With 2016 coming to a close, the last hurdle to jump over is yet another round of disgustingly jolly, nauseatingly lame Christmas carols. To save you from suffering through the boring, tacky and downright annoying tunes, we’ve compiled a list of Christmas songs that actually rock. Here’s ten of our top picks to get you through the rest of the month without completely losing your mind.
‘I Wish It Was Christmas Today’ (2009) – Julian Casablancas
For the five year old in all of us.
‘Alone on Christmas Day’ (2015) – Phoenix
Phoenix, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman covering a Beach Boys Christmas rarity, what more could you wish for?
12 Days of Christmas’ (2003) – Relient K
Relient K bring all the enthusiasm and joy of classic carols but add a much needed punch to keep you awake through all twelve days.
‘Don’t Believe in Christmas’ (1965) – The Sonics
An oldie but a goodie.
‘Don’t Shoot Me Santa’ (2007) – The Killers
Admittedly this one is a little eccentric…but it wouldn’t be Christmas without tacky sweaters and soaring vocals, and that’s what The Killers do best here.
‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ (1973) – Slade
English rockers Slade created a timeless Christmas classic with this song, still standing tall today with an infectiously catchy chorus guaranteed to have you singing along.
‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)’ (2003) – The Darkness
Equal parts festive jingly bells and electrifying guitar solos, this song has it all.
‘The Stocking Song’ (2014) – Steel Panther
“I’m gonna stuff your stocking this year, gonna fill it up nice and tight.” Enough said.
‘Leon (The First Noel)’ (1997) – Bad Religion
I dare you to find a more kickass cover of any traditional Christmas carol than this one.
‘Christmas Was Better In The 80s’ – The Futureheads
For anyone who’s getting a bit old for Christmas.
‘Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)’ (1989) – The Ramones
What is it about Christmas that brings out the worst in people? Whatever it is, The Ramones have a song for you to help ease the fussing and fighting.
Debbie Carr has been flitting around in music for a few years now interning, contributing and freelancing for some of Australia's most promising music & arts publications. You'll most likely find her reviewing local gigs, snapping you at a festival or trawling through the depths of soundcloud. She's probably seen your band play. Twitter: @debbieecarr Instagram: @debbie_carr Website: www.debbiecarrmedia.comView all posts by Debbie Carr
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The Sonics are an American garage rock band from Tacoma, Washington, originating from the early and mid-1960s. They played a mixture of garage rock standards (“Louie, Louie”, “Have Love, Will Travel”), early rock and roll (“Jenny, Jenny”, “Skinny Minnie”) and original compositions such as “Strychnine”, “Psycho”, and “The Witch”, all based upon simple chord sequences,