Christmas Time (Bryan Adams song)

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"Christmas Time"
Single by Bryan Adams
B-side "Reggae Christmas"
Released Late 1985
Format 7" single
Recorded 1985
Genre Rock
Length 4.10
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance
Producer(s) Bob Clearmountain, Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance
Bryan Adams singles chronology
"Christmas Time"
"Heat of the Night"

"Christmas Time"
"Heat of the Night"

"Christmas Time" is a song by Canadian rock singer-songwriter Bryan Adams. It was written by Adams and Jim Vallance[1] and became Adams' most popular Christmas song. It was originally released on clear, green vinyl with a picture sleeve. It was written and recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. No music video was shot for the song. Over thirty years after it was first recorded, the song still receives significant radio airplay each year during the Christmas season.

The B-side is "Reggae Christmas", written by Jim Vallance in 1978 after a chance meeting with Ringo Starr. Although Starr never recorded it, Adams went on to do his version in 1984, adding a new bridge section. It was first released as a fanclub-only single on colored vinyl in December 1984, with a Christmas message by Adams and his band on the B-side (entitled "Plum Pudding"). Subsequently, "Reggae Christmas" ended up as the B-side to all pressings of "Christmas Time", from 1985 onwards. There was a live video made by MTV for its "Reggae Christmas", featuring a guest appearance by Pee Wee Herman.

Track list[edit]


  • "Christmas Time"


  • "Reggae Christmas"


Despite being listed as a bonus track to the 1983 album Cuts Like a Knife on the Bryan Adams website,[2] there is no official version of the album with "Christmas Time" on it. The song has in fact been absent from any official Bryan Adams release thus far, alike its B-side "Reggae Christmas".

The song is, however, available on these compilation albums:

  • The Christmas Hit Collection (Arcade, 1989)
  • The Best of Rock Christmas (Polystar, 1995)
  • A Musical Christmas from The Vatican DVD (2002)
  • The Very Best of Rock Christmas (Polystar, 2005)
  • A Canadian Christmas (2005)
  • Christmas #1 Hits (2006)
  • Now Christmas 3 (Warner Music Canada, 2008)


Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985–86) Peak
Australia (Kent Music Report)[3] 64
Canada Top Singles (RPM) 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 67
Ireland (IRMA) 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[5] 33
Norway (VG-lista)[6] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 19
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 18
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 55
US Billboard Top Tracks[9][citation needed] 31
Chart (2009) Peak
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[7] 50
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[8] 91
Chart (2016–18) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[10] 39
Germany (Official German Charts)[11] 36
Poland (Polish Airplay Top 100)[12] 41