Christmas Songs From The Eighties
I've seen a couple of New Wave compilations recently that feature eighties
artists heavily (Rhino has a New Wave eighties, The New Wave Connection has a
couple of CD's) and I thought this might be a neat list to start since it is
the Christmas season. I've started it off with a few classics, but I can't
remember as many as I would like to, so feel free to send me all the ones I
forget. Also, I'd like to list the names of various eighties christmas
compilations in case people want one, so I've started a seperate
Eighties Christmas Compilation ranking page.
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"12 Days Of Christmas ," by Bob and Doug Mackenzie
"12 Daze of Christmas," by Steve Ivings
Circa 1980:Recorded by a disc jockey who could imitate celebrities.
"2000 years of love," by 54-40
The same group that did the original version of "I Go Blind" later made popular by Hootie and the Blowfish.
"All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth," by Dread Zeppelin
Nothing says Christmas like an Elvis impersonator singing in the style of Led Zeppelin.
"All I Want For Christmas," by Timbuk 3
"Another Lonely Christmas," by Prince and the Revolution
The 1984 B-side of "I would die 4 u". About a lover who dies on Christmas day.
"Another Rock & Roll Christmas," by Gary Glitter (1984)
Album: 'Boys Will Be Boys'
"Baby (Please come home),"
They're singin' "Deck the halls" but it's not like Christmans at all...
Brilliant, discotastic, HiNRG vamp on the dancefloor...from LEGENDARY Disco Divas Bananarama!!
"Baby Please Come Home For Christmas," by Bon Jovi/The Eagles
"Baby Please Come Home For Christmas," by John Bon Jovi
Nothing says "Merry Christmas" quite like cheesy video with a model in it and if that model happens to be Cindy Crawford well.
"All I wanna do is drink beer for breakfast" is the first line, but towards the end, lead singer Paul Westerberg hollers "Have yourself a merry, merry little Christmas" so its still a Christmas song.
"Black Christmas," by Red Flag
Hauntingly beautiful song, also available in an upbeat dance remix.
"Blue Christmas," by Seymour Swine and the Squeelers (1980)
"Blue Christmas," by Shakin' Stevens (1982)
"Careless Santa," by Mono Puff
"Chistmas Time," by Chris Stamey Group
"Christmas Dance (Wann Gibt's Denn Hier Geschenke E," by Santa & Cluas
"Christmas in the Caribbean," by Jimmy Buffett (1985)
Album: 'Tennessee Christmas'
I believe part, if not all, of the video for this song took place in the Mtv studios with the VJs
"Christmas Is Coming," by The Payolas
A great XMAS song with the classic Depeche's gothic style
"Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You," by Sammy Hager
"Christmas Rappin'," by Kurtis Blow
"A Christmas Rhyme," by Audio Two
From the 1987 album Christmas rap.
Elton sings a Xmas song and makes women drool.
"Christmastime," by Aimee Mann & Michael Penn
"A Christmas To Remember," by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton
Title track from their CBS TV special in 1984.
"Christmas Was a Friend of Mine," by Fay Lovsky (1981)
From the Album Confetti of 1981. Became a minor top 40 hit in the Netherlands topping at 37 on 9 January 1982. Fay Lovsky is a female singer/keyboard player. The song became a major Christmas classic from the end of the eighties appearing on several Christmas compilation CD's.
"Christmas Wrapping," by The Waitresses
You can't have a page about Christmas music in the 80's without this one.
"Christmas," by Buzz of Delight (Featuring Matthew Sweet)
"Countdown to Christmas Partytime," by Three Wise Men (a.k.a. XTC)
"Countdown To Christmas Party Time,"
Another good Christmas song found on the same B-Side collection as "Thanks For Christmas"
"Dead By X-mas," by Hanoi Rocks
"Dingo Bells," by Telex
Looney Tunes album
"Do They Know It's Christmas," by Band Aid
British benefit 45 from 1984 to raise money for African famine.
"Driving Home For Christmas," by Chris Rea
Do not forget this one - it's one of the best and the moodiest seasonals of the 80s, and a leading track from Rea's The Christmas EP released in 1988 (and charted only at #53 in UK). Other songs are Joys Of Christmas (also released as a single in 1987), which sounds bluesy and recluse more than Christmas; Winter Song is quite nice, the fourth track is Footsteps In The Snow.
Nothing to add, just thought this song belonged. Thanks for the list! Having a 'friends' Christmas party and we are all teens from the 80's and this list brought some I had forgotten!
Nothing to add, just thought this song belonged. Thanks for the list! Having a 'friends' Christmas party and we are all teens from the 80s and this list brought some I had forgotten!
From the "Snow" EP. Included the both Frosty the Snowman and Winter Wonderland.
"Gift of Love," by The Boones
Accapella song that continues to be one of the most requested songs at Christmas.
B-side of "Cool It Now" 1985
A version done in trademark Belinda vocal...
