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Top Ten Heavy Metal Christmas Songs

Updated on August 28, 2016
We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year (Various Artists)
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Top 10 Heavy Metal Songs For Christmas!

Top 10 Heavy Metal Christmas Songs - get ready for a moshing Metal Xmas with my personal choice of the best Heavy Metal and Hard Rock songs on a Christmas theme!

Headbangingly hard and heavy Christmas tunes to rock the holidays - including Heavy Metal versions of Christmas Carols and Metal and Rock covers of well known Christmas songs and other Christmas music!

Watch and listen to this awesome collection of great Heavy Metal songs for Xmas - and share your own choices!

# 10 (JOINT): "Sleigh Ride" by August Burns Red

OK, I know this is supposed to be the Top 10 Heavy Metal Christmas songs and it's now a Top sue me! - anyway, this one is so awesome, you won't care that I can't joint 10th place is a shreddingly heavy and very "original" interpretation of "Sleigh Ride" by Christmas loving Metalcore band, August Burns Red, which is included on their 2012 album, "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album".

Sleddin' Hill is a collection of ABR's previously released Christmas songs (some remastered and some re-recorded) with some new festive material and it's AMAZING! All the tracks bar one are instrumental and they all ROCK big time!

Listen and enjoy...this album is gonna be a classic!!

Sleigh Ride - MP3 download

# 10 (JOINT): "Carol Of The Bells" by Gary Hoey

Gary Hoey - Carol Of The Bells from the album "Ho! Ho! Hoey: The Complete Collection".

Rock guitarist Gary Hoey is well known for his "Ho Ho Hoey" series of Christmas CDs and his interpretation of "Carol Of The Bells" blows the better known and much acclaimed version by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra out of the water in my opinion!

Carol Of The Bells - MP3 download

#9: "Santa Claws Is Coming To Town" by Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper, John 5, Billy Sheehan & Vinny Appice - Santa Claws Is Coming To Town from the album "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

"We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year" is a compilation album of Christmas songs played by an all-star collection of hard rock and metal artists. Each track puts together a unique supergroup playing a traditional Christmas's an awesome album and several songs from it have found their way onto this Top 10 of my favourite Heavy Metal Christmas songs!

The Grandfather of Shock Rock Alice Cooper, is joined here by guitarists John 5 (Marilyn Manson/Rob Zombie) and Billy Sheehan (UFO/Mr Big) and drummer Vinny Appice (Dio/Black Sabbath) for a blistering version of "Santa Claus (here spelt Claws for added evil effect) Is Coming To Town".

Santa Claws Is Coming To Town - MP3 download

# 8: "I Am Santa Claus" by Bob Rivers

Bob Rivers is an American rock radio station personality and prolific producer of parody and novelty songs.

He has produced several Christmas parody albums including "Twisted Christmas" (not to be confused with the more recent album of the same name by Twisted Sister!)

"I Am Santa Claus" is closely based on the Heavy Metal classic, "Iron Man" by Black Sabbath!

I Am Santa Claus - MP3 download

# 7: "No Presents For Christmas" by King Diamond

No Presents For Christmas is a bonus track from the reissued version of the album "Fatal Portrait" by King Diamond.

I've been a fan of Danish Metal God, King Diamond since his original days with Mercyful Fate in the 1980s. "No Presents For Christmas" was King Diamond's first release after he split from Mercyful Fate in 1985. Originally released as a single, it was included on the reissue of his classic album "Fatal Portrait" and remains a popular show-closer at his concerts!

# 6: "Jingle Bells" by Austrian Death Machine

This unusual version of the Christmas classic Jingle Bells is from the album "A Very Brutal Christmas" by the band Austrian Death Machine.

Austrian Death Machine is an American thrash metal side project founded by As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis and intended as a parody and tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger and his films.

Yeah, it's silly...but what do you expect? It's a Heavy Metal version of "Jingle Bells", so come on, it's the season of goodwill, have a few drinks, get in the festive spirit and just enjoy it for what it is!

