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Readers' Poll: The Best Christmas Songs of All Time

Selections include 'Christmas In Hollis,' 'Wonderful Christmastime' and 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'

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5. Bruce Springsteen - 'Santa Claus Is Coming to Town'

On December 12th, 1975 Bruce Springsteen performed "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" during his show at the C.W. Post College in Greenvale, New York. The college newspaper's review read, "The crowd, figuring it was an Xmas joke, laughed and prepared themselves for a quick change into another number. But the change never came. Springsteen and the E Street Band let loose with a dynamic interpretation of the classic that stirred everyone, including Springsteen himself as he danced frantically across the stage. As the shock wore off, the audience realized that Springsteen had the ability to make even the unexpected and mundane appear exciting and entertaining." Springsteen released that recording in 1981, and put it on the B side of "My Hometown" in 1985. It's become a modern-day holiday classic. Bruce even performed it at Bonnaroo in 2009. It made for a bizarre scene on a hot night in June. 

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