Happy Holidays! Since it’s the first year of my blog, and since it’s the last year for my Annual Holiday Show on my little 20-year-old 80s radio program, STUCK IN THE 80s (on WMPG community radio in Portland, Maine), I wanted to present to you THE 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS, or, 31 of my favorite 80s holiday musical treats.
The song for Day 6 of the 31 DAYS OF 80s XMAS SONGS is “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” by Wellesley, Massachusetts native, Billy Squier. It was originally the B-side to “My Kinda Lover,” the third single released from his second album, the excellent multi-platinum album, DON’T SAY NO.
“My Kinda Lover” debuted on the BILLBOARD Hot 100 in late November 1981, just in time for Xmas. There was even a video for “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” filmed right at MTV during the network’s first Xmas, and featuring Billy Squier playing guitar while surrounded by MTV employees and the MTV VJ’s.
“Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” would also see itself become an A-side that holiday season in a special holiday 7” release, with his version of “White Christmas” on the B-side. His original holiday classic been covered a few times, including covers by Jazz and Pop legend Darlene Love and 2006 American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee, who named her 2010 Xmas album after the song.
For 35 years, “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You” has been a holiday radio favorite, a holiday favorite with me, and indeed, Christmas IS the time to say I love “Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You”…