We love a good Christmas playlist here at Attitude Clothing, but of course we like to put our alternative twist on the occasion! Alternative Christmas Songs are one of the best ways to kick off the season. There are so many to choose from, but we’ve put together a shortlist of our favourites to get you started this Christmas! From pop punk heroes Blink-182 to the legend himself Corey Taylor, there’s something for every alternative music fan right here at Attitude Clothing. Turn up the volume and get into the festive spirit!
1. The Darkness: Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
Released: December 2003
Festive Fact: This song was tipped to reach number one in the official UK singles chart, but was beaten at the last minute by a cover of “Mad World”. Their battle for Christmas number one is considered one of the closest in recent years.
Our Favourite Lyric: “Don’t let the bells end Christmas time, just let them ring in peace.”
2. Corey Taylor – X-M@$
Released: December 2010
Festive Fact: Corey recorded this single for The Teenage Cancer Trust. Though the song makes it sound as though Corey isn’t a fan of Christmas, he took to YouTube to clarify that he enjoys Christmas as it means he gets to see his extended family. He actually just finds the frustration of people who don’t like Christmas hilarious.
Our Favourite Lyric: “Fa la la la la go fuck yourself!”
3. Reuben – Christmas Is Awesome
Released: December 2007
Festive Fact: This single was written as a semi-serious attempt at the Christmas number one spot. While the video was a huge success on YouTube with over 100,000 hits on the first day, an error in the VPL registration of the track led to its tragic disqualification from entry into the UK charts.
Our Favourite Lyric: “We’re sorry about all of that “Nailed to a cross” business”
4. Blink 182 – Won’t Be Home For Christmas
Festive Fact: Despite its widespread popularity, the single was only charted number one in Canada and stayed there for 5 weeks. No other Blink-182 song ever made it to number one in Canada.
Our Favourite Lyric: “Oh god I hate these Satan’s helpers”
5. My Chemical Romance – All I Want for Christmas Is You
Festive Fact: The Mariah Carey classic was covered by Gerard Way and the members of My Chemical Romance for the LA based alternative radio show Kevin & Bean on KROQ-FM.
6. The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)
Festive Fact: This single was featured in the film soundtrack for Christmas With The Kranks and was covered by Joey Ramone on his second posthumous album Ya Know?
Our Favourite Lyric: “Snowball fighting, it’s so exciting baby”
7. August Burns Red – Carol of the Bells
Festive Fact: An openly Christian band, this single was recorded for an album from The X Series, a collection of compilation albums by BEC Recordings which choose artists exclusively signed to Christian rock labels.
8. Twisted Sister – Heavy Metal Christmas
Festive Fact: This song featured on the album A Twisted Christmas, which was the seventh and final studio album by Twisted Sister. The entire album takes classic rock riffs from bands such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy & Black Sabbath, and gives them a festive twist.
Our Favourite Lyric: “Twelve silver crosses, Eleven black mascaras, Ten pairs of platforms, Nine tattered t-shirts, Eight pentagrams, Seven leather jackets, Six cans of hairspray, Five skull earrings, Four quarts of Jack, Three studded belts, Two pairs of spandex pants, And a tattoo of Ozzy…”
9. Small Town Titans – You’re a Mean One, Mr Grinch
Festive Fact: Small Town Titans decided to do something different for the holidays, so arranged this dark, bluesy, sinister version of “You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch”
Our Favourite Lyric: ALL OF THEM