The Christmas Punk Playlist - Punky Songs To Jingle Your Bells
Posted on December 20 2018
Are you a punk that loves Christmas, but dread boring carols?
Everyone knows that as the lead up to Christmas day dawns on us, the average person gets bombarded with carols and bible songs until Spring of the next year. Sometimes, you just need to spice up that festive playlist with some punky vibes to achieve that perfect punk-rock Christmas.
If you like what you’re reading, then don’t stop now.
Believe me when I tell you, Punk-Rock and Christmas can go hand in hand - and there are many holiday songs that prove it.
Check out our count down of the top 12 punk rock Christmas songs we have put together to get you in the festive spirit.
12. Stiff Little Fingers ‘White Christmas’
Taking hold of the last place on this list, this cover of Bing Crosby’s classic features on the compilation album ‘All The Best’ released in 1982. Keeping close to the original, this track fails to escape all the Christmas cringe associated with it, but it is a good try.
If you want to keep close to the mainstream, but enjoy that punk rock edge - this Christmas song by rock band Stiff Little Fingers is definitely for you.
11. The Ravers ‘(It’s Gonna Be) A Punk Rock Christmas’
So agreed, The Ravers are not the most iconic band of the 70’s, but this hit is a classic example of a perfect punk twist on a festive song.
With lyrics like “Johnny Ramone will get a sled for a car” – this song tries hard to fit into the scene. Putting that aside, this hit must be celebrated for being underrated, and just fitting for the colder months.
10. The Ramones ‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)’
Keeping in theme with feeling the love at Christmas, Joey Ramone pleas for his lover not to argue with him over the seasonal holiday.
If you have to keep the peace in your house over the Christmas period – this might be a relatable one for you.
9. Rancid ‘Christmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)’
Serving as a massive contrast to the song featured before, not all things can be happy and loving at this time.
And that’s why we have these classic punk-rock tracks to remind us that some people do not share Christmas with a loved one or significant other.
8. The Vandals 'Oi! To The World'
This track is the first song on the Vandal's' Christmas album. Cooking up a rotting roast whilst bashing the drums, this song is an ultimate must-listen over the festive season.
Yeah, this one song is great on its own, their whole Christmas album is a must-listen. It features other amazing tracks like ‘A Gun For Christmas’ or ‘My First Christmas (As A Woman)'. So daring, controversial and perfect. Nothing screams the punk values that created the legacy more than this!
How dare No Doubt think they could cover this classic and make it any better than it already is.
7. The Damned 'There Ain't No Sanity Clause'
A true tongue-in-cheek punk-rock song that was released in 1980. Although it failed to chart, The Damned were still very popular among the punk scene.
What better way to celebrate both Christmas and classic punk than with The Damned?
6. Fall Out Boy ‘Yule Shoot Your Eye Out’
Moving away from classic punk of the 70’s and 80’s, the new wave of noughties music brought us the rise of the pop-punk genre.
This song appears on the compilation album ‘A Santa Cause: It’s A Punk Rock Christmas’ in 2003 and set our hearts racing in true teen angsty punk fashion.
5. Blink 182 ‘Won’t Be Home for Christmas’
Like the previous track listed, this hit from Blink 182 was also featured on ‘A Santa Cause’. This album is made up of punk inspired bands covering well-known Christmas songs in line with the traditional pop-punk way. There are many ‘pop-punk does…’ albums but this one is by far, one of our all-time favorites!
4. The Vandals ‘Christmas Time For My Penis’
The Vandal’s have produced a hilarious song that you can dedicate to yourself (hey, we all need love). This song goes to show that punk can still be light-hearted in terms of lyrics and fuse together both rock and Christmas together in the best of ways.
3. Jingle Punx 'Christmas In Hollis'
Although this track is not officially by a credited rock band per se, it is still an amazing song to rock around the Christmas tree to!
A satirical take on the classic 'Christmas In Hollis' by Run DMC, this punk version of it is by far much better.
Since starting out, this band have produced 6 albums of violent punk shake-ups of Christmas classics and I really hope they keep on going.
2. Peter and the Test Tube Babies 'I'm Getting P*ssed For Christmas'
In 1987, this band from Brighton produced this silly yet fun punk song to explain their plans for the frosty season.
As the title suggests, getting p*ssed on beer, with friends, at the pub is a major theme of the song.
This is by far the most relatable song, because we all know we'd rather do that than go to nana's for a roast.
1. The Pouges 'Fairytale Of New York'
Finally, our number one is here.
Is Christmas even Christmas without a fairytale? Come on - we're all forced to watch the bad chick-flicks (that we secretly love).Those chick-flicks where there's love as well as loss.
Picture two heart broken souls in a bar when it's cold outside, and you'll be transported right there (if you add in insane amounts of profanity and naughty bits).