As do my two favorite Christmas songs, of all time. Songs, not carols, mind. I’m talking popular music hits, here.

Both tunes were released in 1973, and it’s a toss-up as to which of them I prefer, over the other.

“Merry Xmas Everybody” is by Slade, an English rock band. Written by lead vocalist and guitarist Noddy Holder and bass player Jim Lea, it was Slade’s sixth number-one single, in the UK. It made the Christmas Number One slot in December 1973, and held that position for nine consecutive weeks, until February 1974.

The song has been re-released every decade since 1973, and spawned cover versions by numerous artists. And did I mention that it rocks? Because, it does.

“I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” was a 1973 hit for the English glam rock band, Wizzard. Written and produced by Wizzard front man Roy Wood, it reached number four in the UK singles chart, that year.

The song features lead vocals by Wood, with backing provided by “The Suedettes”, and the choir of The Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year. Additional noises were produced by “Miss Snob and Class 3C”.

And such cool noises they were, too.

Speaking of cool…

Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” appeared originally in the 1942 film musical “Holiday Inn.” The record went on to win an Academy Award, for Best Song From A Motion Picture.

My favorite mix of the tune is from 1954, and features the wailing Doo-wop tones of The Drifters.

Still sends chills up my spine. Good ones, though.

The quintessence of Christmas cool remains to this day in Nat King Cole’s 1961 rendition of “The Christmas Song.”

Cole recorded the song – sometimes known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” from its opening lyrics – at least three times, and wrote the tune himself, in conjunction with Mel Torme.

Rounding out my selection of old faves is “Fairytale of New York,” a classic folk ballad uniquely re-interpreted in 1987 by Irish folk / punk rockers The Pogues, and the late great songstress, Kirsty MacColl.

It ain’t genteel, but it is brilliant.

“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was written in 1934, and first performed on the Eddie Cantor radio show. Bruce Springsteen’s version has sold millions of copies since then, and seems to get played on the radio at Christmas time, like, every 5 minutes. God alone knows why. Can’t stand this version. Sorry.

Others in my bad wish list include:

“There’s No One Quite Like Grandma”, by the St. Winifred’s School Choir: A gut-churningly sweet lyric, sung by a bunch of school kids who should have spared us the agony by going outdoors, and doing something constructive. Like build a snowman.

“All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth” (Melissa Lynn): Yeah. Too much saccharin will do that, to you.

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” (Doctor Elmo Shropshire): She was the lucky one, believe me. Because she never had to listen to this.

“Please, Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk This Christmas): Country and Western music legend, John Denver. Pretending to be an 8-year old. Pleading to his father not to come home inebriated at Christmas, and pass out under the Christmas tree. Truly, the mind boggles.

Hope you all got a kick out of some of this, at least.

Keep rocking.

Peace.

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