My gift to you: twelve holiday songs that are dear to me and that also rock. Keep them handy and let them be your soundtrack this holiday season.

  • Bad Religion “Joy To The World”

    Greg Graffin doesn’t let the fact that he doesn’t know the words get in the way of delivering a spirited take on Christmas morning classic.

  • Far “Feed The World (Do They Know It’s Christmas?)”

    The Sacramento emo rockers enlist Deftones frontman Chino Moreno and proceed to turn out some pretty decent impersonations of the stars in the original Band Aid version of the song.

  • The Kinks “Father Christmas”

    “…but remember the kids who got nothin’…while you’re drinkin’ down your wine…”

  • The Murder City Devils “364 Days”

    What the hell does Santa do during the rest of the year? These Seattle garage punks attempt to answer the question.

  • My Morning Jacket “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”

    If this is what having the blues for Christmas sounds like, pour me another.

  • Nerf Herder “Santa Has A Mullet”

    I mean, have you seen Santa without his hat on? Sure, his hair is long. But don’t be fooled: it’s absolutely a mullet.

  • Passengers “Miss Sarajevo”

    If this quasi-holiday song featuring U2, Brian Eno, and Luciano Pavarotti doesn’t move you, you have a lump of coal for a heart.

  • The Pogues “Fairytale Of New York”

    A holiday tradition. Timeless. Bless you, Kirsty MacColl.

  • The Ramones “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)”

    You’ve probably figured out by now I’m a big fan of the punk rock holiday fare.

  • Robby Roadsteamer “X-mas In Allston”

    Boston’s beloved bard pens a holiday love letter to the city’s crustiest Christmas destination.

  • Run DMC “Christmas In Hollis”

    It’s just not the holiday season until I’ve cranked this one as loud as my kids can stand it.

  • Akim & Teddy Vann “Santa Claus Is A Black Man”

    One of the most inspiring and empowering Christmas songs I’ve ever heard; a true forgotten classic. Enjoy it and happy holidays.

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