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The Greatest Rock & Roll Christmas Songs, Holiday Songs

From Springsteen’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” to Kanye’s “Christmas in Harlem” to Sandler’s “Chanukah Song,” plus 13 more

Best Rock and Roll Christmas Songs

Most rock fans assume that all Christmas music is terrible. They’re mostly right, but every once in a while a Christmas miracle happens — and a great holiday song gets produced. Some of the best examples come from 1963’s Phil Spector’s Christmas Album. It had the horrible fate of coming out the exact day that John F. Kennedy was assassinated, so very few people were looking to sing along to “Frosty the Snowman” — but they missed out on a Wall of Sound masterpiece that’s one of Spector’s most satisfying LP’s. Here’s a look and listen at some of the best and most memorable Christmas songs of all time.


Mariah Carey, “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Before the release of Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” in 1994, there hadn’t been a new holiday standard in quite a long time. Written by Carey near the peak of her career, the Motown-inspired track has become one of her signature numbers. She re-recorded it in 2010 for her second Christmas album Merry Christmas II You. And in 2019, the 25-year-old hit completed its holiday-season rise and nabbed the Number One spot on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Songs chart for the week of December 6th through December 12th.

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