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10 Best Irreverent Holiday Songs

Updated on September 13, 2014

Christmas music with an attitude

Give someone a laugh with these songs that take a twisted look at the holiday season.

I love Christmas. The sights, the sounds, the meaning and the message, they fill me with delight and devotion.

But I still love to take a step back sometimes and skewer the season a little bit. These songs are great to listen to after the real Christmas celebrating has had its time. After the gifts have been opened, the carols have been sung, the dinner has been consumed. Take a break have a little laugh at Christmas's expense.

This collection of songs can also make a great gift for that person you know who "hates Christmas music".

Make someone a gift CD with your own musical selections!

Grab some of this satirical holiday music, or some picks of your own, for someone who you know will love them. You can burn your chosen selections onto a CD and give them a Christmas gift that is personal, homemade, and unique.

My 10 favorite irreverent holiday songs.

Santa Claus Is Watching You - by Ray Stevens

"So baby if you ever but do me wrong.

Break my heart and leave me alone.

When Christmas comes, you be crying too.

'Cause Santa Claus is watching you."

Ray Stevens turns Santa into a creepy Big Brother who's going to make sure that everybody (especially Ray's girlfriend) toes the line this Christmas.

Lyrics to Santa Claus Is Watching You.


Merry Christmas From The Family - by Robert Earl Keen

"Carve the turkey, turn the ball game on

Mix margaritas when the egg nog's gone"

Keen paints a hilarious picture of a Christmas party at home for a less-cultured working-class family (we'll avoid using terms like "redneck"). Sweet in its own way, but very irreverent and very funny.

Lyrics to Merry Christmas from the Family.


Happy Holidays Y'all - by Robert Earl Keen

"There is a Barbie doll in the gravy boat up on mom's TV set

An angel made of Styrofoam holds Rita's cigarette"

This song is a follow-up to "Merry Christmas from the Family." The same family, tidying up the mess the next day.

Lyrics to Happy Holiday's Y'all.


Santa Baby - by Eartha Kitt

"Santa Baby, slip a sable under the tree, for me

Been an awful good girl

Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight"

A classic tune. A gold-digger isn't afraid to turn her charms on Santa and try to get what she REALLY wants for Christmas.

Lyrics to Santa Baby.


The Night Santa Went Crazy - by Weird Al Yankovic

"The night Santa went crazy

The night St. Nick went insane

Realized he'd been gettin' a raw deal

Something finally must have snapped in his brain"

How long can Santa give and give and get nothing in return but a few snacks? Weird Al tells about what happened when it finally got to be too much for him. My kids love this song.

Lyrics to The Night Santa Went Crazy.


Christmas With The Devil - by Spinal Tap

"The elves are dressed in leather

And the angels are in chains"

Speaking as a Christian, I find this song very funny and NOT offensive. This tune by the spoof rock band Spinal Tap comes off sounding like a lame attempt to make a holiday song that would be in keeping with their heavy-metal image.

Which makes it great satire because it's so real. We've all heard Christmas songs that sound contrived and dumb because an artist was trying to capitalize on Christmas by any means necessary. This song lampoons the commercialization of Christmas more than anything else.

Lyrics to Christmas with the Devil.


The Chanukah Song - by Adam Sandler

"Put on your yarmulke

Here comes Chanukah

So much funukah

To celebrate Chanukah"

A very popular song by Adam Sandler, meant to encourage nice Jewish kids who feel left out during the holiday season. The song contains one reference to illegal substance use and is labeled "Explicit".

Lyrics to The Chanukah Song.


(I'm Spending) Hanukkah In Santa Monica - by Tom Lehrer

"I'm spending Hannukah in Santa Monica

Wearing sandals, lighting candles by the sea"

I think of this song as the Jewish version of Tom Lehrer's popular tune "The Vatican Rag." The pseudo-klezmer passage in the middle is cute, too.

Lyrics to Hanukkah In Santa Monica.


Another Christmas Song - by Stephen Colbert

"They play for a month, ad infinitum
One day it struck me someone must write 'em
So! It's another Christmas song"


This song is only on Stephen's DVD Christmas special. Similar to "Christmas with the Devil" by Spinal Tap, it's supposed to be a song that was only written because someone thought it would be a smart financial move to record a Christmas song.

Lyrics to Another Christmas Song.


Peace at Least - by Rotary Connection

"Everyone should have peace at least once a year"

This one is a favorite of my husband's, a song that finally explains why Santa is so jolly all the time. If you want to know what the real reason is, check it out here on video.

And some evil Christmas carols from Paulspond on YouTube.

Happy holidays y'all!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We had Ray Steven's 'Santa Clause is Watching You" growing up....I know the words by heart......"All you children better be good and act like all good children should, be careful of what you say and doooo, cuz Santa Clause is watching you! Thanks for the memories!

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      Hi Joan - thanks for the shout out! Just wanted to mention that there's a Part II of Paulspond's evil Christmas music that's also pretty great (it includes, among other things, the "Peanuts" theme). He also has all sorts of other gloriously weird piano music on YouTube. Cheers!

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      This is a cute lens! Santa Baby is my favorite Christmas song!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I didn't know about the Spinal Tap one!

      I like Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My favorite is "Santa Claus is coming to town" on Dr Demento's "Holidays in Dementia" - it's performed live by Joseph Spence, a very famous Bahamian guitarist (who did a lot of Christian music too) whose name is escaping me right now. Any time I listen to this cut I collapse in hysterical laughter.