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Classic Rock Christmas Songs

Classic Rock

Do you like to rock out around your Christmas tree during the holidays? Bored of the same old pop Christmas songs? Well, classic rock Christmas songs might just be for you, with quirky rock vocals, loud guitar riffs and a heavy beat, if you like your music a bit louder than most you should give some of the songs on our list below a try. Many of our popular Christmas songs are actually classic rock songs too - such as David Bowie's Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy and Happy Xmas (War is Over) by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Our favourite from this list is the classic Here Comes Santa Claus by Bob Dylan, but you're sure to find a new favourite.

1) Bob Dylan - Here Comes Santa Claus

Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe award-winning (that's a lot of awards, we know!) classic rock singer and musician Bob Dylan is first on our list with this Christmassy offering, Here Comes Santa Claus. This cover really showcases his quirky vocals and the folksy style guitars and fast backing track make for a cool, alternative song to add to your Christmas playlist.

2) Beach Boys - Little Saint Nick

The Beach Boys are arguably one of the most well-known classic rock bands ever, with a distinctive sound and a distinctive style. This song, released before their Christmas album was released in 1964, achieved huge commercial success due to it being picked up by Coca-Cola and then used in one of its Christmas adverts. With the classic Beachy sound, it's still quintessentially festive and was actually covered by Hanson, the Muppets and John Denver.

3) Bon Jovi - Please Come Home for Christmas

Another classic, this time by Bon Jovi, an American rock band created by their namesake, Jon Bon Jovi, this Christmas song shows off the best of Jovi's vocals. It's a smooth, laidback Christmassy romp that would be perfect for adding to any Christmas driving playlist.

4) Band Aid - Do They Know it's Christmas?

Mega-star Bob Geldof formed super group Band Aid in 1984, comprising of lots of English and Irish rockers such as Bono, George Michael and Sting, to release this Christmas single that has gone onto become a real holiday classic. Although the time frame is not strictly classic rock, there's no denying the worldwide fame that some of the artists in Band Aid had, and the fact that Band Aid kicked off a number of charitable projects in the British music industry can only be a good thing.

5) Jimi Hendrix - Little Drummer Boy/Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne

Jimi Hendrix has long been described as the best guitarist of our time, despite his short life. He achieved worldwide recognition following a performance in America in 1967 and his music is still played and learnt around the world today. This absolutely brilliant medley really shows off Hendrix's skills as a guitarist and it's a great alternative choice to the usual Christmas music.

6) AC/DC - Mistress for Christmas

AC/DC are one of the most popular rock bands in the world and despite regularly being described as the pioneers of heavy metal, they describe their music as plain and simple 'rock n roll'. This festive offering from them is a real classic that shows off their signature style - big riffs, big guitar solos and gravelly rock vocals. Perfect for playing air guitar to!

7) John Cougar Mellencamp - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

John Mellencamp, known by the stage names Johnny Cougar, John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp, is a rock singer/songwriter who has sold a massive 40 million albums worldwide. This festive offering from him is slightly folksy and country in style with a speedy tempo, making it perfect for dancing to. You might not recognise the original melody in the song, but it's still a fantastic cover.

8) David Bowie & Bing Crosby - Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy

Many people described this duet as surreal when it first came out - classic crooner Bing Crosby teaming up with zany rocker Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie. However, the song went on to become an absolute Christmas classic that still gets played every holiday season - and the video is utterly charming, too.

9) Tom Petty - Christmas All Over Again

Tom Petty is an American singer/songwriter who fronts Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. You might also remember him from late 80s super group Traveling Wilburys. He's an incredibly popular artist with all generations and continues to play sold-out shows today. This Christmassy offering from him is a real classic, with a fast tempo, jingle bells and brilliantly festive lyrics. Another great song to have a boogie to.

10) John Lennon & Yoko Ono - Happy Xmas (War is Over)

This song from John Lennon & Yoko Ono is 10th on our list and we now think of it as a classic Christmas song, although it actually only got to number four in the U.K. singles chart when it was released, even though we hear it constantly on the radio during the festive season. It started off as a protest song because of the ongoing war in Vietnam, and is now well-known as a holiday song.

11) Canned Heat - Christmas Blues

Canned Heat are a classic blues rock band from California. They were very popular throughout the hippy era and were praised for bringing blues music to the masses. This Christmas song by them is utterly brilliant - laidback and with just enough guitar to tip it into the rock genre. This would be an excellent addition to any Christmas driving playlist.

12) The Kinks - Father Christmas

The Kinks are one of the most iconic and influential rock bands of our time - described by the American media as a British Invasion band, and known in Britain as a classic rock band, they've received numerous awards and accolades for their services to the music industry. This song is festive, filled with sleigh bells and tongue in cheek lyrics, describing a gang of kids beating up Santa Claus because they didn't receive the gifts they wanted - how very scrooge of them!

13) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Christmas Time Again

The notoriously difficult to spell Lynyrd Skynyrd are 13th on our list with this festive, bluesy offering describing a happy Christmas spent with a loved one. After the tragic loss of three of their members in a plane crash in 1977, the band went through many incarnations with new members until settling on their current line-up, still touring today. This Christmassy offering from them really shows off their distinctive vocals and is an excellent example of their music.

14) The Moody Blues - White Christmas

The Moody Blues are an English rock band, who notably fused classical music with rock music in their album Days of Future Passed. They're still around today with two of the original members and two more members from the 1967 line-up. The intro to this classic Christmas cover gives you some idea as to why they are called the Moody Blues, but then the song moves into a slightly more classic tune, with soaring vocals and folksy style guitars.

15) Peter Cetera - Let it Snow

Peter Cetera is an American singer and songwriter, probably best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago. He's released countless records, both with his band and with his daughter Claire. This Christmas cover is full of loud guitars, Cetera's distinctive vocals and a few twists on the original lyrics to bring this classic bang up to date.

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