Let’s face it: some carols, in their traditional versions, can get stale. Avoid the tedium with our top five rock songs with gloriously festive themes.

Words | Mimi Franes

Eagles, Please Come Home For Christmas (1978)

Please Come Home For Christmas by Eagles is at the top of our list of the best Christmas rock songs. Originally written in 1960 by blues singer-pianist Charles Brown, Eagles covered it in 1978 and released it as a holiday single. The track has also been recorded by Jon Bon Jovi, Willie Nelson, and Kelly Clarkson.

The Kinks, Father Christmas (1978)

This track by North London group The Kinks tells a story through its lyrics, about a department store Santa who is beaten up by a gang of poor kids who tell him to give them money instead of toys. (They add that the toys should be given “to the little rich boys.”)

Smashing Pumpkins, Christmas Time (1997)

Christmas Time is the second track on the A Very Special Christmas 3 album, which was released towards the end of 1997. Billy Corgan – lead singer, primary songwriter and guitarist of Smashing Pumpkins – wrote the track.

The Ramones, Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) (1989)

Joey Ramone’s first draft of Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight) was written in a blues style, with suspended chords and electric drums. It later developed into the more pop-punk version we know today.

Cheap Trick, Come On Christmas

Come On Christmas was composed by Rick Nielsen (lead guitarist, primary songwriter and backing vocalist of Cheap Trick).