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March 1995.Bruce Willis Stars In The New Die Hardd Movie. (Photo By Getty Images)

The debate around whether Die Hard is a Christmas movie has been around for years, but it really gained traction in 2018.  With that in mind, it’s about time we focus a similar energy on Christmas music.

At this point in the holiday season, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a lot of the same Christmas songs over and over again.  Nothing against some of the classics, but variety never hurt anyone, especially with five days left until Christmas. In the spirit of Die Hard now being widely considered a Christmas movie, consider these five classic rock songs as Christmas songs.  Enjoy!


“Jesus Is Just Alright”

I don’t care if it’s The Byrds cover, I don’t care if it’s The Doobie Brothers cover, “Jesus Is Just Alright” is totally a Christmas song!  Its positive message is PERFECT for the holidays!

Jesus is Just Alright - Doobie Brothers

Performed by the Doobie Brothers in HD with stunning sound quality. This is a gospel song written by Arthur Reynolds and first recorded by Reynold's own group, The Art Reynolds Singers, on their 1966 album, "Tellin' It Like It Is."


“Psalm” – Roxy Music

Appropriate considering the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, think of “Psalm” as the cool, artsy cousin to “Jesus Is The Reason For The Season.”

Roxy Music - Psalm [Musikladen 1974-01-23]

Roxy Music performing "Psalm"-from their then-new album, 'Stranded'-live on Musikladen. With Sal Maida on bass. Recorded at Radio Bremen Studios, Bremen, West Germany - January 23, 1974.


“Jesus” – The Velvet Underground

(See explanation for “Psalm.”)

The Velvet Underground - Jesus

Title: Jesus Artist: The Velvet Underground Album:The Velvet Underground Released: March 1969 Label: Verve / MGM Format: CD, CS, LP


“Mistress For Christmas” – AC/DC

Okay…this one might already fall under the classification of a Christmas song, but it doesn’t get nearly enough airplay or attention.  At this point, “Mistress For Christmas” should be a holiday standard that everyone knows and loves, but sure, let’s just sing “Jingle Bells” again for the millionth time!

AC/DC - Mistress For Christmas - Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays! What did you get in your stocking this year? #MistressForChristmas


“Jesus Just Left Chicago” – ZZ Top

In this stellar ZZ Top track, Jesus is traveling from city to city spreading the magic of the blues, or at least we assume.  Hmmm…traveling from city to city and spreading magic? If that’s not the perfect premise for a Christmas song, I don’t know what is!

ZZ Top - Jesus Just Left Chicago (From "Double Down Live - 1980")

For more info - Double Down Live is a 2 DVD set from ZZ Top combining shows from 1980 and 2008. Disc one was filmed at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany for the Rockpalast TV series.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.