Day 2 of My Stroll Through My Favorite Modern Christmas Music

12.4 Rock n Roll Xmas Tree

Welcome to Day 2 of this unnecessary form of punishment that I am putting you through. So, during the month of December 2018, I will be working out this psychosis during the last month of this year. So, I am kind of putting my readership through hell as I perform my own version of the terrific Christmas music collector documentary, Jingle Bell Rocks! A few years ago, I picked up a special Record Store Day Black Friday DVD release of this film and have not looked back since. During this film, I realized that I wasn’t the only person afflicted with this love of modern Christmas music. As a matter of fact, Rev Run of Run-D.M.C., Wayne Coyne of Flaming Lips and music impresario Bill Adler were just a few who discussed their love of the genre.

So, what is it that drives a person to try to uncover that certain Ray Parker Jr. B-side, “Christmas Is Here” or finally own a seven-inch vinyl version of Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.” Well, maybe, I will figure this out by the end of this countdown. Then again, maybe I’m just a big kid in adult’s clothing. Hmmm…

Let’s get today’s 20 songs, and let the self-reflection wait another 23 hours. Here were go!

12.4 Temptations

180. The Temptations – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (1968)

179. The Mavericks – “Christmas Time Is (Coming ‘Round Again)” (2018)

178. Louis Armstrong – “Zat You Santa Claus?” (1953)

177. The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime” (2012)

12.4 John Coltrane

176. John Coltrane – “My Favorite Things” (1961)

175. Sufjan Stevens – “Put the Lights on the Tree” (2006)

174. Britney Spears – “My Only Wish (This Year)” (2000)

173. Thurl Ravenscroft – “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” (1965)

172. Ramonas – “Santa’s Got a GTO” (1991)

12.4 George Thorogood

171. George Thorogood & the Destroyers – “Rock and Roll Christmas” (1983)

170. Destiny’s Child – “8 Days of Christmas” (2001)

169. The Brian Setzer Orchestra – “Jingle Bells” (2002)

168. Justin Bieber – “Mistletoe” (2011)

167. Rodney Crowell – “Christmas Everywhere” (2018)

12.4 The Ventures

166. The Ventures – “Frosty the Snowman” (1965)

165. The Hold Steady – “Christmas Is the Time to Say I Love You” (2015)

164. Devo – “Merry Something to You” (2010)

163. Farrah – “Christmas Won’t Happen” (2014)

162. Blink-182 – “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” (1997)

12.4 Smokey Robinson

161. Smokey Robinson – “Christmas Everyday” (2017)

Forty songs down, and whole crap-load more to go. Uh, Merry Christmas! I’ll be back tomorrow! For better or worse.

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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