‘Tis The Season…To Rock Out!
This time of year Christmas tunes are everywhere, and it’s the same 5 songs over and over again (For real, if I have to hear Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’ one more time, I’m gonna vomit) So since Christmas music can be unbearable I’ve compiled a list of my 10 favorite metal Christmas songs this way we can spread Christmas Cheer, the rock n’ roll way.
10) Alice Cooper / John 5 / Billy Sheehan / Vinny Appice- ‘Santa Claws is Coming to Town’
Now let’s be honest here, ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ has to be the worst Christmas song ever. (Maybe even the worst song ever, okay Rebecca Blacks ‘Friday’ might have it beat, but hey who’s really checking on this?) However I do have to say, when you team of forces as awesome as these, it just might work out. For being such a hater on the song itself, the metal version is something I really dig. But really, when you combine forces like Alice, and John 5, I really don’t think you can go wrong. The guitar solos alone are enough to turn a ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ hater into a lover. Check it out and see what you think!
9) Ronnie James Dio / Tony Iommi / Rudy Sarzo / Simon Wright-‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’
You really can’t go wrong with the late Ronie James Dio, in all his musical glory, but throw in Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Quiet Riot’s Rudy Sarzo, and AC/DC’s Simon Right, you get a match made in metal heaven. The guitar riffs along with Dio’s voice add such an eerie tone to the song it’s insane, and just plain awesome.
8 ) Lemmy Kilmister, Billy F. Gibbons, Dave Grohl-‘Run Rudolph Run’
Three of my all time favorite names in music involved in this song it’s just so right. This song definitely has the signature Billy Gibbons (guitarist of ZZ Top) guitar playing, and if it weren’t for Lemmy’s voice (which you automatically know when you hear it) you might think it was a ZZ Top song. And we can’t forget Dave! There’s really not much you can say about the man except, well hes’ Dave Grohl, the ultimate.
7) Twisted Sister-‘Oh Come All Ye Faithful’
Is that ‘We’re Not Gonna Take it’? It sure sounds similar! Oh well It’s a rad song, and this is definitely the correct way to spread Christmas cheer.
6) Psychostick with ‘Jingle Bell Metal’
Psychostick is known for their song ‘Beer is Good‘ they’re also known for being a kind of a joke band, they don’t take their music too seriously, but they’re hilarious. This song has all the elements of Christmas, and all the anger of metal, enjoy! (Heads up the F-bomb is dropped quite a bit in this one!)
5) Korn-‘Jingle Balls’
Well if anyone could pull this off, Korn’s the band to do it. This is not only a metal cover of the Christmas classic ‘Jingle Bells’, it’s the death metal version of ‘Jingle Bells’. It’s a rare track from Korn’s 1999 release Issues.
4) August Burns Red-‘Carol of the Bells’
Wow, I mean you really just have to hear it to believe it. When Christmas and metal combine and make one unstoppable force, this is what happens.
4) King Diamond-‘No Presents for Christmas’
Is there really anything more metal than King Diamond? I don’t believe so.
3) Tom Keifer (Frontman of Cinderella)-‘Blue Christmas’
If you haven’t caught on by my previous posts, I’m a huge sucker for hair metal and Cinderella is no exception! This song is so incredibly bluesy it’s killer.
2) Skid Row-‘Jingle Bells’
‘Jingle Bells’ is a Christmas staple, every year you’ll hear it at least a million times (whether it’s willingly or not) and let’s be honest besides putting your head in your gingerbread cooking oven, there’s not much worse than the damn song. However when a great band like Skid Row comes along and metals up the un-metalable something amazing happens. ‘Jingle Bells’ become bearable. Thank you Skid Row.
1) Iron Maiden-‘Another Rock and Roll Christmas’
Not only is this song completely catchy, it’s an original Christmas song that I’d rock all year long. But then again, what isn’t to love about Iron Maiden?
So there you have it, my 10 favorite metal Christmas tunes! Did your favorite make the list? If not what is it?
I hope you have a very metal Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanza) and a headbangin’ new year!