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Look out because the holidays just got heavy! To help shake up the season, we're taking a look at some alternatives to the same ‘ole X-mas classics with the Top 5 Christmas Albums that Rock!
1. Twisted Sister – A Twisted Christmas
With their 2006 album A Twisted Christmas, Twisted Sister put a hair-metal spin on holiday hits such as “Oh Come All Ye Faithful,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” and others.
The band also released a music video for “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” in the style of their iconic “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video from 1984. Check it out below!
2. Scott Weiland – The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
When you think Scott Weiland, Christmas might not be the first thing that comes to your mind.
Suprisingly, Weiland’s 2012 album, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, is actually a pretty traditional take on the holiday classics.
His voice is nearly unrecognizable (yet soothing) on songs such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Winter Wonderland,” “O Holy Night” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” among more!
But don’t take our word for it – listen for yourself:
3. Black Label Society – Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good
Black Label Society promises to lift fans’ holiday spirits with their 2011 EP Glorious Christmas Songs That Will Make Your Black Label Heart Feel Good.
The unlikely release from the heavy metal rockers features three songs, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Wonderful World,” making it the perfect stocking stuffer for the BLS lover in your life.
4. Warrant/L.A. Guns – We Wish You a Hairy Christmas
The title really says it all on this one!
Hair-metal bands Warrant and LA Guns came together with other groups of their genre such as Danger Danger, Bulletboys, Pretty Boy Floyd and others to collaborate on 2003’s We Wish You a Hairy Christmas.
The LP features some of the classics, but also a few contemporary tunes, such as Warrant’s rendition of the Kinks’ “Father Christmas” and even the original Danger Danger song “Naughty Naughty Christmas.”
5. Misc. – We Wish You A Metal Xmas & A Headbanging New Year
And could the holidays really be complete without a little headbanging?
2008’s We Wish You A Metal Xmas & A Headbanging New Year is a must-have at any true holiday party, with some of Rock and Roll’s finest coming together to collaborate on Christmas hits.
Some highlights include “Santa Claws is Coming to Town” (Alice Cooper, John 5 , Billy Sheehan and Vinny Appice ), “Run Rudolph Run” (Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons and Dave Grohl) and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi , Rudy Sarzo and Simon Wright.)
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