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Christmas Across the Genres

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

Christmas is a time of joy and giving for many people all over the world. While there are classic Christmas tracks that are must-listens around the holiday season, we wanted to shed light on more unique Christmas songs from different genres beyond classical music and the pop hits. There’s a song for almost everyone on this list. Whether you’re a rock, country, rap, punk or a "whatever" fan, there’s something here for you! If you’re looking for a different playlist with more genre diversity beyond Mariah Carey belting out “All I Want for Christmas is, You” then look no further!

We put a few of our favorites in here, (with YouTube links for any non-Spotify users) but check out the end of the article for the link to the full Spotify playlist!

Dolly Parton – Hard Candy Christmas | Genre: Country |

August Burns Red - Home Alone Theme | Genre: Metal |

Note: Despite this being in the metal genre, it’s an instrumental and super cool, so it’s only metal because of the instrumentation. It’s one of my all-time favorites.

Wham! - Last Christmas | Genre: Pop |

Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg – Santa Goes Straight to the Ghetto | Genre: Rap |

Note: Content warning for profanities!

The Ramones – Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) | Genre: Punk Rock |

All Time Low - Merry Christmas (Kiss My A**) | Genre: Alternative Rock |

Muppet Christmas Carol – One More Sleep Til Christmas | Genre: Musical Theatre |

Jarrod Allonge – 12 Days of Pop-Punk Christmas | Genre: Pop Punk (obviously 😀) |

Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis | Genre: Hip Hop |

Note: Skip to one minute to get to the song.

“Weird Al” Yankovic – Christmas at Ground Zero | Genre: Comedy Pop |

Ice Nine Kills - Merry Axe-Mas | Genre: Metalcore |

Fun fact: this song is inspired by a Christmas horror movie called Silent Night, Deadly Night.

The Beach Boys – We Three Kings | Genre: Surf Pop/Rock |

The Pogues – Fairytale of New York | Genre: Celtic Punk |

Wednesday 13 – Buried by Christmas | Genre: Horror Punk/Metal |

Owl City - Kiss Me Babe, It’s Christmas Time | Genre: Electronica |

Bad Religion – White Christmas | Genre: Punk |

AC/DC - Mistress for Christmas| Genre: Classic Rock |

My Chemical Romance - All I Want For Christmas Is You | Genre: Emo |

We hope this list has turned you onto a new Christmas song! You can listen to these songs and more on our playlist! Listen here :)


Written by Kristen Petronio


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