It’s A Rockin’ Holiday! The Eagles! John Lennon! Paul McCartney! Kelly Clarkson! Hall & Oates!

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Time For Some Christmas Music Magic!

There is nothing better than holiday music – everyone from Paul McCartney to his long-time writing partner John Lennon have written hit holiday singles:

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono were aggressively fighting the US government at the time about the country’s involvement in Vietnam.

There are no videos of the song being performed, but if you click here you can hear the song and get many of the fascinating stories behind the song’s creation:

https://johnrieber.com/2019/12/22/happy-xmas-war-is-over-john-lennons-powerful-anti-war-christmas-song-five-great-holiday-classics/

John Legend just did a version of the song as well…beautiful:

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McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” Money Maker!

Paul McCartney’s ode to the holiday season is also his biggest money-making hit! I guess 30 years of constant airplay adds up! You can see the video here:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/12/17/paul-mccartneys-wonderful-christmastime-maccas-big-money-holiday-hit/

I was happy that The Eagles joined in the holiday spirit – with a gorgeous Christmas song and a raucous New Years one as well!

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The Eagles Come Home For Christmas!

“Please Come Home for Christmas” was the band’s cover version of a 1960 holiday song – a plaintiff wail for a lost lover to return for the holidays…

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The immediately recognizable voice of Don Henley kicks it off in classic Eagles style…

“Bells will be ringing this sad sad news
Oh what a Christmas to have the blues
My baby’s gone I have no friends
To wish me greetings once again

Choirs will be singing “Silent Night”
Christmas carols by candlelight
Please come home for Christmas
Please come home for Christmas

If not for Christmas by New Years night…”

Unfortunately, I cannot find a live version or music video, but here is the gorgeous audio only version to share with you:

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The Eagles Go Top 20!

The Eagles released the song as a holiday single in 1978. Their version peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the first Christmas song to reach the Top 20 on that chart since Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Paper” in 1963!

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The Eagles Offer Up A “Funky New Year” Too!

“Please Come Home For Christmas” is a truly beautiful ballad – but for the end of that year, the band also offered up another holiday song – but now, it was time to party!

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“Funky New Year!”

This song was the b-side to their Christmas single, and was written by Don Henley, Glenn Frey and Glenn Lewis. It is a great way to celebrate the new year!

“Went to a party just last night
Wanted to bring the year in right
Woke up this morning I don’t know how
Last night I was a happy man, but the way I feel right now
It’s gonna be a FUNKY NEW YEAR
FUNKY NEW YEAR
Ooo, Ahh, got to be a FUNKY NEW YEAR
FUNKY NEW YEAR
Can’t remember when I ever felt worse
Nothing matters and everything hurts
They were passin’ round the bottle, made me feel brand new
Trouble with the new man he wants a hit too, hit me
FUNKY NEW YEAR”

Hall and Oates Home For Christmas

Daryl Hall and John Oates have put out a terrific holiday album, check out the video for their “Jingle Bell Rock” here:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/12/07/its-a-hall-oates-holiday-classic-christmas-music-macy-greys-santa-claus-shoutout/

Kelly Clarkson has a new holiday song that is beautiful and an instant classic:

“Under The Mistletoe” has a gorgeous duet between Kelly and Brett Eldrege, you can click here to see that video, plus Kelly’s incredible rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Hard Candy Christmas” as a bonus!

https://johnrieber.com/2020/12/20/kelly-clarkson-sings-hard-candy-christmas-kellys-new-christmas-classic-under-the-mistletoe-performance/

And speaking of collaborations, let’s not forget the most unique holiday duet of all:

Who could have imagined that David Bowie, at the time one of the hottest Artists on the planet, would do a holiday song with legendary Hollywood crooner Bing Crosby!

Click here to see the story behind the collaboration on “The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth” – and how that latter song came to be!


https://johnrieber.com/2020/12/13/david-bowies-holiday-duet-with-bing-crosby-the-little-drummer-boy-peace-on-earth-the-inside-secrets-of-this-holiday-classic-2/

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Leave a comment with your favorite holiday hits!



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9 replies

  1. I can pretty much listen to anything that The Eagles sing, but I think this is one of the better Christmas sounds around. Don Henley has the most sultry voice. Too bad we didn’t get the usual outstanding harmonies.

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  2. Great songs, John, especially McCartney’s song. The Kelly duet is just beautiful. And who knew Crosby and Bowie would make a duet? Really nice, John. Thank you.

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  3. I love that Eagles Christmas song. Thanks! Wishing you and your lovely wife a very Merry Christmas. xo

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  4. Have you seen McCartney recently, John? This was him last Saturday.
    https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/strictly-fans-baffled-paul-mccartney-23195734
    He looks like one of the ‘Undead’. Refusing to age, despite being 78 years old.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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