HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 21: (L-R) Executive producer Louis D'Esposito, actors Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Michael Rooker, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Benicio del Toro, Karen Gillan, Lee Pace, Director James Gunn and President of Marvel Studios/producer Kevin Feige attend The World Premiere of Marvel’s epic space adventure “Guardians of the Galaxy,” directed by James Gunn and presented in Dolby 3D and Dolby Atmos at the Dolby Theatre. July 21, 2014 Hollywood, CA (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special is out now on Disney Plus and it ROCKS!   It’s funny, warm, action-packed, sweet, and packed to the gills with awesome Christmas songs.

From the Pogues to Smashing Pumpkins to Kevin Bacon!   The special had one excellent holiday tune after another that truly added to the magic of it.

Check out East Side Dave’s Top 5 Songs From The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special and Happy Holidays to all!
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  • 5.) "I Don't Know What Christmas Is (But Christmastime Is Here)" by The Old 97's

    The magnificent special starts out with this hysterical song where an alien band (as played by The Old 97’s) attempts to make Peter feel better by singing about Christmas.   Unfortunately, they’re aliens and they don’t seem to understand the actual meaning of Christmas or Santa or anything else related to the holiday.

  • 4.) "I Want An Alien For Christmas" by Fountains Of Wayne

    Jersey’s own Fountains Of Wayne shows up on this instant-classic of a special and that’s straight-up awesome.   The song provides a jolt of electricity in what is a crazy and fun scene as Drax and Mantis try to chase down (and capture) Kevin Bacon to give him to Peter as a guest.

  • 3.) "Christmas Time" by The Smashing Pumpkins

    In maybe the most beautiful scene in the special…Peter walks out to see the strange planet of Nowhere decorated from ground to the sky with amazing Christmas lights.   The Pumpkins’ music kicks in and it’s absolutely awesome.

  • 2.) "Here It Is Christmastime" by Kevin Bacon & The Old 97's

    Another surprisingly emotional and sweet scene where the different people and aliens and animals in Guardians exchange Christmas gifts with one another.   One shouldn’t get a little teary when a talking racoon gets a dismembered arm for a Christmas present…but one does get teary…if they have a heart, that is.

  • 1.) "Fairytale Of New York" by The Pogues

    Maybe MY personal favorite Christmas song of all time…this classic by the Pogues not only starts the Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special…but the all-around wonderful special ends it with this legendary songw as well!   Amazing!