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The Best Christmas Rock Songs for Your Ugly Sweater Party

6 Hits from When Everyone Had a Christmas Tune. 


Looking for a Christmas party playlist that never lets up? Trying not to play “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” eight times in a row?  These six tunes from the height of Christmas Rock popularity should keep your Ugly Sweater Party raging into the wee hours of the morning.


“Step Into Christmas” Elton John

What better way to start a Christmas party than to have your guests “step into” it? See what I did there? Playing this fun Elton John classic while ugly sweater-adorned guests cross your threshold will start the night off right.


“Wonderful Christmastime” Paul McCartney

Now that the guests have arrived and appetizers are being served, how can everyone not be having “a wonderful Christmastime”? That’s the last one, I promise. This joyous Yuletide opus will keep the eggnog flowing and mistletoe hanging. Don’t forget the pigs in a blanket!


“Christmas All Over Again” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

With everyone finally settled and the appetizers depleted, a tune to maintain the atmosphere is necessary. Tom Petty’s fun and thoughtful “Christmas All Over Again” will keep the vibes cozy as the entrees finally come out. 


“Father Christmas” The Kinks

Has a lull occurred within the festive atmosphere? Do your guests appear slightly weighed down by all the food and drink? The Kinks have a cure, and the cure is yelling, yelling at Santa Claus. Loading up this Christmas punk rock anthem will jolt your attendees back into the spirit of the season.


“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” U2

It’s dessert o’clock, but that doesn’t mean the party’s over just yet! While your guests sample a plethora of pies and pastries, why not play U2’s romantic and balladic Christmas number? The song will keep the energy high and celebration going. 


“Happy Xmas(War is Over)” John Lennon

The party will have to end sometime, despite the delectable desserts and protests by amicable family members. Sometimes a reflective yet festive note is the best one to close out an evening on. John Lennon has just the song to send every guest home with a tear in their eye and Christmas sparkle on their cheek.