5 Best Christmas Songs For A Kid Of The '70s
We wrote HERE about what the best Christmas songs are for a kid who grew up in the '80s. Since I (Dave Philp, your YouChoose Chief Organizer Guy) was born in 1968, my first conscious years of existence took place in the 1970s. By the end of the decade, I was ready to think about more than just toys, bike riding, and playing with cap guns. Sit yourself down and meditate about your early years. For me, doing that brings up songs by Elton John, the Kinks, Stevie Wonder... You konw. At Christmas time, the list below comes to mind. Wear big collars as you jingle your bells, mmkay?
5 Best Christmas Songs For A Kid Of The '70s
1. "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over) - John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band
Oh yes, it is played with quite a ferocity these days. So much that you want to turn it off, ironically, right as John sings the word "Christmas." It's too bad, because, as a song, it's truly great. It starts quietly, just voice and acoustic guitar, and by the end, you've got a full children's choir (from the Harlem Community Choir) and a full band rocking away. Back in the '70s, the song wasn't overplayed yet. In fact, it never even charted on any U.S. pop charts. It became a staple of radio playlists without the need for a massive marketing campaign to propel it forward.
2. "Father Christmas" - The Kinks
Some comedy for Christmas, in a way, from The Kinks. The video quality for this 1977 track is pretty awful, but the song is memorable, especially today. "Give my daddy a job 'cause he needs one. He's got lots of mouths to feed." I bet there were a lot of kids asking for that this year from their local Santa Claus.
3. "I Believe In Father Christmas" - Greg Lake
From 1975. Lake was a member of the progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer. This is his only solo "hit" song.
4. "Step Into Christmas" - Elton John
Do you realize that Elton John was a more successful artist in the '70s than nearly any other artist - solo or band? Between 1972 and 1975, he had 7 consecutive albums reach #1. And they just didn't stay #1 for a week. The double-album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, for example, was #1 for two months. "Step Into Christmas" was a 1973 release that, today, is much like "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)," recognized as a classic but overplayed to the point of switching the dial. Or is it just that I'm a Grinch?
5. "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth" - David Bowie & Bing Crosby
Is it bad that I remember when this was on TV the first time? It was 1977 and I don't think I knew who David Bowie was, yet. I knew some of his music, I assume, but didn't know him. Funny enough, I knew who Bing Crosby was. This was an instant classic, a great older artist/newer artist duet before Sinatra and Tony Bennett turned in that direction at the end of their careers (sure, Tony is still living, but he's all about the duets now). If you want to see a more modern take on the video above, check out Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly's version.
Were you a kid of the '70s? What are the Christmas songs you remember from way back then? C'mon, tell us. Like, now.
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