Jingle Bells - MP3 download

# 5: "Run Rudolph Run" by Lemmy

Run Rudolph Run (Run, Run Rudolph) is another amazing song recorded for the album "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

Iconic gravel voiced vocalist and Rickenbacker bass maestro Lemmy from Motorhead, joins Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Dave Grohl from Nirvana/Foo Fighters to growl his way through a rocked-up version of Run Rudolph Run in his own inimitable style!

Run Rudolph Run - MP3 download

# 4: "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Twisted Sister

Oh Come All Ye Faithful is from Twisted Sister's now classic album, "A Twisted Christmas".

This is an awesome Heavy Metal version of the much loved Christmas carol and Dee Snider for once gets a chance to show the fact that he can sing really well!

Unlike all the other songs here, this one actually has an official video in which Twisted Sister once again explore the theme of showing a hapless Metal-hater how to rock out and have a good time in the process!

Great song from a great album - great fun!

Oh Come All Ye Faithful - MP3 download

# 3: "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Ronnie James Dio

This version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is another song from the album "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

The late and much lamented Metal legend Ronnie James Dio delivers a spine-tingling vocal in this classic Christmas number, accompanied by old mates Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath), Rudy Sarzo (Dio/Ozzy Osbourne/Whitesnake) and Simon Wright (AC/DC / Dio).

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - MP3 download

# 2: "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by Dez Fafara

Dez Fafara, Doug Aldrich, Blasko, John Tempesta recorded their unique take on one of the best loved Christmas songs, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, for the album "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

A headbanging, ear-splittingly HEAVY, Heavy Metal version of the perennial Christmas favorite "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" performed as you've never heard it before by the Metal Dream Team of Dez Fafara (vocalist - DevilDriver), Doug Aldrich (guitar - Burning Rain/Dio/Whitesnake), Blasko (bass - Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne), John Tempesta (drums - Exodus/Testament/Rob Zombie/The Cult).


# 1 (JOINT): "Heavy Metal Christmas" by Twisted Sister

There's a tie for the number 1 Heavy Metal Christmas song...a lighhearted fun one and a heavy one!

Here's the first:

Twisted Sister - Heavy Metal Christmas from the album "A Twisted Christmas".

# 1 (JOINT): "Silent Night" by Chuck Billy

Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, John Tempesta - Silent Night from the album "We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year".

Another "Heavy Metal Supergroup" brought together for the above album and what a combination!

As someone who is old enough to have been around to not only remember, but witness 1980s Bay Area Thrash Metal, this is literally all my Metal Christmasses rolled into one! - Chuck Billy (vocalist -Testament), Scott Ian (guitar - Anthrax), Jon Donais (guitar - Shadows Fall), Chris Wyse (bass- Ozzy Osbourne/The Cult), John Tempesta (drums - Exodus/Testament/Rob Zombie/The Cult).

As a Metal Christmas number it's got everything - awesome guitar, frenetic thrash drumming and the Godlike Chuck Billy on vocals...and more than that, they're doing "Silent Night" - one of the gentlest and calmest traditional Christmas songs ever...and it works - at least it does for me!

My PERFECT Heavy Metal Christmas song \m/

Silent Night - MP3 download

Comments - If you have a favourite Heavy Metal Christmas song that's not listed here, why not share it with the world!

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      5 years ago

      thanks for that you are great

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      Yoleen Lucas 

      5 years ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      I LOVE IT!!!

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      Happy to correct my error FFC - clearly my research was duff (smacks self on wrist!) I will most definitely check out Silent Night by Deliverance - once I eventually manage to finish all the updating caused by the transfer of all my pages to this location ;)

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      Keith Abt 

      5 years ago from The Garden State

      Nice list, but if you don't mind, I would like to make one slight correction - Bob Rivers' album "Twisted Christmas" (released in 1990) is a collection of holiday-related parody songs and comedy sketches from his radio program and it has no connection whatsoever to the Twisted Sister album by the same name (released in 2010).

      Also, if you've never heard the version of "Silent Night" by Christian thrash metal band Deliverance, check it out, it is my personal favorite metal Xmas tune. :D

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      HealthBug LM 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed "Santa Claws Is Coming To Town", interesting lens.

