As the countdown to Christmas continues, the staff at AOL Radio is bringing you the top 10 Christmas songs from different genres. Today we take a look at the 10 best Christmas rock songs of all time. These are the songs that make you want to turn up the music a little louder and rock out during the holidays. Take a look at our list of the top 10 Christmas rock songs.
In December 2010, Coldplay released the standalone Christmas track 'Christmas Lights' as a digital download. The mid-tempo track is built around a simple piano track and then picks up in typical Coldplay fashion. Lead singer Chris Martin shows a large vocal range in the song, and sings: "May all your troubles soon be gone/Oh, Christmas lights, keep shinin' on."
This hard-rocking, early punk song from 1977 has been covered by many modern bands, but none better than the original-the Kinks. The song tells the story of Santa Claus, who is beaten up by many poor kids, who demand money instead of toys. Hidden behind the crime in the song is an important, long-lasting message from the punk band. "Have yourself a merry merry Christmas/have yourself a good time/but remember the kids who got nothing, while you're drinkin down your wine."
The new-wave band The Waitresses produced their biggest hit 'Christmas Wrapping' in 1981. The catchy tune told an odd, unique tale about a busy single woman who tried to stay away from the worst parts of Christmas, and all the fatigue it causes. She runs into a man at the end of the song, whom she met earlier that year. They both were cooking dinner and oddly enough both forgot to buy cranberries. It's unlikely most pay attention to the lyrics or the story, but the song became incredibly popular. Often repeated is the catchy chorus: "Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! But I think I'll miss this one this year." Although at the end, "I'll miss" changes to "couldn't miss."
'I Won't Be Home for Christmas'
In 1997, Blink-182 released this upbeat, punk rock song about Christmas. Leave it to blink-182 to release a song complaining about the holiday. The band, known for many unique, comedic, and strange songs, including several about Christmas, sing about being fed up with Christmas and all the events that surround it. The narrator attacks carolers outside his house and ends up in prison. "It's Christmas time again/It's time to be nice to the people you can't stand all year/I'm growing tired of all this Christmas cheer."
'Little Saint Nick'
The Beach Boys
"Little Saint Nick" is one of the most popular and fun Christmas songs of all time. The song was originally written in December of 1963 by Brian Wilson and Mike Love. The upbeat song, featuring its memorable line "Run Run Reindeer," borrows its rhythm and structure from the Beach Boys 1963 hit "Little Deuce Coupe." The single quickly became a top ten single in many states and is one of the influential band's most popular hits.
The Pretenders released '2000 Miles' in 1983, as a preceding single to their 1984 album 'Learning to Crawl.' Many people interpret the ballad as a song between two long distance lovers during the holidays. Yet, the song was actually written by the band about the group's original guitar player James Honeyman-Scott. In the song, the band imagines what it'd be like if they were all together during Christmas time. "And those frozen and silent nights, sometimes in a dream, you appear."
'Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24'
Trans-Siberian Orchestra is known for its Christmas songs and concerts during the holidays. One of their biggest rock hits about the holidays was a unique, instrumental medley of 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen' and 'Carol of the Bells.' The instrumental piece tells the story of a lone cello player who is playing a forgotten Christmas carol in war-torn Sarajevo.
'Do They Know It's Christmas?'
This 1984 classic was written as a charity song to help the hungry in Ethopia. One of the song's co-creators Bob Geldof intelligently put together a large group of famous British and Irish musicians in a group called 'Band Aid.' Many stars trade verses and come together for the energetic chorus. The list of stars include Bono, Sting, and Phil Collins.
McCartney had one of his biggest post-Beatles hit with this 1979 single 'Wonderful Christmastime." The song features a large amount of rare, innovative electro-pop sounds and an early synthesizer. The lyrics are simple, yet catchy and 'Wonderful Christmastime' is a perfect song for families to listen to and sing along to during the holidays. "The party's on, the feelin's here, that only comes this time of year."
'Merry Xmas (War Is Over)'
Lennon wrote this iconic Christmas song with his wife Yoko Ono in 1971. The song was a call for peace and love and is still one of the most inspirational songs for the holidays. The hit song featured the Harlem Community Choir, who repeatedly sing "War is over, if you want it, war is over now."