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!
From My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and All Time Low here are 12 alternative and emo Christmas songs to get you in the festive season, even if you’re missing Halloween.
12 Days Of Alternative Christmas Songs
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 emo Christmas 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.
It’s Not Snowing – The Broken Kings
I have a feeling that the majorty of readers will have never heard of TBK, and that’s fine! The Broken Kings are the remaining members of Fearless Vampire Killers (minus Kier and Shane) after they split.
FVK are one of my favourite bands, and featured on my emo school survival songs playlist and Halloween songs, so although they’re gone, of course I’m gonna support TBK (and Inklings) with my little Lost Heart forever.
Most of these alternative Christmas songs are pretty negative and depressing, but we’re emo here, so what do you expect?
Happy Holidays, You Bastard – Blink-182
I’m not even gonna say anything about this alternative Christmas carol except what else could you expect from Blink-182?
XMAS SUX – Frank Iero
I’m not actually sure if this was with Leathermouth or another one of Frank Iero’s side projects but… it’s a very angry rock Christmas song for all the scrooges out there!
Merry Christmas I Missed You So Much – Taking Back Sunday
I couldn’t write an emo Christmas songs list without featuring Taking Back Sunday.
TBS penned a mellow acoustic song for the holiday season, but unlike some of the other bands on this list who decided to be a bit…crude, they actually wrote a nice festive love 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.
The Bad List – Z Berg and Ryan Ross
Z Berg an Ryan Ross’ Christmas song is a bit of a downer but beautiful nonetheless. The video is just amazing too, I love the concept.
Oh Noel – I Don’t Know How But They Found Me
Yet another ex-Panic! at the Disco member with some Christmas music! IDKHOW actually have a whole EP of alternative Christmas songs, and Dallon himself released a few too, so technially this could have been a list of “Alternative Christmas Songs by Dallon Weekes” but that would have a very small niche.
As much as I love Christmas Drag, and their cover of Merry Christmas Everybody, I’m a sucker for a good sad song which is why Oh Noel is my favourite. I also love the gritty 80s home video vibe of the videos from this EP which make it feel more nostalgic.
Every Snowflake is Different – My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way is dad of the year. His daughter was a big fan of Yo Gaba Gaba at the time, and he wrote a Christmas song and appeared on the show! 16-year-old me was puzzled when they dropped this not-so alternative Christmas carol but honestly it’s adorable.
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 this is not only my favourite on this emo Christmas songs list, it’s probably my favourite Christmas carol ever!
People who don’t like My Chemical Romance, or this genre will definitely find this hard to listen to.
I’ve been joking every Christmas that all I want is MCR, but we had a Halloween miracle in 2019!
What are your favourite alternative Christmas songs? Also, what regular Christmas songs do you like?