Rock and Metal Christmas Songs

by Bill Brenner on December 12, 2013

I dislike most rock ‘n roll Christmas songs. The Kinks asking Father Christmas for money? Not a fan. Billy Squier singing that Christmas is a time to say I love you? Hate it.

I love those artists, just not those songs. Though I’m a heavy metal fan, I have to admit Christmas songs of that genre aren’t much better.

But occasionally, rock and metal musicians manage to pull off something special — songs done so magically that I play them repeatedly this time of year. Allow me to share some favorites.

First, a classic from Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi that makes the neck hair rise.

John Sykes, who has been in Whitesnake and Thin Lizzy, among others, does a great instrumental version of the same song.

Rob Halford, legendary vocalist for Judas Priest, put out a whole album themed for the season, including this gem.

One of my favorite guitarists, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne band, Black Label Society), does a searing acoustic version of “The First Noel.”

Finally, here’s a great rendition of “Silent Night” played by Brian May during a 1979 Queen concert.

Merry Christmas!


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bs December 12, 2013 at 3:12 pm

apocalyptica did a christmas EP. Here’s little drummer boy:

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