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I’m Adam 12. I love making lists of 12. And I love making playlists. And it’s the holiday season, so I’m making a Christmas punk playlist.


Straightaway, allow me to manage some expectations. When I say “playlist,” I’m talking about a list of 12 holiday punk songs with music video links (when available). I’m not talking about Spotify. I know Spotify is the popular playlist-maker of the day. But I don’t use Spotify. That streaming platform is absolutely awful to artists and I won’t support it. I explain the reasons why here.


What’s more, my way is more interactive. Instead of just pressing play and letting Danny Ek’s algorithm spit out randomness, I’ve hand-picked these songs and shared a little bit of the “why.” It’s like when we used to make mixtapes and mix CDs back in the day. You get the songs, you get a little bit of hand-made liner note action. But no artwork, sadly. I can’t draw worth a sniff.


Christmas Punk: 12 Songs to Put a Spiked Fist in the Spiked Punch

I’m a radio DJ, and have been one for over a quarter of a century. I collect music. And my holiday music collection is pretty vast and varied. I might have to flex that fact one more time before the holiday season has come and gone and maybe give you some more offbeat selections or maybe just a straight up “Christmas songs that rock” playlist. But not today. Today, I’m all about the punk.


Shoutout to my boy Tim, who back in the day when we’d exchange Christmas gifts once gave me this. There’s a few cuts from that gem that I’ve included below, as well as some personal punk rock holiday favorites from my collection. I hope you enjoy it and I hope you have a safe, happy, and punky holiday season.

  • Stiff Little Fingers "White Christmas"

    Yes, the original music from the actual musical is iconic. But this is my favorite version of “White Christmas,” courtesy of the British punk legends.

  • Dropkick Murphys "The Season's Upon Us"

    I would be remiss if I didn’t include this newer cut from our beloved Boston Irish punks. I hosted them in a holiday session back in 2012 when this first dropped and it was a delight.

  • Bad Religion "Leon"

    “He was born in a box / in a barn on some sand / and he walked out of there / with some hay in his hand.” Bad Religion’s take on “The First Noel” is iconic.

  • The Humpers "Run, Run Rudolph"

    This one pops up on a lot of punk rock holiday comps. Giving Chuck Berry a run for his money.

  • Fear "F*ck Christmas"

    Lee Ving & Co. getting the message across in :45. Because hey, Christmas isn’t jolly for everyone, you know?

  • Far "Do They Know It's Christmas"

    Drop the “e” from Fear and you get Far. Are they technically a punk band? Not really. But Jonah and Chino Moreno from Deftones doing impersonations and goofing on the Band Aid original is pretty punk rock.

  • Blink-182 "I Won't Be Home For Christmas"

    Gotta add this one to the mix or all the pop punk holiday enthusiasts will be filling my stocking with coal.

  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones "This Time Of Year"

    Back to Boston we go for some festive ska-punk. The band has a handful of holiday tunes, but this one’s the most upbeat.

  • The Showcase Showdown "Ho Ho Ho Chi Minh!"

    Another Boston punk staple. I actually own this on 7″. Now, if only I could find it in my record stacks…

  • SSD "Jolly Old St. Nicholas"

    If you own “A Boston Rock Christmas” on vinyl from 1983, you own a Christmas collectors item.

  • The Murder City Devils "364 Days"

    Another “Christmas ain’t all that great for everyone” type of tune. A punk take on the Big Man in Red.

  • Ramones "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)"

    I saved the best for last. There’s a couple of versions, but I gotta go with the music video for this one.

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