Hey Santa! Pass us that bottle, will ya? (A mix tape)

By Dennis Hartley

Being that it’s the holidays and all, it seems good a time as any to share my Top 10 favorite  songs of the season. Alphabetically…

  1. Alan Parsons in a Winter Wonderland – Grandaddy

The stockings are hung with irony in this CA indie band’s rendition.

2. Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC

To my knowledge, the first Xmas rap; a classic! The elf is disturbing.

3. A Christmas Song– Jethro Tull

Ian Anderson decries the commercialization; gets drunk with Santa.

4. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid

Oy, the mullets! Still quite moving 30 years on, and for a good cause.

5. I Am Santa Claus – Bob Rivers

Funniest Christmas parody song ever, by the “Twisted Tunes” gang.

6.  I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake

Such a beautiful song. Great live version with Ian Anderson on flute.

7.  Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth-David Bowie & Bing Crosby

Yes, this really happened. Years before Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Alice Cooper

Not a stretch, when you consider Santa is an anagram for, you know.

9. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders

A lovely chamber pop rendition, and Chrissie’s vocals are sublime.

10. We Wish You a Merry Christmas– Jacob Miller (w/ Ray I)

An ire, ire, ire Xmas wish from the late great Inner Circle front man.

Happy Crimble and a very New Year!

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