20 - Love Is All Around by the Troggs (1967)
19 - Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd. It's the most often heard sentiment during the holidays. It's in every card I get.
18 - Light Up by Styx (1975) from the Equinox LP, this song is about lighting up your Christmas tree and having a party with friends. I think. Light up, everybody! Join us in a celebration.
17 - Telephone Line by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra) Call your relatives during the holidays.
16 - How Far Jerusalem by Magnum (1985)
15 - Save a Prayer by Duran Duran (1982)
14 - Cold as Ice by Foreigner All my memories of Christmas time are covered in ice and snow. I now live in the tropics, and I don't miss the 240 feet of snow and the 200 degrees below zero. However I do have good memories of Christmas day - the one day I don't mind being covered in snow and ice.
13 - May it Be by Enya (from the movie LOTR The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001) Not entirely Christmas themed, but it has an underlying sentiment of fellowship.
12 - Neverending Story performed by Limahl (1984) A wintry synthesized song, always nice to hear.
11 - Holy Roller by Nazareth (1975)
10 - Shopping - The Pet Shop Boys (1988) And after all the shopping, you can play "Rent" from the same album, because you have no money left for it. Ahh, the holidays!
9 - The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix probably didn't mean Mother Mary, but it's ok.
8 - Closer to the Heart by Rush (1977) From "A Farewell to Kings" LP.
7 - Miracles by Jefferson Starship (1975). The beautiful voices of Grace Slick and Marty Balin in a timeless duet about miracles. Christmas is supposed to be the season of miracles.
6 - Jesus by Queen, from their debut album (1973).
5 - Mama, I'm Coming Home by Ozzie Osborne (1991) She just wants to hear you're coming home for the holidays.
4 - Home by Jethro Tull (1979) A very sweet song, complete with violin. Makes me think of my mother's house, snow-covered and filled with holiday cookies.
3 - Miracles Out of Nowhere by Kansas. A song with many meanings and a sweet mixture of chimes, violin, keyboards and guitars.
2 - Let it Be - The Beatles This just sounds right for a gathering at the holidays, doesn't it?
When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me, speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
1 - Let's Get Together by the Youngblood
C'mon people now, Smile on your brother
Ev'rybody get together, Try and love one another right now
Bonus Track: Seven Hundred Elves by Steeleye Span (1974), a band better known in the UK.
That says it all. And you didn't need even one jingle bell. Can you get the Malls to play this list instead of the muzak mix?
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There you have it: the best of the Christmas rock songs, that aren't Christmas songs. Crank the tunes, and enjoy the holidays.