Many of the traditional holiday songs have been transformed into Christmas rock songs.
Updating the Traditional
Most people love the old-fashioned, tried and true Christmas tunes, but others, especially younger kids, love to hear the old-fashioned tunes with a modern, rock twist. Not all Christmas rock songs, however, are contemporary takes on traditional songs; some are new and original.
Though you may be pretty hard-pressed to find an original Christmas song by a contemporary band because, let's face it, it's just too difficult to compete with the classic favorites. But those who want original songs have no need to fret, there are plenty of those to be had as well. Who knows, maybe one of the listed original Christmas songs that rock will become a new holiday favorite!
Christmas Rock Songs-The Remakes
Here are some classic Christmas songs remade by rock bands from a couple of different decades.
- Chris Cornell - Ave Maria
- My Chemical Romance - All I Want for Christmas is You
- U2 - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
- Billy Idol - Happy Holiday, Jingle Bell Rock.
- Sugar Ray - Little Saint Nick
- New Found Glory - The Christmas Song
- Relient K - 12 Days of Christmas, We Wish You a Merry Christmas
- Bruce Springsteen - Merry Christmas Baby, Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
- Smashing Pumpkins - Christmastime
- In Memory - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Twisted Sister - "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful''
- The Pogues - Fairytale of New York
- The Acceptance - So This is Christmas
- Bare Naked Ladies - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Eve 6 - Noel! Noel!
- Jon Bon Jovi - I Wish Everday Could Be Like Christmas
- Coldplay - 2000 Miles
- August Burns Red - Carol of the Bells
- Lynard Skynard - Run Rudolph Run
Christmas Rock Songs - The Originals
Here is a great list of original Christmas songs that rock out:
- The Beatles - Christmas Time (Is Here Again)
- The Killers - Don't Shoot Me Santa
- Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
- Blink 182 - I Won't Be Home for Christmas
- Queen - Thank God It's Christmas
- The White Stripes - Candy Cane Children
- The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight)
- The Flaming Lips - Christmas At The Zoo
- Bare Naked Ladies - Elf's Lament , Bare Naked Christmas
- The Killers - Joseph, Better You Than Me
- Relient K - Santa Claus is Thumbing to Town
Where to Find Christmas Tunes That Rock
The best place to find a bunch of great Christmas rock songs are on compilation discs. These CDs are generally released every year during the holiday season. Here are a few you might want to check out and where you can find them:
- CD Universe - Check out Santa Claus: It's a Punk Rock Christmas for songs by Matchbook Romance, The Red West and The Beautiful Mistake.
- Amazon - This mega shopping site has one of the largest varieties of Christmas rock tunes CD's like Rock N Roll Christmas and the "Very Special Christmas'' series.
- FYE - Simply search for Christmas rock music and browse through the variety FYE has to offer.
When looking for Christmas rock music, sometimes you have to seek out a particular band or artist's CD. For example, Holiday in Cambodia wasn't recorded as a Christmas song specifically, but ended up becoming a favorite amongst the punk rock crowd. If you don't want to buy the whole CD for just one song, try burning your very own Christmas rock music CD by downloading songs to your computer from websites like:
Burning your own CD is probably the best way to go because you can mix up the old classics with the newer versions of the songs as well as add a few slower songs to mellow out to at the end of a busy gift shopping day.