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Top 100 Christmas Songs

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81. "This One's for the Children" - New Kids On the Block (1989)

New Kids on the Block - Merry, Merry Christmas
Courtesy Sony

As part of their platinum album Merry, Merry Christmas, New Kids on the Block released this top 10 pop hit

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82. "12 Days of Christmas" - Bob and Doug McKenzie (1981)

Bob & Doug McKenzie - The Great White North
Courtesy Sony

Bob and Doug McKenzie are the fictional brothers who hosted the "Great White North" segment of Canadian sketch comedy show SCTV. The brothers were portrayed by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. At the peak of their popularity they released this unique take on the classic "12 Days of Christmas" song.

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83. "Christmas In America" - Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo (2001)

Pat Benatar - Go
Courtesy Bel Chiasso

Pat Benatar capped her pop and rock career with her own Christmas classic. That's husband Neil Giraldo on guitar.

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84. "Merry Xmas Everybody" - Slade (1973)

Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
Courtesy Polydor

Glam rockers Slade unleashed this single on British pop fans in late 1973, and it promptly became the band's 6th #1 single. It is often considered the top British working class Christmas song.

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85. "'Zat You Santa Claus?" - Buster Poindexter (1987)

Buster Poindexter
Courtesy RCA

New York Dolls lead vocalist David Johansen made a big comeback in the late 1980's with his lounge singing alter ego Buster Poindexter.

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86. "Mele Kalikimaka (The Hawaiian Christmas Song)" - Bette Midler (2006)

Bette Midler - Cool Yule
Courtesy Columbia

The title "Mele Kalikimaka" comes from a Hawaiian mispronunciation of the phrase "Merry Christmas." Bette Midler revived this mid-20th century tune in this version from her album Cool Yule.

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87. "A New York Christmas" - Rob Thomas (2002)

Rob Thomas - A New York Christmas
Courtesy Atlantic

This Christmas song was the first solo single release from Rob Thomas, lead vocalist of Matchbox Twenty.

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88. "We Need a Little Christmas" - Mitzi Gaynor (1967)

Mitzi Gaynor
Photo by Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images

When Patrick Dennis' comic novel Auntie Mame was turned into a musical in 1966, it needed a Christmas tune for a key point in the plot. Mitzi Gaynor performed this version on a classic celebrity Christmas TV special in 1967

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89. "Leroy, the Redneck Reindeer" - Joe Diffie (1995)

Joe Diffie - Mr. Christmas
Courtesy Epic

Country singer Joe Diffie has had some of his greatest success recording novelty songs. This tale informs everyone of Rudolph's forgotten cousin Leroy.

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90. "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" - Wizzard (1973)

Wizzard - I Wish That Everyday Were Christmas
Courtesy Harvest Records

Led by Roy Wood, the pop-rock group Wizzard released this single at home in the UK in late 1973. Unfortunately, it was prevented from hitting #1 on the pop singles chart by Slade's classic "Merry Xmas Everybody." That's Roy Wood with the white hair and beard in the video.

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