This year, in stores and coffee shops, I’ve been hearing a lot of Barbara Streisand’s Jingle Bells–hands-down the worst Christmas song of all time. So that put me on a quest to find some rocking Christmas songs to try to erase Ms. Streisand’s abomination from my seasonally fragile mind.
Here it is. I recommend some or all of them make it into your holiday rotation, for the sake of your own sanity.
Run Rudolph Run
The bellwether of all rocking Christmas songs.
Signature lyric: “Said Santa to a boy, child, ‘What have you been longing for?’
‘All I want for Christmas is a Rock and Roll electric guitar.'”
What do The Kinks really want for Christmas?
Signature lyric: “Father Christmas, give us some money!”
Come On Santa
Relative newcomer to the Christmas rock scene, enjoy this Raveonettes song while you fade out with your evening-ending cocktail.
Signature lyric: “The tree looks beautiful, the lights are in your eyes.”
Christmas in Hollis
I guess you could cast doubt on the rock and roll credentials of this song, but it’s a yuletide classic in every way. And hey, it does rock.
Signature lyric: “Rhymes so loud and proud you hear it,
it’s Christmas time and we got the spirit!”
Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight)
Pretty much sums up what many people really want for Christmas–peace in the home.
Signature lyric: “I loved you from the start, ’cause Christmas ain’t the time for breaking each other’s hearts.”
Don’t Believe in Christmas
For those who are feeling a little Scrooge-ish, these 60’s garage rockers have you covered.
Signature lyric: “Well mom and dad said we could,
So i did what i should,
I hung my stocking on a wall,
I didn’t get a thing at all,
I dont believe in christmas!”