(YouTube playlist of 24 great 80s Christmas songs, starting with “Run, Run, Rudolph” by Bryan Adams)
The 80s featured some of the greatest music ever made. Those lucky enough to enjoy the Decade of Excess were treated to all sorts of awesome Christmas songs playing at the mall, in their family car—wherever—from the heartwarming to the all-out crazy and silly.
In 2016, we’ve taken 12 of our favorites from our playlist and shared them on our Facebook page. Some, however, deserve more than just a quick share and should be highlighted and remembered for the great Christmas songs they are—no matter what mood they invoke.
Great Songs from Our Christmas
No 80s Christmas song list would be complete without some tunes from Our Christmas. The first iteration of the Our Christmas series came out in the 80s and was so successful it has continued on until today. Some greats from that first album include:
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” by the Pointer Sisters
“Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)” by U2
An 80s Christmas Song With Jon Bon Jovi, R2-D2 and C-3PO
Which other decade can boast this: a young Jon Bon Jovi singing lead vocals, and the most famous Star Wars droids of all time? It’s all here in a song from Meco’s Christmas in the Stars: Star Wars Christmas Album, called “R2-D2, We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” It’s all that and more with a cute choir of children singing along in R2’s musical Christmas greeting.
Lesser-Known 80s Christmas Song Gems
Not every song song that made airtime on 80s radio hit it big—but they may have if they had been played more. Two songs that stand out from the crowd among all the rest of the 80s pop Christmas carols include a couple very pretty ballads.
“It’s Christmas (All Over the World)” by New Edition
“Little Town” by Sir Cliff Richard
The Most Quintessential 80s Christmas Song Ever: “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band-Aid
And of course, no 80s Christmas song list would be complete without “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” by Band-Aid. It embodies everything 80s: a talented group of 80s musicians, synthesizers and the concept of a song promoting a charitable cause a la “We are the World.”