It’s no secret the holiday season is filled with mundane, monotonous tunes. Thankfully, rock saves the day as this list of heavy hitters puts their own spin on these traditional songs. Acts like Guns N’ Roses and Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister are just a couple of the rockers that raise our holiday spirits with screeching screams and heavy riffs. Try not to break anything when you get that circle pit going around the tree while listening to these tunes that are a part of our list of 10 Christmas Songs That Rock:
'O Holy Night'
O Holy Halford, the Judas Priest frontman brings studs and leather to the holidays as he offers a new version of the old classic ‘O Holy Night.’ Rob Halford’s soaring vocals along with a serious guitar solo is enough to put any metal head in the mood for some present wrapping, tree lighting and egg nog drinking this holiday.
'Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)'
A very Merry Christmas for Shinedown fans as singer Brent Smith shows off his vocal skills by putting a new spin on this John Lennon classic. The tune starts out with a light guitar riff but soon speeds up within the first verse, and Smith’s echoing vocals add more edge to the song.
Christmas bring out the softer side in many of us, including the Smashing Pumpkins, who show off their delicate side with this violin and piano driven track ‘Christmastime.’ Billy Corgan’s soft, nasally vocals along with bells and a xylophone create a lullaby feel to the song which is enough to pull on the heart strings of even the hardest rocker.
'Deck the Halls'
No one quite celebrates the holidays like Twisted Sister. They have made bringing the Christmas spirit a major priority with their annual Christmas Extravaganza tour, where they play a combination of Twisted Sister classics and rocking renditions of Christmas carols off of their celebrated album ‘A Twisted Christmas.’ Leave it up to Dee Snider to make things a little twisted this holiday season.
‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
Coal Chamber and DevilDriver fans have a reason to celebrate the holidays especially when frontman of both bands Dez Fafara brings his guttural growling that would make any reindeer run for its life. Fafara’s version of ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ might not be one for the grandparents but it’s definitely one for the metal heads.
‘Santa Claws Is Coming to Town’
Things can get a little creepy when you leave the name of Santa in the hands of Alice Cooper, who has the power of turning a winter wonder land into a dark, abysmal nightmare. With lyrics like “And then we’re gonna break all the toys / And then we’re gonna make some noise,” the intentionally misspelled 'Santa Claws Is Coming to Town’ will bring fear, not cheer, to any boy or girl this holiday.
Welcome to the Holidays! It’s loud, it’s rockin’ and it’s Guns N’ Roses covering ‘White Christmas.’ Axl Rose belts out the lyrics to this classic, it’s just not complete without a face melting guitar solo. If this rendition of ‘White Christmas’ doesn’t get you jumping around quicker than spiked apple cider, who knows what will.
We slow things down with Linkin Park’s original song ‘My December.’ Frontman Chester Bennington’s tender vocals are beautiful to listen to. The song is a relaxing one to listen to by the fire or after you’ve worn yourself out from moshing with your cousin to ‘White Christmas’ by Guns N’ Roses. Either way, it’s a lovely wintery lullaby to unwind to.
‘No Presents for Christmas’
So not everyone will be getting presents this year and King Diamond makes sure he addresses this in the song ‘No Presents for Christmas.’ With epic guitar solos, banshee like laughter and the last line of the song being “I'm dreaming of a white.... Sabbath....” who wouldn’t blast this song for the holidays, especially those who have been naughty this year.
'Run Rudolph Run'
Speaking of naughty, Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister shows his holiday spirit with ‘Run Rundolph Run,’ which was originally popularized by another rebel -- Chuck Berry. The 1950s rock ‘n’ roll sound is heard throughout but definitely amped up with heavier riffs and Lemmy’s gritty vocals. Did we mention the song also features Dave Grohl and ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons? Enough said, Happy Holidays, metal heads!