It’s the Christmas season and time to update my favorite holiday songs. I’m going a little off the typical offerings, so hopefully there will be one that will become your new favorite.

It’s Always Christmas Time – Al Jourgensen And Mark Thwaite

It’s Always Christmas TimeAl Jourgensen

Written and recorded by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen and The Mission’s Mark Thwaite, It’s Always Christmas Time was recorded at the Ministry compound in El Paso, Texas and was produced by Al Jourgensen in 2009.

Winter Wonderland – America

Winter Wonderland – America

Winter Wonderland came from the the 15th studio album Holiday Harmony by the rock duo America, released by Rhino Records in 2002. Produced by Andrew Gold, the album contains a number of traditional Christmas standards, some of which were recorded with distinct parallels to America’s hits. For example, the “la-la-la” refrain is strongly reminiscent of A Horse With No Name. The critics weren’t big fans of the album, but personally, I think it’s a fun interpretation of the classic song.

Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding

Merry Christmas BabyOtis Redding

Merry Christmas Baby, written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore in 1947, has been recorded by Chuck Berry, Ike & Tina Turner, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, and Melissa Etheridge, but Otis Redding’s version tops my list.

(There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays – Barry Manilow

(There’s No Place Like) Home For The HolidaysBarry Manilow

From his 2012 album The Classic Christmas Album is Barry Manilow with his rendition of (There’s No Place Like) Home For The Holidays. The music was composed by Robert Allen, with lyrics written by Al Stillman and was published in 1954.

Christmas Time – Bryan Adams

Christmas Time – Bryan Adams

Christmas Time by singer-songwriter Bryan Adams was written by Adams and Jim Vallance and became his most popular Christmas song. It was originally released on clear, green vinyl with a picture sleeve (which I incidentally own a copy). No music video was shot for the song when it was originally released, but on December 10, 2019, Adams released a video for the song on YouTube.

Wishing you and your family peace, joy and good health this holiday season and much success to you in 2022!

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