Why 80’s Christmas Songs? It seems like the 80’s were the golden era of rock Christmas songs, so we figure, ‘why not?’ We love them, you love them, everyone loves them!’ Here are some of best that we remember (the 80’s were so long ago, after all.)
Elmo & Patsy “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” (1982)
So a couple of things with this song. It’s campy as hell, and it was originally recorded in 1979. But it was re-recorded in 1982 and released, so there. Plus, cheesy or not, stop yourself from singing along., we dare you.
Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)” (1989)
Because hell yeah it’s the Ramones!
David Bowie and Bing Crosby “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy” (1982)
So David Bowie is an amazing artist, and Bing Crosby was an amazing singer. Put them together and what do you get? A pretty darn cool duet.
Run D.M.C. “Christmas in Hollis” (1987)
Because RUN D.M.C. has never been afraid to do, well, anything. From the same group that brought you the crossover classic, “Walk This Way,” it’s a hip-hop Christmas, from Queens.
Eurythmics, “Winter Wonderland” (1987)
One of the best bands of the 80’s. “Sweet Dreams” are made of songs like this, at least during Christmas.
Wham! “Last Christmas” (1984)
Jimmy Eat your heart out! The original version of the song, slower and sweeter. Well, maybe not sweeter. That’s a tough one.
U2 “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) (1987)
This song has been covered literally a million times. Okay, more like figuratively, but still, literally dozens of times (and this time we really do mean “literally”). This is probably the best known version, however, recorded during the apex of U2’s seemingly 15 year long apex.
Band Aid “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” (1984)
The famine in Ethiopia during 1983 through 1985 led to more than 400,000 deaths. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to help provide relief to those in need. Featuring nearly 50 of the biggest artists of the day, it has become one of the top selling Christmas songs of all time.
The Waitresses “Christmas Wrapping” (1981)
It’s a story of the holiday blues that led to a Christmas miracle. Maybe not miracle, but a “very happy ending.” One of the best Christmas songs ever written, no list in any era would be complete without it.
Honorable mention: Hall & Oates “Jingle Bell Rock”