I can’t believe Christmas Eve is just a night away. For all of us men out there, we better get started with our shopping.

If you’re looking for a few great places for the ladies in your life (like me) stop by Apricot Lane and Athleta in The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, Sophistikate on Main St. in Bethlehem, or Twice Chic Boutique in downtown Easton. These are a few of my favorite places that always seem to have that great item for the desperate last minute shopper.

As you begin (or if you’re lucky end) your shopping escapade, please pay no attention to those overplayed holiday songs that the retail outlets and radio stations have been overplaying for weeks now.

The holidays are one of the most wonderful times of year to be a fan of rock music. Music adds to every occasion and this season is no exception. So I’m here to brighten your shopping adventures and Christmas morning with a soon-to-be created epic playlist.

So bust out the eggnog and the mistletoe and start the creation of this holiday masterpiece. It’s sure to help you rock.

My top 10 holiday tunes are as follows:

10. Bob Seger and The Last Heard - “Sock it to Me Santa” – This Detroit legend delivers on this number with his raspy voice and clever lyrics.


9. Band Aid - “Do They Know It’s Christmas Time” – The original version in 1984 included a star-studded cast of musical royalty including Bono, Sting, Bob Geldof and a host of others. It took a hard look at the famine in Ethiopia and how no one on our planet should go hungry. I’d like to think things have changed?


8. The Kinks - “Father Christmas” – In typical “Kinks” fashion, these Brits belt out a classic tune about a retail store Santa who gets confronted by a group of disadvantaged children who have no interest in toys on the big man himself.


7. Elivs Presley - “Blue Christmas” – Come on now, you can’t have a rock n’ roll list of any kind without the King on it. And as many know about my fondness for Springsteen this was the final song that he ever performed with another big man, Clarence Clemons.


6.RUN-DMC - “Christmas in Hollis” – Everyone needs some high top Adidas sneakers and some gold rope chains. After all it’s Christmas, and these boys from Hollis, Queens, New York deliver on this legendary rap.


5. AC/DC - “Mistress for Christmas” – These hard rocking Australians have been pumping out rock n’ roll anthems for decades so it’s only fitting they have a Christmas jam on their resume.


4. Paul McCartney & Wings - “Wonderful Christmas Time” – Sir Paul definitely brings a smile to the season with this upbeat jam. Plus who doesn’t like a good synthesizer?


3. Billy Squier - “Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You” – Most recognized for his legendary track, “The Stroke,” this Massachusetts native delivers a great version of this classic as only he can with his high-pitched voice.


2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – The rockers from the Jersey shore check in at number two with their version of this classic. You better all be good for goodness sake.


1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - “Merry Christmas Baby” – Was there ever a doubt? Plus, Springsteen always calls for a double shot. This classic Christmas hymn takes top billing on my list.  So “Merry Christmas Baby and a Happy New Year too!”


So there you have it Lehigh Valley, one rocking’ list for you holiday listening pleasure. Good luck to all those guys starting their shopping excursions. If I see you I’ll buy you eggnog.

I’m always curious as to how others see things so let me hear your favorites. Happy Holidays!