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The happiest time of the year is finally here! Christmas 2012. It doesn't get much better than this. To celebrate, I felt it'd be appropriate to count down the top ten Christmas songs in my opinion. I tried to stick with some originals rather than the same "Winter Wonderland" you hear every year. However, I love every one of these songs, as well as the remakes. What's not to love? It's Christmas!
10.) "Little Saint Nick" - Beach Boys
The classic Beach Boys singing style brings to life a song about the big man in red, Santa Claus. Released in 1963, it has become one of my personal favorites.
9.) "Run Rudolph Run" - Chuck Berry
The man Chuck Berry released this Christmas classic in 1958. It's become one of the most popular Christmas songs due to it's similarities to Berry's big hit "Johnny B. Goode", as well as the simplistic yet pretty awesome riff Berry features. It remains as one of the more rock-able Christmas songs around, and being from Chuck Berry makes it pretty awesome.
8.) "Wonderful Christmastime" - Paul McCartney & Wings
McCartney recorded this song on his own, although Wings is still included in the credit. This is a song you'll hear year after year, since it became a staple in 1979. It's very sweet, and somewhat epitomizes Christmas. What's really not to love? As long as everybody's "Simply having a wonderful Christmastime," this song will never get old.
7.) "White Christmas" - Bing Crosby
The single best selling single ever falls to number seven on my list, simply because I wanted to keep it fresh and everybody knows this song. However, you can't take anything away from it. Bing Crosby's silky smooth voice creates an instant Christmas classic, and it really is the track that embodies Christmas as a whole.
6.) "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade
Okay, Slade of course doesn't beat out Bing Crosby really ever, but with this song, (I've never heard it until recently) it's just very fun. That's essentially what Christmas is all about, having fun, spending time with family, and maybe partying a little. Slade gives us a good time with "Merry Xmas Everybody." This is Slade's biggest hit, and I think it's a great song.
5.) "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" - John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band
This original Vietnam protest song wasn't too popular to begin with, but gained plenty of popularity after Lennon's death. Since then, it's pretty much become a Christmas song we'll hear year after year, because it really is a sweet song. It's very original, and is one of the better Christmas songs around.
4.) "Father Christmas" - The Kinks
One of the more unique Christmas songs around, The Kinks bring a new twist to a Christmas story, telling of a gang of kids beating up a department store Santa and asking for money rather than toys. It's a funny track, and has a classic Kinks feel to it.
3.) "The Seasons Upon Us" - Dropkick Murphys
Alright, I'm a little biased here. I was going to make this track number one because Dropkick Murphys is my favorite band, but I figured it could slide to number three behind two excellent songs. It's another Christmas original off of their upcoming album Signed and Sealed in Blood. This Celtic rock band sings of perhaps a more realistic Christmas family song of a crazy family full of interesting characters. This has become one of my personal favorite Christmas songs. It's fun, it's funny, but most importantly, it's an awesome song by an awesome band, and I think you may enjoy it too.
2.) "Fairytale Of New York" - The Pogues
This track was a real contender for the number one spot. I'd say this and the next one honestly share the top spot in my eyes. This Irish folk song by The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl is one of the best Christmas songs out there, showing a darker side of a Christmas day. It's a call and response style song of an Irish immigrant's Christmas Eve. The immigrant spends the night in the drunk tank for binge drinking and reminisces of bickering moments with his girlfriend on Christmas day. It's fun, it's melodic, it's very original.
1.) "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" - Bruce Springsteen
This song has to hold the top spot. The boss himself, singing one of the most recognizable Christmas songs around in his own fashion. It doesn't get much better than that. I mean, it really is just everything to love. The positivity, the fun, and Santa! Springsteen has the best cover of a Christmas original ever, as well as one of the best Christmas songs as a whole.
All in all, you can't go wrong with any of these tracks. In fact, listen to them all! It's Christmas. Get in the spirit, enjoy life with everyone around you. Merry Christmas all!