20 Punk Christmas Songs to Kick Off Your Holiday

Here at Dying Scene we know the holidays aren’t always everyone’s favorite time of year but we’d like to pass along some musical cheer to help make your next few days a little more rockin’!

Below find a festive list of our favorite songs for the season. We’ve got 10 classic covers and 10 holiday originals, plus some bonus full albums at the end as well.

What are some of your favorite tunes to get you in, or keep you out of, the Christmas spirit?


1. “Step into Christmas”

The Business kick off the list via a 1981 holiday cover from the EP Bollocks to Christmas.

2. “White Christmas”

The Bing Crosby version of this song was the best-selling single of all time, and the Stiff Little Fingers covered it as a B-side to their single “At the Edge”.

3. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”

Cartel covered this Brenda Lee classic back in 2008.

4. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

My Chemical Romance actually making that awful and overplayed Marah Carey song a bit more bearable.

5. “Silent Night”

The Dickies cover of this Austrian standard reached #47 on the UK Charts in 1978.

6. “Angels We Have Heard On High”

Bad Religion nailed this cover on the new Christmas Songs album. Read more under the full album section at the bottom of the post.

7. “Little Drummer Boy”

This 1997 cover by Dandy Warhols was featured on the 2007 Alternative Rock Christmas album.

8. “Run, Run, Rudolf”

If you can listen to Lemmy’s (Motorhead) guttural serenade about that silly little red nosed reindeer without feeling like rockin’ along, I think there’s something wrong with you. Dave Grohl and Billy Gibbins join Mr. Kilmister on this track which was featured on We Wish You a Very Metal Christmas.

9. “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

To me Misfits scream Halloween, but they went all festive in 2013 and covered this on their holiday 7 inch. Check out the B-sides too; one version has “Island of Misfit Toys” and the other has “Blue Christmas.”

10. Cover.. ehh, kinda: “Santa Got Run Over By My Chevy”

Oh, Manic Hispanic. You win again.

Holiday Originals:

1. NOFX “Xmas has been X’ed”

As a long time NOFX fan, and anti-holiday girl in general, this is one of my favorites of the season.

2. Face to Face “Merry Christmas”

This is band can do no wrong in my book and their 2010 Christmas carol falls right in line. Hey, I (too) hope that you get everything that you deserve this year!

3. Peter and the Test Tube Babies “I’m Getting Pissed For Christmas”

I’ve been joining Peter and the Test Tube Babies with this 1999 hit and getting plain ole pissed throughout this entire season.

4. The Dollyrots “Messed Up Xmas”

This holiday spirited duo has plenty of tracks to choose from off their EP The Xmas Songs including their cover of “Santa Baby” and originals “Because I’m Santa” and “I Saw Mommy Biting Santa Claus”. Stream those other tracks here.

5. Shonen Knife “All I Want For Christmas”

Not to be confused with that awful Marah Carey song (cough cough), this is an original from 1999.

6. Yesterday’s Ring (members of The Sainte Catherines) “Xmas on the Road”

Musicians as well as travelers can relate to this 2009 song about holidays past.

7. The Pogues “Fairytale of New York”

Since we touched on a somber one above, this has always been a must listen to track around the holidays.

8. The Damned “There Ain’t No Sanity Clause”

This track only reached #97 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1983 but it’s hitting a lot higher on our 20 of the season.

9. Pennywise “Christmas in Hell”

“It looks like Christmas, but you just can’t tell. It’s joyful and triumphant, but to me it feels just like.. Christmas in hell”.

10. Rancid “Xmas Eve (She Got Up and Left Me)”

Featured as the 23rd track from their double LP vinyl release of B Sides and C Sides, this is a pretty rare gem.

Full Albums:

We touched on Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs above but really the whole album is worth checking out. There’s too much to say about it in this article, but you can read our review and listen to the full album stream here.

What kind of punk rock Christmas post would this be if we didn’t mention MxPx’s 2009 album Punk Rawk Christmas?

Last but not least, the ever fun loving The Vandals bring you all the season goodies in Oi to the World. Click here to stream the full album and, as a bonus, view my favorite “Thanx for Nothing”:

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