit We’re Not Gonna Take It takes obvious inspiration from Oh Come All Ye Faithful, so they flipped the script and released a hair-metal take on the timeless holiday carol, complete with a comedic music video of Dee Snider and co. crashing a wholesome couples Christmas.
Pretenders | ‘2000 Miles’
There’s simply no going past this heartwarming Pretenders gem, first released as a single in November 1983 and later on their 1984 Platitnum-selling LP Learning To Crawl.
Merry Christmas from all of us at I Like Your Old Stuff!
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