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      6 years ago

      Zafrius- Black Christmas

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      7 years ago

      Love this lens. Too funny. I get sick of the same old songs. Ronny James Dio... RIP

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      Shari O'Leary 

      7 years ago from Minnesota

      What a great compilation you came up with. I personally like Carol Of The Bells by Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

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      7 years ago

      Christmas with the Devil! \m/ \m/

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      Alessandro Zamboni 

      7 years ago from Italy

      If you like an hard rock Christmas, this is the Lens to go!

      My compliments!

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      7 years ago

      My favorite is actually Gary Hoey's "Twelve Days Of Christmas" also on his "Best of Ho Ho Hoey" album.

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      7 years ago

      Fantastic selection of songs. I thought that I have them all in my collection, but I was wrong. My ears always like to hear new great songs.

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      7 years ago

      Awesome! Perfect for a Rock & Roll Christmas.

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      heehaw lm 

      7 years ago

      just my kind of genre . great lens

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      Yikes I had no idea that Alice Cooper had a heavy metal Christmas album. Lol...I didn't listen to it but I know a couple people who love to find it in their Christmas stocking this year.

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      Paul Turner 

      7 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Love it. Check out Theocracy on iTunes. They have some fun Christmas singles.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I've never been a heavy metal fan, but it's very interesting to explore a new genre. Thanks for sharing your knowledge, I found out a lot of information I didn't know.

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      FlamFlop LM 

      7 years ago

      So glad august burns red is on this list <3

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      7 years ago

      Type O Negative- Red Water (Christmas Mourning)

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      7 years ago

      King Diamond's "No Presents For Christmas" is one of my all time favorites.

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      @JSchaper LM: I haven't come across them - yes please do write a lens and send me a link! I'm always more than happy to discover new much Metal, so little time ;)

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      JSchaper LM 

      8 years ago

      @LouiseKirkpatrick: I agree fully.

      I'm thinking about doing a lens on "Die Apokalyptischen Reiter". They are a German metal band that I recently learned about.

      Have you heard of them?

      JSchaper :)

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      @JSchaper LM: Thanks Juan-Pierre! Heavy Metal reaches the parts that other music cannot reach :D


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      JSchaper LM 

      8 years ago

      Now this is a great lens! Wish I thought of doing something like this...

      Metal is by far my favorite music genre, and this lens does metal proud.

      Well done.


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      MadHaps LM 

      8 years ago

      It may be the 27th but Lady way to rock, you made it Xmas again and I haven't even begun to listen.

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      Rusty Quill 

      8 years ago

      Great lens (love the featured posters from AllPosters). I was checking out some songs on Amazon a few weeks ago and came across a bunch of metal remakes from the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack - some cool stuff by Rob Zombie and others - very fitting for the movie too. :)

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      8 years ago

      Metal is my favorite genre! I like seeing Twisted Sister showcased here as well! Great Job on this lens!

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      @jadehorseshoe: Thank you! \m/

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      8 years ago

      My THIRD visit. Great Lens!

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      8 years ago

      now this is more like it.

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      8 years ago

      Twisted Christmas is the Best.

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      ThomasJ4 LM 

      8 years ago

      I never knew there were heavy metal Christmas songs! Very interesting

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      8 years ago

      I'm ready for Christmas

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      8 years ago

      where is "heavy metal christmas" by twisted sister?that's my favourite XD

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      8 years ago

      This is fun!

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      9 years ago

      Awesome! O Come, O Come Emanuel is an epic song, August Burns Red are an amazing band. I have a huge amount of respect for their drummer!

    • LouiseKirkpatrick profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Lincolnshire, United Kingdom

      @QuiltFinger: I love TSO's Christmas stuff too - and I have all their Christmas albums :) They don't appear on my list though as I think of them as more Prog Rock than Metal! If you like TSO check out the track by August Burns Red...

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      9 years ago from Tennessee

      Great lens! This list is so fun. I also love Christmas Eve Sarajevo by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.


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