Being Iron Maiden never released a Christmas song, the weekly segment, Mandatory Maiden, was a double shot of two holiday tunes from Paul DiAnno. Both tracks – “White Christmas” and “Another Rock And Roll Christmas” - are from a British compilation called “Metal Christmas” released in 1994. Although it is labeled as Iron Maiden on many YouTube videos, no other members of Iron Maiden play on it.
Finding a Hanukkah song was rough, but thanks to google I this gem from Anvil. Seems the trio played a metalized rendition of the song “Hanukkah! Hanukkah” on a Canadian TV show a few years ago. Here is the video.
Angel’s “The Christmas Song” is twist on the song “The Winter’s Song”, found on their “White Hot” album. It was originally only available on a 7” single issued to radio stations, but it was included on their “Anthology” compilation. Little known trivia: The band hired the California Boys Choir to do background vocals for the song, and at the time, a very young Lenny Kravitz was in that choir. In an interview with Bryan Reesman for Grammy.com, Kravitz said of the experience, “The California Boys' Choir, that I was in at the time, was rated the second-best boys' choir in the world next to the Vienna Boys Choir. It was incredible, and being with them I sang with [conductor] Zubin Mehta on Mahler's third symphony, I performed with the [Los Angeles] Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera in New York, all kinds of things. I worked with great conductors like Erich Leinsdorf and Michael Tilson Thomas, [and] the Joffrey Ballet [in Chicago]. It was an incredible experience. One of the things that we did was sing on that Angel track called "The Winter Song." I remember the chorus was "winter winds on heaven and Earth". I do remember the session. I remember those guys with the long hair all dressed in white. They were like the anti-KISS.”
Lenny is on the far left.... In case you can't pick him out.
Angel also performed the song on American Bandstand… and here is the proof.
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King Diamond - No Presents For Christmas
AC/DC -Mistress For Christmas
Crimson Glory - Lady Of Winter
Spinal Tap - Christmas With The Devil
Twisted Sister - The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Ronnie James Dio - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Badlands - Winter's Call
Judas Priest - Out in the Cold
Dream Theater - O Holy Night
Paul DiAnno - White Christmas
Paul DiAnno - Another Rock And Roll Christmas.
Queen - Thank God It's Christmas
220 Volt - Heavy Christmas
Extreme - Christmas Time Again
Stryper - Winter Wonderland
Anvil - Hanukkah! Hanukkah!
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - A Mad Russian's Christmas
Angel - The Christmas Song
Halford - We Three Kings
Fight - Christmas Ride
Lemmy Kilmister - Run Rudolph Run
Zakk Wylde - White Christmas
Christopher Lee - The Little Drummer Boy