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20 Essential Rock and Roll Holiday Songs

Friday, December 21: 10 a.m.
Posted by Rock Hall
The best rock and roll holiday songs as chosen by former Rock Hall CEO Terry Stewart

Below you’ll find a list – presented in no particular order – of my favorite rock and roll holiday songs. This was not an easy list to whittle down to a Top 20, so I encourage you to share the holiday songs that resonate most with you.  

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20. Bobby Vee - "A Not So Merry Christmas"

 

19. Jack Scott - "There's Trouble Brewin'"

 

18. Canned Heat and the Chipmunks - "Chipmunk Song" 

 

17. The Penguins - "Jingle Jangle"

 

16. Brenda Lee - "Papa Noel"

 

15. Elvis Presley - "Santa Claus Is Back In Town"

 

14. The Hepsters - "Rockin' And Rollin' With Santa Claus"

 

13. The Drifters - "White Christmas"

 

12. Mabel Scott - "Boogie Woogie Santa Claus"

 

11. The Cameos - "Merry Christmas"

 

10. The Moonglows - "Hey Santa Claus"

 

9. Louis Armstrong - "Zat You, Santa Claus?"

 

8. The Orioles - "(It's Gonna Be A) Lonely Christmas / What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"

 

7. The Valentines - "Christmas Prayer"

 

6. Babs Gonzalez - "The Be Bop Santa"

 

5. Ray Stevens - "Santa Claus Is Watching You"

 

4. Charles Brown - "Merry Christmas Baby"

 

3. Charles Brown - "Please Come Home ...


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