Ring My Christmas Bells: My Top 200 Modern Christmas Songs

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If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, I am one of those annoying people who love collecting Christmas music. I scour the internet and record stores for unusual modern Christmas music. Yes, this does annoy my family, but for some reason my two daughters-in-law still like to receive my annual Christmas mixtape on CD.

I’m not sure why I do this, except I have vivid memories of listening to The Ventures’ Christmas Album, on which these Rock & Roll Hall of Famers turned twelve Christmas songs into rock guitar lessons which integrate hits of the day into each Christmas song.  I first heard this album at my babysitter’s home and loved it so much that I was asking her to play it for me in July. Finally, my parents bought the album for me when I was five years-old, making the year that I got my first copy of this classic album in 1968.

After that, my Christmas music tastes exploded, going from The Royal Guardsmen’s “Snoopy’s Christmas” and the Partridge Family’s Christmas album. Then, I started to hear songs like Elton John’s “Step into Christmas,” Bruce Springsteen’s take on The Crystals’ version of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and “Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney. Slowly, other songs were released her, such as “Same Old Lang Syne” by Dan Fogelberg and the radio hit of “Celebrate Me Home” by Kenny Loggins.

Throughout the Seventies, I would hear songs that had been released in England yet never were released in Central Indiana. So I was left to pray that I could hear Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” or The Kinks’ “Father Christmas.” Slowly, these songs were being made available on compilation albums here in the States during the Eighties. Then, during the CD explosion, all of those older Christmas rock songs were being sold on various CD-forms. Finally, when mp3s were popularized, it finally became easier to final these brilliant versions of modern holiday songs.

So, today, I will begin the countdown of my favorite 200 Christmas songs.

12.3 200.Los Straightjackets

200. Los Straightjackets – “Christmas Weekend” (2018)

199. Taylor Swift – “Christmas Must Be Something More” (2007)

198. Mary J. Blige – “Christmas in the City” (1997)

197. Jimmy Durante – “Frosty the Snowman” (1969)

196. The Beach Boys – “The Man with All the Toys” (1963)

12.3 195.Low

195. Low – “Just like Christmas” (2004)

194. Jason Mraz – “Winter Wonderland” (2003)

193. Run the Jewels – “A Christmas F**king Miracle” (2013)

192. KC & the Sunshine Band – “Let’s Go Dancing with Santa” (2018)

191. Quiet Company – “Merry Christmas, the President Is Terrible” (2018)

12.3 190.Harry Belafonte

190. Harry Belafonte – “Mary’s Boy Child” (1956)

189. Dave Matthews Band – “The Christmas Song” (1997)

188. The Monkees – “What Would Santa Do” (2018)

187. Karla DeVito – “Santa Claus Is Coming to My House” (1982)

186. Burl Ives – “Holly Jolly Christmas” (1964)

12.3 185.Lady Gaga

185. Lady Gaga ft. Space Cowboy – “Christmas Tree” (2008)

184. Jessie J – “The Man with the Bag” (2018)

183. The Killers ft. Toni Halliday – “A Great Big Sled” (2006)

182. Marvin Gaye – “Purple Snowflakes” (1973)

12.3 181.Ella Fitzgerald

181. Ella Fitzgerald – “Sleigh Ride” (1960)

Twenty songs and 180 to go! We’ll pick up at 180 tomorrow. Later!

 

 

Author: ifmyalbumscouldtalk

I am just a long-time music fan who used to be a high school science teacher and a varsity coach of several high school athletic teams. Before that, I worked as a medical technologist at three hospitals in their labs, mainly as a microbiologist. I am retired/disabled (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome), and this is my attempt to remain a human. Additionally, I am a serious vinyl aficionado, with a CD addiction and a love of reading about rock history. Finally, I am a fan of Prince, Cheap Trick, Tom Petty, R.E.M., Hall & Oates, Springsteen, Paul Weller & his bands and Power Pop music.

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