Found on the Big 80's Christmas CD
"Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,"
This one is on the "A Very Special Christmas" CD, it took alot of guts for Chrissy to sing this, the lyrics "through the years we all will be together, if the fates allow" must have been hard on her, with losing two members of her band in years prior to this recording.
"I Believe in Father Christmas," by Greg Lake
Of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
"I'd Like to Spend Christmas With Santa," by Dolly Parton (1986)
A wonderful children's Xmas song from 'Smoky Mountain Christmas'.
No known recordings. Not available on CD. ~Editor
"Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant," by Siouxsie & the Banshees
"Israel," by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1981)
'Israel' - a true Xmas song!
Album: 'Once Upon a Time: The Singles'
From the 1985 movie Santa Claus.
Song from the 1983 film soundtrack "Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life" it is a true comedy classic holiday song
"It's Christmas," by Modern Talking
From In the garden of Venus The 6th album 1987
"I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas,"
by Bon Jovi
Recorded for the 1989 album, "A Very Special Christmas" to benefit the Special Olympics.
"Last Christmas," by Wham (1986)
Nice, warm, cozy and lovely Xmas song. Perfect for you and that special someone. You'll LOVE it!
Album: 'Music from the Edge of Heaven'
Ohmigod, totally 80's...supposed to be like, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," but updated for the 80's. Found on the "Merry, Merry Christmas" album.
"Little Drummer Boy," by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Bonus track on their 1982 "I Love Rock and Roll" album, it was also released as single first in 1981. The song was featured in the 1983 film "Class" starring Rob Lowe and Andrew McCarthy.
"Little Drummer Boy," by Miracle Legion
"Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight),"
by The Ramones
"Merry Christmas Everyone," by Shakin' Stevens
"A Merry Jingle," by The Gredies
"Merry Xmas Everybody," by Slade
This song really make me look forward to Xmas :)
"The Night Santa Went Crazy," by Weird Al Yankovic
A funny song about the night Santa went crazy
"O Holy Night," by Jon Anderson
The former lead signer of Yes did a very good Christmas album and does a great job covering this classic!
"One More Christmas Catalog," by Captain Sensible
Blue collar worker gets off work on Christmas Eve and spend the night getting drunk in a strip club. Hard to find but absolutely excellent Xmas song. Subtitled as "Santa Gets a B---job". (Don't think the song was ever released on an album.)
"Pipes of Peace," by Paul McCartney (1983)
The song is about the Christmas Truces of the Great War.
Album: 'Pipes of Peace'
"Power of Love," by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Very popular Xmas song with a video to match.
"Put A Little Love In Your Heart," by Al Green & Annie Lennox
Theme song to Scrooged soundtrack circa 1988.
"Red Over White," by Siouxsie and the Banshees (1984)
'Red Over White' - a haunted Xmas song. There are two versions. One is the flip side of 'Israel' - the other is from the EP entitled 'The Thorn'.
"Rock & Roll Christmas," by George Thorogood
"Rocking Around the Christmas Tree," by Kim Wilde and Mel Smith (Mel & Kim)
The songs about the artist running into an old Girlfriend on Christmas Eve.
Has Madonna been naughty or nice? OOOH very naughty, in fact it looks like she wants to get naughty with St. Nick
"Santa Clause Is Coming To Town," by Shark Island
1983 single with i'm electric on bside
"Santa Claus," by Throwing Muses
"Santa Got a D.W.I.," by Sherwin Linton (1989)
As pre teens we found the mere thought of Santa driving drunk quite amusing.
Album: 'Bummed Out Christmas!'
Lyrics mention turning on Christmas lights and setting up a Christmas tree.
One of my favorite 80's Christmas tunes, found on the EP Crackers International
"Silent Night ," by Peter Cetera (1988)
Peter Cetera sings this song. It's on Warner Brothers 'Winter Wonderland' promo tape.
"Sleigh Ride," by Alexander O'Neal
This song came around in '87. It's very upbeat and you can dance to it.
"Slick Nick (You Devil You),"
Christmas for the rest of us!
"Stop the Cavalry," by Jona Lewie
Very British Christmas hit from 1980. Wasn't originally going to be an Xmas song, but became one as it happened to be December.
"Thank God It' s Christmas,"
"Thanks For Christmas,"
the above song is played on the radio about once an hour during christmas time. its not on your list.
I firmly believe it's a Christmas Song.
"A Winters Tale," by David Essex
Isn't really a christmas song but does fit into the Christmas season.
"Winter Wonderland," by Harry Connick, Jr
Connick demonstrates his awesome skill in this New Orleans jazz-piano instrumental which appeared on the 1989 soundtrack for the movie "When Harry Met Sally"
VERY RARE, played on the radio in 83' and 84' only.
"A winterâ€TMs tale," by David Essex
Is it a Christmas song? Is it not a Christmas song? :)
"XMAS at K-Mart," by Root Boy Slim and the Sex Change Band with the Rootettes
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