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The RAMzine Alternative Christmas Playlist

Sick of Slade? Wound up by Wizzard? Find Mariah mundane? If you’re looking for a an alternative to the usual Christmas cheesefests, the RAMZine team have picked out their favourite rock and metal Christmas tunes to guarantee a real rock and roll Christmas…

Skindred – Jungle Bells

“This is my favourite, Skindred before they were very well known. It’s a rasta-metal-mix of Christmas awesomeness!” – Victoria Purcell, Editor-in-Chief

Reuben – Christmas Is Awesome

“One of the most underrated British bands to have ever existed, everything Reuben touched was absolute gold. This totally original riff-filled festive banger is no exception, and the easy singalong music video is one of the greatest things you’ll watch on YouTube this Christmas!” – Milly Youngman

August Burns Red – We Wish You a Merry Christmas

“August Burns Red are known for their covers, and in 2012 they released a Christmas album of them. This track shows perfectly what they’re capable of.” – Stephen Stanford

blink-182 – I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

“A track that appears on their Greatest Hits album, it’s classic blink in their earlier days – goofy and catchy pop-punk with lyrics that are far from festive!” – Sam Rohde

Corey Taylor – X-M@$

“This one might start out with the familiar strains of Jingle Bells, but that’s about as traditional as this one gets. With a banger of a chorus, and entertaining lyrics that display Taylor’s apparent distaste for the holiday season, this is the perfect song for the Scrooge in the corner on Christmas Day.” – Milly Youngman

Bad Religion – O Come All Ye Faithful

“Bad Religion have a whole Christmas album, and O Come All Ye Faithful is my pick. The best thing about it is the sheer irony of a violently atheist punk band doing quite respectable versions of conservative Christian hymns. It’s so much cooler than some ‘fuck Christmas – it’s all about consumerism and the religious establishment’ wank.” – Alex Reeves

King Diamond – No Presents For Christmas

“King Diamond’s No Presents For Christmas – making Christmas scary, which is what it needs really.” – Stuart Iversen

Twisted Sister – Oh Come All Ye Faithful

“I saw them play live at Hard Rock Hell – cannot get it outta my mind!” – Neil Mach

Lemmy, Dave Grohl & Billy F. Gibbons – Run Rudolph Run

“Because it’s FUN! Great end of the night song at this time of year.” – Laura Phillips

The Vandals – Oi To The World

– Benji Walker

South Park Kids – Merry Fucking Christmas

“Just ‘cos it’s daft!” – Reg Richardson

About Milly Youngman

'Grown up' emo kid and pop punk lover (with plenty of everything else in the mix too). Life and style blogger at and former arts writer and editor.

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