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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.  

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Come to Cleveland and visit us at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum!

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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Rock Hall President Terry Stewart Shares His Favorite Rock and Roll Holiday Songs

Thursday, December 17: 12 p.m.
Posted by Terry Stewart
Terry Stewart shares some of his favorite holiday songs at Rock and Roll Night School on December 16

Man oh Man was last night’s holiday edition of Rock and Roll Night School fun! And we all learned so much about a very special niche of music. In fact, we are thinking about doing this again and maybe streaming the program online. So……anybody out there, let us know if this would be something you would like to participate in…and if you can’t make it in person, consider possibly participating online or via the phone.

Below you’ll find a list of my favorite rock and roll holiday songs. Also, feel free to comment on all of the lists if you were here last night. Most importantly, let us know if we missed any holiday songs by Inductees.

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! Come to Cleveland!

27.) Merry Christmas – Lightning Hopkins
26.) Christmas Presents – Solomon Burke
25.) Not So Merry Christmas – Bobby Vee
24.) There’s Trouble Brewing – Jack Scott
23.) Chipmunk Song – Canned Heat and the Chipmunks
22.) Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy – Buck Owens
21.) Man with all the Toys – The Beach Boys
20.) Papa Noel – Brenda Lee
19.) Chinchy Old Scrooge – Phil Moore
18.) Jingle Jangle – The Penguins
17.) Christmas in ...


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