John Mellencamp – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” – (1987)

This is easily the best version of this song. Mellencamp really takes a 1950s Christmas standard (kinda) and rocks it. This was another radio-friendly Christmas hit from the first charity album A Very Special Christmas (there are a series of them) that benefitted the Special Olympics. The other big hit from this was Bruce Springsteen’s “Merry Christmas Baby.”

This song has a very country-rock feel to it. It’s like a hillbilly orchestra going on in the background. Someone is clearly playing the cow-bell and I’m pretty sure that’s a banjo… in a Christmas song? Very cool.