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Billboard Rock 'N' Roll ChristmasIn the 1990's, Rhino Records partnered with Billboard Magazine (the music industry's leading journal) to produce a long series of brief, budget-priced discs of generally excellent music. Most consisted, by definition, exclusively of top hits. Billboard Rock 'n' Roll Christmas (1994) ventured farther afield and, in the process, created one of the best collections of its sort. Perhaps the most distinguished aspect of the CD is the inclusion of often overlooked tracks by classic rockers like Foghat and Billy Squier. Nevertheless, I banished Rock 'n' Roll Christmas from my Top 20 Albums list solely on the basis of Weird Al Yankovic's hideous "Christmas At Ground Zero" - an indefensible, unlistenable selection. But, every other song approaches or achieves greatness. It's a mixed bag, but a it's a groovy bag.

Consumer Notes. Like Rhino's other Billboard collections, Rock 'N' Roll Christmas has just ten tracks. That said, the series includes four other pretty decent holiday discs: Greatest Christmas Hits 1935-1954, Greatest Christmas Hits 1955-Present, Greatest R'n'B Christmas Hits, and Greatest Country Christmas Hits. Two others exceed the bounbaries of hip: Billboard Family Christmas Classics and Billboard Top Christmas Hymns.

Albums Albums

SongsSongs

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You (Foghat, 1981)
  • Christmas Blues (Canned Heat, 1968)
  • Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You (Billy Squier, 1981)
  • Father Christmas (Kinks, 1977)
  • Little Saint Nick (Beach Boys, 1963)
  • Rock & Roll Christmas (George Thorogood & The Destroyers, 1983)
  • Run Rudolph Run (Dave Edmunds, 1982)
  • Santa Claus & And His Old Lady (Cheech & Chong, 1971)
  • Thank God It's Christmas (Queen, 1984)

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