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Top Christmas Songs of 2013

Erasure band

Christmas time is right around the corner, and we've compiled our annual list of our favorite Christmas songs. We hope that you and your loved ones have a safe and merry Christmas!!

 

Erasure - "Gaudete"

Influential electropop act Erasure decided to celebrate the holiday season by releasing their first Christmas album this year. "Snowglobe" is a marvelous mix of new songs and some well known Christmas tunes. The duo also took on some obscure Christmas songs. "Gaudete" is a Latin Christmas carol written in the 1600s and has seen some fame via electric folk act Steeleye Span in 1973. The act's cover will certainly have you dancing around the Christmas tree.

 

Bad Religion - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing"

Unlike the positive response towards Erasure's Christmas album, many were puzzled at Bad Religion's decision to drop a Christmas record for the punks. For what it's worth, Christmas Songs delivers some fast paced takes on popular Christmas tunes, including "Hark The Herald Angels Sing".

 

August Burns Red - "Carol Of The Bells"

For those looking for something heavy, look no further than August Burns Red. The Manheim, Pennsylvania Christian metalcore band have covered a handful of Christmas songs in their career, but their version of "Carol Of The Bells" remains their most popular one.

 

Man Overboard - "Father Christmas"

New Jersey pop punk act Man Overboard could've easily re-released their holiday number "Decemberism". Instead, the band decided to tackle The Kinks' 1977 single "Father Christmas" for the Punk Goes Christmas album. While you listen to this rockin' cover, we'll try to figure out when was the last time a Punk Goes.. compilation was actually filled with punk bands (2002, maybe).

 

The Misfits - "Blue Christmas"



What's next? The Trans-Siberian Orchestra covering Misfits songs? The New Jersey horror punk band are known for their immense love for Halloween, but that doesn't hinder them from having a soft spot for Santa Claus. Originally released as a live bootleg from the late 70s, Jerry Only & Co. finally recorded a proper version for the classic tune "Blue Christmas". The song is featured on their new Horror X-Mas 7' inch release.

 

Reggie and The Full Effect - "X-Mas In Hollis"

Everybody knows that James Dewees, the mastermind behind Reggie and the Full Effect, is one of the most charismatic songwriters today. On the heels of Reggie's new album No County For Old Musicians comes the X-Mas Mini EP, a three song release just in time for the holidays. Among the three songs is a lively cover of Run-DMC classic "Christmas In Hollis".

 

Murs - "Christmas Rules Everything Around Me"



California rapper Murs decided to drop a Christmas tune for the world to hear. "Christmas Rules Everything Around Me", which was produced by Curtiss King (Ab-Soul, Mack 10), is something that Murs himself considers "corny". With its stellar samples of "Carol Of The Bells", don't be surprised to hear Santa blast this jam through his pimped out sleigh on Christmas Eve.

 

The Venetia Fair - "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"


The Venetia Fair's take on "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is just as chaotic as their live shows. This cover is featured on The Pits EP.

 

James Dean Wells - "Broken Hearted Christmas"

James Dean Wells, vocalist for Asbury Park/Brooklyn group The Gay Blades, has been releasing Christmas songs for years. For 2013, the vocalist dropped "Broken Hearted Christmas", a song which gives a positive light for those unlucky during the holiday season.