Hudson Valley’s Most Underrated Christmas Songs Of All Time
We asked the Hudson Valley to give us their favorite, underrated Christmas songs and the list may surprise you.
Now before we get into what the Hudson Valley said, I need to share with you my absolute favorite Christmas song of all time. As a matter of fact, I will go on record saying this is the greatest rock n roll Christmas song ever recorded. The 1973 recording "Merry XMas Everybody" by British glam rockers Slade is in fact the greatest Christmas song of all time, and totally underrated. Just ask true old-school rockers, and they'll tell you it's the best. And just look at all the bands that Slade influenced over the years from diverse genres including Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Twisted Sister, Poison, Kiss, Cheap Trick to The Clash, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Runaways, and of course Quiet Riot (Two of the band's biggest hits were Slade covers: "Cum on Feel the Noize" and "Mama We're All Crazy Now". I have fond memories as a kid listening to the radio and hearing Slade's Christmas classic around the holidays. In fact, Christmas doesn't officially begin until you hear "Merry Xmas Everybody".
Many bands have covered Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" over the years, with the best cover versions probably being from Cheap Trick, Train, and German power metal band Blind Guardian.
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Check out the video for Slade "Merry Xmas Everybody" in all it's brilliance below:
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Now, onto what the Hudson Valley chose for Top 5 Most Underrated Christmas Songs:
5. Elton John- "Step Into Christmas"
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4. Run-DMC - "Christmas in Hollis"
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3. The Waitresses- "Christmas Wrapping"
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2. King Diamond- "No Presents for Christmas"
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1. Lou Monte - "Dominick The Donkey"
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I never would have thought Lou Monte's "Dominick the Donkey" would rank number 1 on this list, but it did!
Honorable Mentions: Check out some of these other great classic underrated holiday tunes that certainly could have made the list:
Lemmy Kilmister, Dave Grohl & Billy Gibbons- "Run Rudolph Run"
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Gary Hoey- "The First Noel"
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Tom Petty- "Christmas All Over Again"
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Greg Lake- "I Believe In Father Christmas"
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The Kinks- "Father Christmas"
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Band Aid- "Do They Know It's Christmas?"
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John Lennon& Yoko Ono- "Merry Christmas (War Is Over)
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Ramones- "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight"
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Billy Squier- "Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You"
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