Christmas Songs with an Edge

Photo by Matthieu Comoy on Unsplash

With all due respect to The Beach Boys and Brenda Lee and their catalogue of Christmas songs, sometimes we need songs for the season with a little bit more of an attitude. If any year needs Christmas songs with an edge, it’s 2020. 

“Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C. 

Shout out to Argyle (De’voreaux White) in Die Hard for turning on this tune as he drove John McClane to Nakatomi Plaza. That ALONE should have settled the argument that Die Hard IS a Christmas movie. 

“Christmas in Hollis” was Run-D.M.C. ‘s contribution to the charity compilation album A Very Merry Christmas, next to artists like Whitney Houston, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, and Bon Jovi. 

“Homo Christmas” by Pansy Division

The song “Homo Christmas” by queercore band Pansy Division was first released in 1992 on their EP Fem in a Black Leather Jacket then it appeared again in 2006 when the band handpicked their own songs for their The Essential Pansy Division compilation. 

In case you couldn’t tell or you’re not familiar with Pansy Division, here’s your content warning because this song gets pretty raunchy. 

Christmas Songs EP by Bad Religion

Now, I’ll admit, I thought the news of Bad Religion releasing a Christmas EP was a joke until it was released and I saw that proceeds from sales were going to the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. 

“Xmas Has Been X’ed” by NOFX 

“Xmas Has Been X’ed” can be found on the NOFX album Self Entitled, their twelfth studio album after the band formed back in 1983. Maybe this is the mood if you’re feeling like, “with everything getting cancelled, they might as well just cancel Christmas,’ so let the punk angst fly. 

All I Want For Christmas Is You EP by August Burns Red

Metalcore band August Burns Red aren’t new to turning classic Christmas songs metal. They’re known for their instrumental covers of such classic Christmas songs as “Little Drummer Boy”, “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and the “Home Alone Theme”.

Most recently, they released the EP All I Want For Christmas Is You which, you guessed it, opens with a cover of the Mariah Carey hit. 

“Merry Axe-Mas” by Ice Nine Kills 

A couple of years ago, theatrical metalcore band Ice Nine Kills released their fifth studio album, The Silver Scream, where each song was based off of a horror movie. They wrote songs about Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Saw, and the one we’re talking about now- Silent Night, Deadly Night. The horror movie stirred up controversy when it was released in 1984 due to its killer donning a Santa suit as he committed brutal murders and parents were concerned about their children seeing the man in the signature red suit acting so violent.


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