Same Old Lang Syne (Dan Fogelberg)
This wistful, autobiographical ballad written by Fogelberg is only tangentially a “Christmas” song. In fact it’s more a New Year’s Song since the title and end melody evokes Auld Lang Syne, traditionally sung on 31 December to farewell the old year and usher in the new. But the song is set on Christmas Eve which makes it festive enough to warrant being branded “yuletide”. The song was released just before Christmas in December 1980. It peaked at #9 for two weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 February 21 and 28 charts in 1981.
Fun fact: The story told in the lyrics, of Fogelberg meeting up with an old lover and reminiscing, is apparently true.
The theme for Bestest Song Club December 2015 is: Bestest Modern Christmas Songs.
Criteria: Song must have been recorded no earlier than 1980.