A Christmas Eve playlist for the holiday rocker - Reverb

A Christmas Eve playlist for the holiday rocker

When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played Denver last month, the Boss donned a Santa hat to rock his popular rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”

The long and tumultuous rock and Christmas relationship is as varied as Elvis playing “Blue Christmas,” Chris Issak covering “White Christmas” and the Los Lobos performing “Rudolph the Manic Reindeer.”

Greg Lake — of Emerson, Lake and Palmer along with King Crimson — sang “I Believe In Father Christmas” to protest commercialized Christmas. Similarly, Jackson Browne wrote “The Rebel Jesus” — recorded with the Chieftans — as a Christmas song with political undertones.

Here’s a seasonal playlist with Christmas music — old and new, originals and covers — to serve as soundtrack to your merry Christmas.

Bob Seger, “Little Drummer Boy”
The Fray, “O Holy Night”
Aaron Neville, “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Dan Fogelberg, “I Saw Three Ships”
Sarah McLachlan, “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Chris Isaak, “Brightest Star”
Elvis Presley, “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
Shawn Colvin, “Little Road To Bethlehem”
Los Lonely Boys, “Away in a Manger”
James Taylor, “Who Comes This Night”
Steve Winwood, “Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand”

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Colleen Smith, a longtime freelancer at The Denver Post, is the author of the novel “Glass Halo” and the gift book “Laid-Back Skier.”