Top Seven Alternative Christmas Songs You Must Listen to this Holiday Season

I love a good Christmas song as much as the next person, but I don’t suddenly wipe off all the eyeliner come December first! As much as I enjoy the classics, these alternative Christmas songs fit in more with my style of music. After all, I live everyday like it’s Halloween!

Here are my top seven alternative Christmas songs, featuring My Chemical Romance, Queen, Fall Out Boy, and more!

Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy

One of the comments says this is “the opposite of All I Want for Christmas”, and I see their point!

Yule Shoot Your Eyes has an old school Fall Out Boy sound. A common Christmas song theme is songs about exs, and this is no different. Fall Out Boy’s sound has changed considerable since this song came out, but a lot of fans love to revisit it every holiday season.

Fun fact: back in my teenage emo days, I got to meet FOB, and Pete Wentz winked at me!

Merry Christmas (Kiss my Ass) – All Time Low

The song doesn’t actually begin until 1:17 if you want to skip, but it’s quite a funny music video.

I love All Time Low’s spin on it the lying cheat ex Christmas song trope because they kept their sound, while also pulling off a festive song. They featured in my Top 10 Songs That Helped Me Survive School playlist, but I’ll admit to have grown out of them. That said I still enjoy this song.

Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen

This song became a Christmas classic, but I don’t think it quite hit the same level as John Lennon’s War is Over, or Paul McCartney’s Simply Having a Wonderful Christmastime. Personally, I don’t hear it played on the radio nearly near as much as other big Christmas songs, which is a shame.

I work in retail, so I haven’t thought “Thank God it’s Christmas” in a few years – I think, “oh shit, it’s Christmas”. Please be nice to retail staff.

This Christmas Life – Shane Dawson

The self-proclaimed “Ellen of Youtube”, had a phase of trying to make it as a musician, with meme-worthy songs such as Superluv. I have to hand it to Shane, his Christmas songs are pretty good! This one is so cheesy, but you can get a sense of what his humour was like back then based on the video.

The reason Shane is here is because he’s technically not a musician, and I’ve never heard his songs played anywhere but when I look them up on Youtube myself!

Maybe this Christmas – Shane Dawson

The lyrics are sad, but I like how he still made the video funny. This is the song that ends up in my head when I’m sad around Christmas time.

I couldn’t decide which of Shane’s songs to include, so I decided to put in both. I think I actually prefer this song to This Christmas Life.

Shane’s fiance Ryland also made a Christmas song. As much as I like Clickbait Christmas, I felt it was too poppy for this list, but I’d recommend checking it out anyway!

The Fuck (What’s This?) Parody – The Nightmare Before Christmas

I remember seeing the original Tumblr post back in my angsty teenage years and thought it was hilarious when someone made this video based on it. I often listen to The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack around Halloween and Christmas. This version still makes me laugh.

Disney released Nightmare Revisited a few years ago, which is full of covers of the soundtrack from bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, and Rise Against. Disney would not approve of this version…

All I Want for Christmas is You – My Chemical Romance

I love the original Mariah Carey version of this song as much as the next person, but I adore this. People who don’t like My Chemical Romance, or this genre will definitely find this hard to listen to. They also had a Christmas song on Yo Gabba Gabba because Gerard Way’s daughter likes the show, called “Every Snowflake’s Different (just like you)” As cute as the Yo Gabba Gabba song is, I prefer their rendition of All I Want for Christmas because it sounds more like the MCR I know and love.

I’ve been joking every Christmas that all I want is MCR, but we had a Halloween miracle this year! They’re playing their reunion show five days before Christmas! I’m not going, because I’m not in LA, but hopefully, this means a tour and I can finally see my favourite band in the world.

What are your favourite alternative Christmas songs? Also, what regular Christmas songs do you like?

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35 thoughts on “Top Seven Alternative Christmas Songs You Must Listen to this Holiday Season

  1. You can’t go wrong with an alternative Christmas song. Last year my partner and I found a few metal and black metal Christmas songs to listen too. Made our Christmas so much better. We’ll have to try some of your suggestions this Christmas

  2. I gotta admit that I never heard any of these before but I do like the All I want for Christmas is you by My Chemical Romance. My favorite christmas song is Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande and Mistletoe by Justin Bieber. πŸ˜…

  3. Oooh! I haven’t heard of FOB in forever!! They were totally my high school vibe, hehe. You can’t go wrong with All Time Low as well. Oh man, this gives me some major throwbacks. I didn’t know that Shane Dawson made music too! That is pretty cool. Thanks for sharing these selections!

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  4. I didn’t know this was a thing! I didn’t even know that bands I love, like Queen and My Chemical Romance had Christmas songs :O thank you for this!


  5. Very interesting choices. I love the classics, but I do love to change it up! These make a nice alternate for tradition.

  6. I cannot help it; I cracked up listening to more then one of these! A twist away from the classics is wonderful; the many ways people see Christmas and sing about it is fascinating.

  7. I work in retail too, and I’m really happy to have something else to listen to when I’m feeling festive at home. The same old songs for eight hours a day are getting, well, old. So thanks for this list!

  8. Whats this is epic.. and ANYTHING by MCR is just worth having on repeat.. thankyou for this you took me back to me teenage years!! πŸ˜€ xx

  9. Fun post! I’ll have to check these out. Never really thought of mixing it up a little but that should be a good holiday addition! Thanks for sharing.

  10. I love Queens Thank god it’s christmas and it’s on my play list every year πŸ™‚

    The rest was mostly unknown to me so I’ll have to check them out (even if I’m very stubborn with my christmas music) thanks for sharing.

    1. Shane had a phase in 2012ish where he wanted to be a singer, and it didn’t go all that well but he had some good songs

  11. This is brilliant! I’ve always loved MCR’s version of All I Want for Christmas.
    I never knew Shane had released Xmas songs – just listened for the first time and they’re so cringey but hilarious! πŸ™‚

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