Chris Farren – ‘Frozen’ (Disney Cover)
Never has Christmas sounded quite so perfect than on punk rock celebrity Chris Farren’s 2014 all original Christmas album, Like A Gift From God Or Whatever. Among the mix of hilariously quirky and more melancholic tracks lies ‘Chris Farren’s Disney’s Frozen’, a beautifully irreverent synth-led minute long masterpiece. Inspired by a combination of ideas from the 2013 Disney film and aspects of Farren’s own personal experience, it ticks all the boxes on the festive music checklist. It’s whacky, it’s whimsical and it’s everything Farren does best.
Words by Maddy Howell @mongolhorde
Rage Against The Machine -‘Killing In The Name’
With this song taking the place as Christmas No.1 in 2009, Killing In The Name accurately embodies the true meaning of Christmas.
Instead of singing of spreading love and saving the world like most misleading Christmas songs, this honest track embodies the feelings of rage and anger when opening the same pair of fluffy socks you received last year. The rhythms are spat by vocalist, Zach de la Rocha in a way that spreads conviction and honesty, something we lack at Christmas when we sit back and claim to love our Dad’s ‘Secret Potato Recipe’.
And finally, if, “fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me” isn’t the perfect response to being asked to do the dreaded 5pm washing up, I don’t know what is.
Words by Jasmine Hodge @ObviouslyItsJaz
The Waitresses – ‘Christmas Wrapping’
Not known as one of the Christmas classics but, undoubtedly featuring on the vast majority of winter time playlists; and with good reason. An absolute head-bobber of a beat and a bassline that is so brilliant it’s almost laughable combine for the most serendipitous moment of our time: last minute cranberry shopping (we’ve all been there), throws up a meeting with “in the line is that guy I’ve been chasing all year”, and if a love story of that calibre doesn’t fill you with Christmas joy…nothing will.
Words by Andrew Shelley
All Time Low- ‘Fool’s Holiday’
Taken from the Fearless Records Punk Goes Christmas compilation album, ‘Fool’s Holiday’ is a track that sounds just like any regular All Time Low love song with hints to the festive season thrown in.
Featuring the heavy guitar focus that All Time Low usually sports, the track is accompanied with the sound of bells ringing, heartfelt harmonies and singer Alex Gaskarth longing for a girl that he had hurt in the past – it’s a perfect mix of cheesy and catchy. The killer guitar solo and calming melody is enough to make anyone want to sway along to the nostalgia-filled track.
Words by Emily Young @emilyjadewrites
Carly Rae Jepsen- ‘Last Christmas’
Everyone’s favourite cute Canadian has always been one to wear her heart on her sleeve, meaning that this Christmas classic suits her perfectly. What makes it distinctly brilliant is the fact that she really makes it her own. The glistening synths and sexy saxophones add to the heartfelt, passionate core of the original and take it to the next level, to the point where you just wanna grab mistletoe and passionately smooch whoever it is you love. Yes, it’s corny, but you can’t deny the positive sentiment.
Words by Joel Hernon
Bad Religion – ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’
Feeling too punk rock for the festive season? Look no further than Bad Religion’s reimagining of the classic Christmas carol, ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’. Set with that typical Bad Religion flair, power chords and all the rest of the trimmings. Whoever said you couldn’t head bang to Christmas songs was completely wrong when it comes to Bad Religion’s album packed with all the classic songs such as ‘White Christmas’ and Little Drummer Boy. It may be an odd combination of genres and sounds, but somehow Bad Religion pull it off with no effort at all.
Words by Charlie Hill
Frankie Goes To Hollywood- ‘The Power Of Love’
A front-runner for the most tenuously related Christmas song could easily be Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s emotive 1984 single, ‘The Power of Love’. With a whopping zero lyrical references to the festive season, the song’s grand, glittery composition is what places it amongst the best yuletide ballads.
If you’re only familiar with the bounding trance of ‘Relax’ or ‘Two Tribes’, Holly Johnson’s commanding vocals gliding through the haze of strings and keys is like a harsh hit of reality. Suggesting that love’s ethereal presence can empower and destroy hearts allows Johnson to relish in a world of metaphors and similes, praising it as “A force from above / A skyscraping dove” in the tumultuous final crescendo. Love is at the heart of Christmas, so it only makes sense that FGTH’s rapturous track is there too.
Words by Rupert Taylor @0UTATIM3
Set it Off- ‘This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)’
Christmas is a lot like marmite: you either love it or you hate it, and in the case of Set It Off? It’s safe to say that it’s not their favourite holiday of the year. Featured on Punk Goes Christmas, you’d probably expect it to be awful but Cody Carson’s vocals stand out dramatically as they’re reminiscent of a pantomime villain. Belting out, “This Christmas, I’ll burn it to the ground” in the chorus, it’d probably be best to keep him away from your decorations. As an anti-Christmas song, this is perfect for any Scrooges out there who can’t stand the cheerful joy and laughter that is shoved down their throat at this time of year, instead just imagine children crying as their toys go up in flames.
Words by Harriet Stanley