Ok let’s ditch the joyful and instead bring you a collection of tunes that are more on the side of triumphant. A sneery type of triumphalism it must be said given the punk rock characters involved. We were quite surprised how many great punk rock Christmas songs there were given the genre's general ambivalence to mainstream tastes but not even Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols (we’re winking as we’re writing this as we know it doesn’t sound like them and it is actually a band called the Ravers but then we believe in Santa Claus too) could resist the charm of our favourite season. ‘Punk Rock Christmas’ is deep down and grimy but it has Christmas at its heart so let’s not split hairs.
Perhaps the most famous song on this playlist comes from New York’s the Ramones who pack a winning tune with an emotional plea calling for a domestic truce during the holidays. A little more contemporary and for that very reason a lot more ironic is NOFX’s ‘Xmas Has Been X'ed’, a machine gun racket with the intensity of a herd of reindeer readying for take-off.
While punk rock is so often characterised by a volley of guitar chords, punishing percussion and vocals that veer between a screech and a spittle infused outburst there are some moments during our list of punk rock Christmas songs where quietness descends. That may only be for the first few moments of My Chemical Romances’ remake of Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is True’ but it creates an oasis of calm before the storm all the same. Sum 41’s ‘Unwritten Christmas’, which made it onto the soundtrack of ‘Santa Clause 2’, is similarly demure early on before the inevitable assault of chords.
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