by Vasilis and Cherie
Vasilis: I’m no fan of Christmas music honestly, especially the very cliché, religious-based sappy music; that is why I love when punk bands either put their own spin on Christmas classics or invent their own off-beat, humorous take on the holidays through their songs. The only songs that really go off that recipe are the Pogues and Run DMC (two classic songs!). My list is just a small sample of my favorite holiday tunes from some of my favorite bands. If you like this list, one of my favorite comps, (No Sleep Till Christmas) is available for free download through the label’s website. Now if you excuse me, I’m going to go listen to sad Christmas songs and rock out.
Bayside – Angels We Have Heard on High
Blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas
Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Into It. Over It. – Jingle Bell Broke
MxPx – Christmas Night of Zombies
New Found Glory – Ex-Miss
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – This Time of Year
The Pogues – Fairytale of New York
The Wonder Years – Christmas at 22
Cherie: I have to agree with Vas, I’m not a huge fan of traditional Christmas music as such. But when my favorite bands put out a Christmas song, even if its just a remake of an old song, I’ll give it a listen. There’s no rhyme or reason to what I end up liking; sometimes it annoys me when bands don’t change anything in their versions but other times I think they change too much. The best, though, are usually new songs all together (the exception being Baysides version of Angels We Have Heard on High which is the best thing ever). Here’s my top ten favorite Christmas songs!
Tegan and Sara – The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)
fun. – Believe in Me
Laura Marling – Silent Night
The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa
Dropkick Murphies – The Season’s Upon Us
Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Home for the Holidays
Frank Turner – Last Christmas
The Killers – Great Big Sled
Yellowcard – Christmas Lights
Bright Eyes – Blue Christmas
You can check out a playlist containing some of the songs by clicking here.