Hearing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's majestic and enduringly heart-warming "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" today -- just as the U.S. War in Iraq was officially declared over -- reminded me that some great Christmas songs hold up better than others. John and Yoko's Xmas masterpiece was released almost exactly 40 years ago, and retains all of its power and cultural heat. Here's a list of ten Christmas songs that never get old for me even during this holiday season when it can be difficult to hear anything but seasonal classics.
As always, please share your all-time holiday favorites below. And while you're at it, don't forget to check out CMA Country Christmas this Saturday night on ABC --- for which I got to write about some of the other great songs of this season.
HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) - John & Yoko/The Plastic Ono Band & Harlem Community Choir
RUN RUDOLPH RUN - Chuck Berry
FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK - The Pogues with Kristy MacColl
2000 MILES - The Pretenders
THIS CHRISTMAS - Donny Hathaway
SANTA LOOKED A LOT LIKE DADDY - Buck Owens and His Buckaroos
CHRISTMAS IN HOLLIS - Run DMC
MERRY CHRISTMAS (I DON'T WANT TO FIGHT TONIGHT) - The Ramones
FROSTY THE SNOWMAN - The Ronettes
CHRISTMAS WRAPPING - The Waitresses