Artist – Bryan Adams
Album – Christmas Time Single/Various Holiday Compilations
Year – 1985
Genre – Holiday/Rock
Well everyone, since Christmas is right around the corner, I figured that this would be a good time to start adding some of my favorite holiday tunes to this list. Now as I’m sure you’ll see later on, I love good old traditional Christmas hymns. You know, “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Joy to the World” and all of those songs. However, that doesn’t mean I can’t find really great Christmas songs from a more modern time. Case in point is Bryan Adams’ “Christmas Time.” This is one of my favorite modern holiday songs, so I figured it gets to go first.
This has to be one of the catchiest Christmas rock songs written in my opinion. The chord progression is obviously very pleasing throughout, and although the instrumentation is very 80’s, the guitar still sounds clean and rings out to create this great clear sound. It’s a simply constructed song, but Adams’ voice is powerful and melodic. However he still keeps that grittiness in his voice so you can still tell it’s a Bryan Adams song.
The song exudes this feeling of nostalgia like so many other holiday songs. It really brings out feelings of past memories of Christmas with the lyrics that speak of the peace and joy that come around only once a year. It really is a blissful time for everyone, all captured across a background of snow and shopping and Santa. The church bell and jingle bell sound really add to the mood.
The whole song captures your attention so that you have to sing along. As the song builds, it becomes more triumphant and uplifting. The bridge and final choruses are really something else and end the song very well. Sometimes a really catchy Christmas song like this is exactly what you need to really enjoy the love and happiness all around during this time of year.
In short, this song is a catchy must have for the Christmas Season. Underneath it’s sugary sweet frame is a message to appreciate the happiness and joy found during Christmas and to be kind and generous to all. It’s a wonderful holiday song with an infections melody and a great message. Though you may be hard pressed to find this song, it’s definitely worth a spot if you can. More holiday songs to come everyone!
Let me know in the comments below what you think of the song or review!