80's Christmas Songs

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Christmastime (Bryan Adams)
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The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth (Bing Crosby, David Bowie)
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2000 Miles (The Pretenders)
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Last Christmas (Wham!)
Away In A Manger (Reba Mcentire)
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Christmas Without You (Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton)
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Fairytale Of New York (The Pogues, Kirsty Maccoll)
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All I Want For Christmas Is You (Vince Vance And The Valiants)
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Christmas In Dixie (Alabama)
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Christmas In Hollis (Run-D.M.C.)
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Christmas In The Carribean (Jimmy Buffett)
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Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You (Billy Squier)
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Merry Christmas Baby (Bruce Springsteen)
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Christmas Time Is Here (Ray Parker Jr.)
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Christmas Vacation (Mavis Staples)
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Christmas Wrapping (The Waitresses)
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Colorado Christmas (The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
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Deck The Halls (Mannheim Steamroller)
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Do They Know It's Christmas? (Band Aid)
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Easier Said Than Done (Jon Anderson)
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Gabriel's Message (Sting)
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Happy New Year (ABBA)
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Hard Candy Christmas (Dolly Parton)
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It Must Have Been The Mistletoe (Our First Christmas) (Barbara Mandrell)
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It's Christmas (Ronnie Milsap)
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It's So Close to Christmas (And I'm So Far From Home) (The Bellamy Brothers)
Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) (The Ramones)
Merry Christmas Strait To You (George Strait)
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Merry Christmas Santa Claus (You're a Lovely Guy) (Max Headroom)
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Oiche Chiun (Silent Night) (Enya)
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Rock & Roll Christmas (George Thorogood)
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Same Old Lang Syne (Dan Fogelberg)
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Tennessee Christmas (Amy Grant)
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Thank God It's Christmas (Queen)
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This One's For The Children (New Kids On The Block)
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You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Neil Diamond)
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Father Christmas (The Kinks)
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Feast Of Lights (They Might Be Giants)
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Hey Santa (Wilson Phillips)
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (John Mellencamp)
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The Little Drummer Boy (Bob Seger)
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If you've lived through the 80's like us you could well have a love/hate relationship with your memories of the time. The music is often unfairly viewed as somewhat disposable (one could blame Stock, Aitken and Waterman for that) but you can't argue that back in those Day-Glo times a good chorus was key to every chart hit. Not surprisingly then given the way the decade was set up there was a boom time for 80s Christmas songs. These are songs that have for the most part held up pretty well over the decades and remain central to our Christmas music soundtrack each year.

For a decade that gave us new romance, synth pop and jangling guitars you'd not be too surprised that our list of the best 80 s Christmas songs has plenty of variety. A song for every mood you might say which more or less is what you'll experience over the holidays anyway whether listening to music or not! All the classics are here from Wham's forlorn paean to lost love called 'Last Christmas' to the Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's story of rotten love on 'Fairytale of New York'. Not that you have to be downbeat in anyway because if 80s Christmas music gave us anything it was the chance to have a rollicking good time. The Waitresses and their 'Christmas Wrapping' should get you up and dancing, John Mellencamp's 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' will set the tempo on your jive and ABBA will bring the house down with their torch anthem 'Happy New Year'.

We'll reserve a special mention for Enya's 'Oiche Ciuin' because it is perhaps the best musical companionship imaginable for Christmas Eve. Softly focused and about as beautiful a rendition there is of 'Silent Night' Enya’s music was just made for occasions such as Christmas Eve. And if thoughts of solemnity and frosted windows aren't your cup of tea you can always give Jimmy Buffett's tropical 'Christmas In The Caribbean' a whirl.

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