Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas Classic Rockers

In the midst of the hustle, bustle and family tussle that is Christmas, few will take time to ponder one of the more significant questions of the holiday season.

What is the greatest Christmas rock song ever?

Call us crazy, but the people at TSB think these deeper, more meaningful, soul-searching questions require some serious pondering before valuable thought time is chewed up by more mundane activities such as shopping, wrapping and planning family dinners.

Before we reveal our latest "Top 5 List", honorable mentions go to AC/DC for "Mistress for Christmas", Twisted Sister for "Silver Bells", and Green Day for "Christmas Day". Others that just missed our Top 5 include Bob Seger with "Little Drummer Boy", U2 and their version of "It's Christmas, Baby Please Come Home" as well as Joey Ramone with "Merry Christmas (I don't wanna fight tonight)".

So here we go, in descending order, the TSB, "Top 5 Christmas Classic Rockers":

#5. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Originally recorded in 1934 by Harry Reser and Tom Stacks; Springsteen's 1985 version charted in the UK, Ireland and Australia. Other notable rock covers are by Aerosmith, Alice Cooper and The Beach Boys

#4. CHUCK BERRY - "Run, Run, Rudolph"

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bon Jovi and even Lemmy from Motorhead have taken their cracks at this one, but Chuck Berry's original still rules. As Michael Kenyon of Baltimore puts it, hard to beat a lyric like ..."And then away went Rudolph - Whizzin' like a saber jet".

#3 - JOHN MELLENCAMP - "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus"

The Jackson 5 and Amy Winehouse have covered this classic, but can't quite rock this number the way a small town boy like Johnny Cougar can.

#2 - JON BON JOVI - "Please Come Home for Christmas"

The Eagles version may be better known and have charted higher, but doesn't pack the punch and stir the soul like JBJ.

And as for the #1 Christmas Rock Song?

Well ...

That's something all the good and faithful TSB readers like R.Gould, Mr. Kennedy, KP & the "Angels" will have to wait and learn about tomorrow ...

"Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you"

p.s... R. Gould's twisted, final suggestion didn't make the final cut, but it was still noteworthy for its razor sharp approach.



Jamie said...


I agree with the Bruce, Chuck and John Mellancamp, however with only one slot left, you're missing TWO KEY SONGS!

For your consideration:
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "Christmas All Over Again" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYb_DUwqP5s

and the quintessential Christmas song, Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAdfq9l5NaM

Thanks for all the great posts in 2009, Gair and I look forward to an excellent 2010!

Merry Christmas!
Jamie Ross

Brain Diesel said...

Great list Gair. Nice to see the love for Bon Jovi. I was surprised U2 didn't get there.

For the win, I am guessing the Squire

Susan said...

Hi Gair,

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Give Peace a Chance by the Beatles.

Greg P Mansfield said...

Uh, Susan, I think you mean "Happy Christmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon, no? :o)

Mike Shanks PSP said...

Don't forget the classic "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues