The Most Heavy Metal Christmas: 33 Awesome Songs For Headbanging Xmas

Heavy Metal Christmas? We got you! Musicngear presents the ultimate list of metal Christmas music, to get you through the most wonderful time of the year. Hail Santa!

By Eugenia RoditisMusicngear Editor

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1. ssSHhh - "Jingle Bells" (Hail Santa)

Jingle Bells (Hail Santa) is a cover version of "Jingle Bells" released on 4.12.2020 by ssSHhh, the brand new solo project from Sami Hinkka, Ensiferum's and October Falls's bass player.

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2. Orion's Reign ft Minniva - "All I want for Christmas is you"

Released on December 16th, 2021 as a heavy metal version of Mariah Carey's classic All I Want for Christmas is You, by Greek symphonic power metallers Orion's Reign, featuring Minniva Børrese on vocals.

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3. Venom - "Black Xmas"

Black Xmas is the opening track from Venom's fifth album Calm Before the Storm released on 7 November 1987.

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4. Lacuna Coil - "Naughty Christmas"

The Italian metallers premiered Naughty Christmas on December 9, 2016, as a stand-alone single.

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5. Korn - "Kidnap the Sandy Claws"

The American nu-metal band covered "Kidnap the Sandy Claws" for Nightmare Revisited - released by Walt Disney Records on Sept 30, 2008 - it's the cover album of songs from the 1993 Disney animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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6. Twisted Sister - "Heavy Metal Christmas" (The Twelve Days of Christmas)

Heavy Metal Christmas is the 10th track from "A Twisted Christmas", the seventh and final studio album by the American heavy metal group, originally released in October 2006.

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7. I Declare War - "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer"

The American deathcore band from Seattle released a 4-track Christmas-themed EP "Bring the Season" on December 5th, 2007. 

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8. Erlosung - "Silent Night"

In December 2009, the Statesboro-Georgia based band, released "Christmas ist Krieg", a 12-track Metal Christmas album.

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9. Dokken - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town is the 12th track from "Monster Ballads Xmas" the fourth in a series of compilation albums that features popular 80s rock bands, usually from the glam metal genre.

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10. Hidden Pride - "Jingle Bells"

The Canadian grindcore/death metal band covered the holiday classic Jingle Bells in 1996.

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11. Amon Amarth - "Viking Christmas"

Viking Christmas was released in 2011 and the lyrics say it all: "Nobody can escape the magic of Christmas"

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12. August Burns Red - "Carol of the Bells"

Carol of the Bells is the 12th track of "Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album", the fifth studio album by metalcore band August Burns Red, released on October 9, 2012.

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13. Sonata Arctica - "Christmas Spirits"

Christmas Spirits is a Christmas single released by the Finnish Power metal band on December 18th, 2015.

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14. Tortured Conscience - "The Little Drummer Boy"

In 2002, Sounds of the Dead Records released A Brutal Christmas: The Season in Chaos, a compilation of Christmas songs covered by various artists. The death metal band appeared on the compilation with The Little Drummer Boy.

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15. Majestica - "Ghost Of Christmas Past"

The Swedish Power Metal band released a 9-track Christian-themed album "A Christmas Carol" on December 4th, 2020.

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16. Art of Shock - "No Presents for Christmas" 

The LA-based thrash metal band released their new holiday track No Presents for Christmas (King Diamond cover), on December 4, 2020.

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17. Halford - "We Three Kings"

We Three Kings is the 2nd track of Halford III: Winter Songs, the third studio album by the heavy metal band Halford released in November 2009.

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18. King Diamond - "No Presents For Christmas"

The Danish Heavy Metal band, released their debut single No Presents for Christmas on 25 December 1985. The song can also be found on the remastered edition of King Diamond's first album, Fatal Portrait.

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19. Type O Negative - "Red Water" (Christmas Mourning)

"Red Water" (Christmas Mourning) is included on Type O Negative's fourth studio album October Rust released on August 20th, 1996.

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20. Savatage - "Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24"

Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 was included in the ninth studio album of the American heavy metal band Dead Winter Dead. On October 15, 1996, the American rock band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, re-released Christmas Eve / Sarajevo 12/24 in their debut studio album Christmas Eve and Other Stories.

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21. Spinal Tap - "Christmas with the Devil"

Christmas with the Devil was released by the fictional heavy metal band in May 1984.

22. Austrian Death Machine - "Jingle Bells"

On November 25th, 2008 the thrash metal band released the Christmas-themed EP, A Very Brutal Christmas, with 3 tracks included: Jingle Bells, Get to the Choppa, Hell Bent for Leather (Judas Priest cover).

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23. Chuck Billy, Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, John Tempesta, Geoff Tate - "Silent Night"

On October 14, 2008, Armoury Records released "We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year", a compilation album of Christmas songs with members of legendary hard rock and metal bands. Chuck Billy did the vocals for Silent Night with the likes of Scott Ian, Jon Donais, Chris Wyse, and John Tempesta.

24. J.J. Hrubovcak - "Unrest for Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen)"

Unrest for Melancholy Men (God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) is the opening track of Death Metal Christmas - Hellish Renditions of Christmas Classics, J.J. Hrubovcak's 5-track EP released on November 29th, 2013.

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25. Killwhitneydead - "Jingle Hell"

Jingle Hell is the 2nd track from Killwhitneydead's EP Stocking Stuffher, released in December 2008.

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26. Wargasm - "Little Drummer Boy / Jingle Hell"

The Boston-based Thrash Metal band released their single Little Drummer Boy / Jingle Hell in 2000. 

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27. Leo Moracchioli - "The Chipmunk Song" 

Known for his metal covers of popular songs, the Norwegian metal musician and producer released the metal cover of Ross Bagdasarian's novelty Christmas song The Chipmunk Song on December 3rd, 2021.

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28. Coffin Fuck - "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" 

The three-piece Death Metal band from New Jersey released a black metal cover of Brenda Lee's original Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, on 20 December 2021.

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29. Old Man Gloom - "Christmas Eve Parts I, II, And III (Alt. Version)"

Christmas Eve Parts I, II, And III is included in the fourth studio album by Old Man Gloom "Christmas", released in August 2004 by Tortuga Recordings.

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30. Kamelot - "We Three Kings"

We Three Kings is a studio recording instrumental track included in Kamelot's first live album titled The Expedition released in October 2000.

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31. Theocracy - "O Come Emmanuel"

The Progressive Power Metal band from Athens-Georgia, releases one Christmas-themed song every year since 2003, for all the members of their "Club of Souls" fan group on their website.

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32. Sleep Terror - "Xmas Medley 2"

Xmas Medley 2 is an instrumental/single released by Sleep Terror in December 2019.

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33. Christopher Lee - "Jingle Hell"

Christopher Lee released two EPs of heavy metal covers of Christmas songs entitled A Heavy Metal Christmas (2012) and A Heavy Metal Christmas too (2013). Christopher Lee entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 22 with Jingle Bells, becoming the oldest musician to ever enter the music charts!

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We wish you a Metal Xmas and a headbanging New Year! Ho Ho Ho!

About Eugenia Roditis

Eugenia's passion for music was ignited from an early age as she grew up in a family of musicians. She loves attending concerts and festivals, while constantly seeking fresh and exciting new artists across diverse genres. Eugenia joined the MusicnGear team in 2012.

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