We all love Christmas parties when it gets to that time of year, but I get a bit bored of the same old Christmas themed music floating around the whole night. It’s always good to have variety and a genre that doesn’t often get played is rock.
For all you rockers out there, here are 5 songs which will be sure to bring the house down and keep the party fresh and interesting.
Rage Against The Machine – Killing in the Name
After a Facebook campaign set up by Jon Morton, a part-time rock DJ from Chelmsford, snowballed to immense popularity across the country, the Californian rap-metal band’s angst-ridden single from 1992 became the Christmas number one in 2009.
The song smashed X-Factor winter Joe McElderry’s ‘The Climb’ into number 2, breaking the inevitability of yet another unoriginal X-Factor contestant taking top spot.
Rock fans everywhere were celebrating this huge two-fingered salute to Simon Cowell and the painfully awful ITV programme. The band’s popularity resurfaced after a hiatus of nearly a decade and suddenly everyone was listening to them again.
This song needs to be played at Christmas to remind us all that, if you shout loud enough, your views will be heard. For Jon Morton, social media helped harbour his views.
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Who hasn’t sung this at the top of their lungs at some point in their life? If you can get an entire room full of people singing along to this power ballad of a rock song, the party will go on all night long.
Alternatively, ‘We Will Rock You’ or ‘We Are the Champions’ would rock the joint just as much as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.
Journey- Don’t Stop Believin’
Like the RATM song, this band’s popularity rose again through the American T.V. show Glee covering ‘Don’t Stop Believin’’, which put them back in the top 10 over Christmas ’09. The song stayed in the UK singles chart for a grand total of 69 weeks, hitting a peak at number 6.
The song has been everywhere in popular culture too, including Family Guy, The Sopranos, The Wedding Singer and Rock of Ages.
Beastie Boys – (You Gotta’) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)
Written by the late Adam Yauch for the rap group’s debut album Licensed to III, the song was originally intended to be a pastiche of other rock songs like Twisted Sister’s ‘I Wanna’ Rock’ in which their over-the-top, hair metal attitudes were the source of The Beastie Boy’s ridicule.
However, the song’s parody had fallen on deaf ears, so to speak, as the same guys who were banging their heads to Twisted Sister, were banging their heads to ‘Fight for Your Right’ too.
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Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
For the more classic rocker, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s defining hit may be a mellower number but it still packs a punch when it comes on at a party.
Like the Queen song on this list, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ is an absolute belter for Christmas parties because the light and clean tone to the guitar, coupled with Ronnie Van Zant’s smooth voice, makes it perfect for young kids to adults to sing to around the holiday decorations.
These are my personal favourites, what are yours?
Gavin Harvey is a personal trainer who loves to get into to the Christmas spirit nice and early with his favourite rock songs. He recommends ambius.com for any decorations you may need.