Hey guys it’s Luke.
With the holiday season coming up and all the Christmas ads and such on TV I thought I’d do a bit of Christmas promoting myself – and write a blog on 8 rock bands who have written good Christmas songs. Here we go!
1. Christmas Must Be Tonight by The Band (1977)
This band is literally so cool they are called The Band. And this song is pretty sweet. Most of the songs on this list are as the title says “pretty good”, but this song is a fantastic masterpiece. And again a lot of these songs are about your typical Santa and reindeer and what not, but this one is about Jesus. Weird from a rock band you could say.
2. Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins (2005)
If you are a long time follower of this blog, it is no secret that The Smashing Pumpkins are my favorite band. Instead of ranting about how great they are, I’ll keep it about the song. The song “Christmastime” was released in 2005 off the Pumpkins B-Sides & Rarities album. The song is good, but let me clarify it sounds absolutely nothing like The Smashing Pumpkins. Not saying the Pumpkins aren’t fond of the piano or anything, but this song is real heavy on it and it sounds really…Christmasy. Ever since being a Pumpkins fan, I’ve always loved listening to this song at Christmas dinner and such because it makes it feel like Christmas and it just feels good. Like a lot of the Pumpkins songs, it really speaks out to me.
3. Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney (1979)
To start, I think this song gets way too much hate. Granted it is not Paul’s best work, but that’s only because Paul has written so many great songs. It’s not like a masterpiece of work or anything, but it’s a nice fun Christmas tune. There’s this one part of the song where he repeats the word “ding dong”, and me and my dad made up the joke where – “What if it was called – Paul McCartney’s Ding Dong Song?”
It’s not funny, but the point is it’s a good song and especially for the fact that Paul wrote it late in his career. Take that Rolling Stone stupid critics!
4. Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley (1964)
Ok to fill you in, this song wasn’t actually written by Elvis. It was written by two other guys and given to Elvis to perform. But since he was the first to perform it, let’s just give it to him. Any how, this song brings out the soft side in all of us including Elvis. This Christmas classic easily is one of the best of all time, and possibly even my favorite Elvis song. For decades, it’s been dubbed one the best – as it should be.
5. Christmas Song by Dave Matthews Band (2002)
Again, compared to DMB’s other stuff it’s not top notch – but it is a nice Christmas tune. Growing up DMB was always my mom’s favorite band, and now I love them too. Me and mom now bond together by listening to them and a lot of other 90’s rock bands, and this song is just anther reminder of blessed I am. Any how, enough of the cheesy stuff – it’s just a nice Christmas tune like all the others.
6. A New York City Christmas by Rob Thomas (2002)
Matchbox 20 frontman, and pop rock legend Rob Thomas has indeed released a few of his own solo stuff, and this single is one of them. A great soft feel, as Rob’s angelic voice pulls you in. A song very Christmay and perfect for the holiday’s, all centered in the greatest city in the world. Doesn’t get much better than that. And that’s why it’s one of the best Christmas songs by rock artists ever.
7. Christmas All Over Again by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (1992)
This song again receives a unnecessary amount of hatred. It’s just a fun Christmas tune everybody chill! People poop on it just like people do to Wonderful Christmastime, and it’s simply because of all the great songs they wrote. People just think he was running out of ideas, but the fact of the matter is – he was just writing a fun Christmas tune for everybody to enjoy. And it’s deeply enjoyed by me every year.
8. I Believe In You by Bob Dylan (1979)
The purpose of this song and the entire album is to connect people with Christ, and it did for many. The Christmas gospel song has inspired people for years. Not trying to make a religious statement or anything here, just trying to tell you what the song is about. It’s a great jam and like many of Bob Dylan’s songs it makes you feel nice. Just another reason why he is my favorite solo rock act.
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