The Greatest Christmas Songs of All Time
During this holiday season many of you will be attending gatherings or shopping at malls where in the background will be the continuous drone of holiday music. Many enjoy Christmas related music, some hate it, while others tolerate it, fully knowing that it's only played for a short time, though the holiday season seems to be getting longer each year starting up as soon as the Halloween decorations come down.
Like elevator music, Christmas music is supposed to provide a calming reassuring background noise for shoppers and partygoers, although watching the pushing match between some shoppers you would guess Bolt Thrower was playing on mall intercoms, not Burl Ives or Nat King Cole.
Excluding pre-rock and roll artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, the aforementioned Burl Ives and Nat King Cole, and others of the like. Below is a list of The Top Five Greatest Christmas Songs of all time sung by contemporary artists -- meaning those from the rock, pop and hip-hop community.
5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town -- Bruce Springsteen
4. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) -- U2
3. Christmas In Hollis -- Run-DMC
2. Do they Know it's Christmas -- Band Aid
1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) -- John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Bonus: Worst Christmas songs
It wouldn't be a complete list unless the worst Christmas songs were not included. Not to take attention away from such recent seasonal stinkers as The Darkness' "Christmas time, Don't Let the Bells End," and Kathie Lee Gifford's horrendous version of "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas," but the two worst Christmas songs are "Silent Night" from 80's glam rockers Winger and Paul McCartney's 1979 solo hit "Wonderful Christmastime."
Winger's interpretation of "Silent Night," is arguably the funniest and worst version of that song that has ever been recorded. The only thing missing in this crappy rendition was a guest appearance from Slaughter namesake Mark Slaughter, although Winger singer Kip Winger does a fine job of embarrassing himself on his own.
Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," which actually made the top ten in the U.K, reaching number six, is really not any worse than any of McCartney's other schmaltzy hits of that era but takes the cake at being the worst Christmas song ever solely for its incessant chorus -- "Simply having a wonderful Christmas time." It will nauseatingly stick in your head well into the New Year.