BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Please Come Home For Christmas”

Something tells me this might not be the only battle on this song. I don’t care.

A couple of weeks ago in my M4 “Xmas Music Xtravaganza 2018” post, I included Charles Brown’s “Please Come Home For Christmas”, which he released in 1960 and reached #1 in 1972. A number of acts have covered it, most notably The Eagles in 1978. I’ve picked a couple that I like, and would like to know which you like better.

Jon Bon Jovi Bon Jovi covered the song for the 1992 album A Very Special Christmas 2, and it charted in the UK (#7) and Ireland (#6) in 1994.

Kelly Clarkson Kelly covered the song for her 2013 album Wrapped in Red, and it reached #6 on the US Adult Contemporary chart.

Okay, you know what to do: first, listen to both of these, decide which you like better, and vote by leaving a comment below, announcing your pick and a little abut why, if you’re so inclined. Next, visit Stephen’s Battle of the Bands blog and vote in his battle, and finally, visit all the other BotB participants (the list, with links, can be found in the right-hand column on Stephen’s blog) and vote in their battles. Remember, you don’t need to be a BotB participant to vote. I’ll announce the winner next Saturday, December 22, so have your vote in by then.

The lines are now open. Good luck to Jon and Kelly!

18 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: “Please Come Home For Christmas”

  1. This is a pretty good Christmas song and both are great but I go with Bon Jovi because I love the whole thing whereas Kelly, whom I was going to vote for first, lost me at the end when she went all American Idol near the end. So he gets my vote


  2. Both versions are good, but my vote goes to Jon Bon Jovi. I think he put more feeling into it. (And maybe the video was slightly influential; 😉 I know it shouldn’t be, but…)


  3. I liked the BON JOVI version better’n I anticipated I would. (However, I had to scroll down while listening, to remove the soft-porn video from my eyes before it adversely affected my opinion.)

    Kelly Clarkson was fairly good, but her vocals struck me as too mannered. (It seems to me this current generation of singers learned to sing by copying others and they haven’t really learned how to tap into their own personal life experiences as a way of expressing the sentiment in a song.)

    Vote: Bon Jovi

    A Merry Christmas, John, to you and yourn.

    ~ D-FensDogG @ STMcC Presents ‘BATTLE OF THE BANDS’

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  4. Both arrangements are pretty similar. In the end though, my taste is leaning more toward the Kelly Clarkson version. I liked her backing better–those strings gave it kind of a fifties/sixties kitsch as well as that “bolero” punch.

    Give my vote to Kelly.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  5. JBJ even though I’m a big Voice fan and KC is high on my list. Bon Jovi hit the notes better and sang the lyrical transitions smoother whereas KC was too choppy. And BJ had the hot babe…worth extra points any day.


  6. Both of these artists did a great job, but I have to go with JON BON JOVI. And by the way, I thought I’d seen every JBJ video out there, but apparently not.

    Kelly Clarkson can belt it out but she couldn’t best ole’ Jon-boy this time.

    Merry Christmas and happy new year, buddy!


  7. I was sure I’d pick KC but after listening to both Jon gets my vote. His tone is soothing and relaxing. Makes me want to slow dance around the Christmas tree.


  8. John,

    This was an easy decision for me after listening to the first few bars of each cover before going back to my preferred cover to play all the way through. My vote goes to Bon Jovi. Kelly Clarkson generally sounds too overproduced or showy sounding to suit my ears. Nice showdown!


  9. Oooooh, a tough battle. I like both versions. I have been a Kelly fan since she won American Idol about sixteen years ago. I like Bon Jovi even though “It’s My Life” annoyed me when it was super popular in middle school (it was everywhere). Nevertheless, I go with Jon Bon Jovi because I like his version slightly better.


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