I’ve spent a long time thinking about blog-worthy Christmas songs — man, there are a lot of them. Every year I think about which one is my favorite. While it’s basically impossible, I think it comes down to personal taste. You know…what styles of music do you relate to and enjoy the most? For me, it’s rock n roll and blues.
Some might say this song is overplayed around the holidays, but The Eagles’ version of “Please Come Home for Christmas” (released in 1978) is one I always enjoy hearing.
Again, I like older styled songs so this one suits me fine. Some might be surprised to learn it was written and originally recorded by Charles Brown and released in 1960. Give credit to Don Henley as a singer. His billionaire rockstar ponytail and whining about Walden Woods annoyed me years later (One of my friends dubbed him “The Philosoph” during this time period) , but his vocals are great on this track. There are plenty of other versions out there including John Bon Jovi and lots of country singers as well.
Perhaps the most widely known “Christmas blues” tune is by The King himself — Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas.”
This song gets a lot of airplay around the holidays, but I never change the station or turn it down. It has a great bluesy feel to it a long with backing vocals from gospel group The Jordanaires and, of course, The King. It was released on 1957’s aptly-titled “Elvis’ Christmas Album.” It’s been recorded by many others, but who can compete with this track? “Blue Christmas” was written by written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson .
Another bluesy Christmas song is “Merry Christmas, Baby” by Chuck Berry. I’m not big on this song, but one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs of all time is his confusingly-titled “Run Rudolph Run.”
Berry didn’t write the song, but added his instantly-recognizable guitar riff to it. It was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and released on the legendary Chicago blues label, Chess Records. Like Berry, I’m from St. Louis, Missouri, so I may be biased towards his music.
Although not a blues song, Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” is one of my other top favorites. I think I’ll create a random, rockin’, Christmas YouTube playlist and share for another blog entry.
Till next time, keep your Mojo on the Horizon.