The Best Christmas Rock Music Instrumentals

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Looking for the best Christmas rock music instrumentals? Look no further! Here are our top picks for the best holiday tunes to get you in the festive spirit.

Jingle Bell Rock by Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans

This Christmas rock music classic was originally recorded in 1962 by American group Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans. The song was written by Joe Beal and Jim Boothe, and it reached No. 6 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1962. Jingle Bell Rock has been covered by many artists over the years, including Brenda Lee, Alvin and the Chipmunks, and BobbyHelms.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” is a song written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and first sung on radio by Eddie Cantor in 1934. It became a Christmas standard and was later performed by many artists, including Bruce Springsteen, who released it as a single in 1985.

Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry

Run Rudolph Run is a Christmas rock song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Chuck Berry in 1958. The song was inspired by the story of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was originally released as a single on Chess Records in October 1958 and reached number 22 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December of that year. The single was reissued by Chess in 1963 and peaked at number 69 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee

Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958. The song has been covered by many artists and was once described as “one of the all-time pop classics”.

A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives

This song has been a holiday classic since it was first released in 1964. It has been covered by many artists, but Burl Ives’ version is the most well-known. The lyrics tell the story of a family celebrating Christmas together and enjoying the festive season. The music is upbeat and cheerful, making it the perfect choice for a Christmas party or gathering.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Jackson 5

This 1971 hit by The Jackson 5 is a fun, cheerful Christmas tune that has become a holiday classic. The catchy melody and upbeat rhythm make it a great choice for any Christmas party or gathering.

Frosty the Snowman by The Ronettes

Frosty the Snowman by The Ronettes is a Christmas classic that has been recorded by numerous artists over the years. This particular version by The Ronettes is a favorite among many, and it features some of the most memorable and moving lyrics of any Christmas song. If you’re looking for a Christmas rock instrumental that will get you in the holiday spirit, this is the one you need to hear.

Merry Christmas Baby by Otis Redding

“Merry Christmas Baby” is a holiday classic originally performed by R&B artist Otis Redding. The song has been covered by many artists over the years, but Redding’s version remains the most popular. It features a simple, catchy melody and Redding’s trademark soulful vocals. The lyrics are traditional Christmas fare, wishing the baby of the title a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Please Come Home for Christmas by Eagles

This song was released in 1978 and was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Bob Seger. The Eagles originally released this tune as a single, and it sold over two million copies! “Please Come Home for Christmas” has been covered by many different artists through the years, but the Eagles’ version is still the most popular. This ballad speaks of a soldiers’ longing to be back home with his loved ones during the holidays.

White Christmas by Bing Crosby

White Christmas is a 1942 Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. Originally written for the movie Holiday Inn, the song became one of the best-selling singles of all time. Several versions of White Christmas have been made, but the most popular is Bing Crosby’s rendition, which he recorded with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in May 1942. On October 7, 1942, Crosby’s recording of White Christmas was released as a single by Decca Records; it quickly rose to No. 1 on Billboard’s pop singles chart, where it stayed for 11 weeks. A few weeks later, on December 25, it also became the No. 1 song on Billboard’s newly created holiday chart (a position it held for several decades).

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