#18 – Bobby Helms – “Jingle Bell Rock” – (1957)

Easily the best rockabilly Christmas song. While rock artists (such as The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, and even Lynyrd Skynyrd) have had success releasing Christmas music, there are very few successful rock-styled Christmas songs. That’s one reason that Bobby Helms’ classic has enjoyed air-play for the last 50 years: it’s unique. Other “jingle bell” related Christmas songs include Frank Sinatra’s excellent 1957 version of “Jingle Bells.” It is, perhaps, the most “50s” styled song I’ve ever heard. It’s so easy to picture Sinatra swaying around on stage with a glass of whiskey in one hand and a microphone in the other.