Inked’s Holiday Playlist

Inked's Holiday Playlist

If you’ve been near a radio for the past month and a half you haven’t been able to escape Mariah Carey over-singing Christmas songs or that hokey “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” We feel your pain. So much so that we have compiled Inked’s Holiday Playlist from staffer’s musical libraries. Think of it as a little present from our family to yours.

Merry Christmas motherfuckers.



“A Fairy Tale of New York” by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
Rocky Rakovic: “No less than six people nominated this song so we are kicking off the playlist with the song that starts ‘It was Christmas Eve, babe, in the drunk tank…’”

“This Time of Year” by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
James Delaney: “Dicky Barrett [lead singer] just seems so amped in the song. Like he really loves Christmas and being “together” and all that jazz (or ska, if you will).”

“Angels We Have Heard on High” by Bad Religion
Charlie Connell: “Leave it to punk rock’s foremost atheists to deliver one of the best Christmas songs ever.”

“Christmas Time for My Penis” by the Vandals
Charlie Connell: “The Christmas season is all about spending time with loved ones and showing them how much you appreciate them—even if your most ‘loved one’ is between your legs.”

“Christmas Song” by Juelz Santana Feat. Skull Gang
Rachael Dillon: “Juelz Santana makes Christmas graphically perverse.”

“Run Rudolph Run” by Lemmy Klimster, Dave Grohl, Billy Gibbons
Rachael Dillon: “Mr. Motorhead himself covering a classic.”

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Dean Martin and the Rat Pack
Eric McGuire: “This is the sound of Christmas (if you grew up in New Jersey).”

“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love and Phil Spector
Rocky Rakovic: “The only cure for those dogs that bark ‘Jingle Bells’ is this track produced by the Wall of Sound’s Phil Spector.”

“The Little Drummer Boy” by Jackson 5
Herve Charlot: “The best song off a classic Christmas album.”

“Jesus, Lover Of My Soul” by The Edwin Hawkins Singers
Herve Charlot: “This song is a must listen. Good for the soul.”

“Go Power at Christmas Time” by James Brown
Dylan Houser: “I never met a James Brown song I didn’t love. JB on xmas?! Yes please.”
Jess Herrera: “Or just listen to a James Brown Christmas in its entirety!”

“Cool Jerk” by the Capitols
Dylan Houser: “It is a bit of a curveball, but, this song reminds me of Home Alone— obviously the best Christmas movie in the universe.”

“If It Doesn’t Snow On Christmas” by Joe Pesci
Nick Fierro: “His cursing take me back to a warm and fuzzy place. Cursing is egg nog for the soul.”

“No Presents for Christmas” by King Diamond
Liz Green: “Because its not Christmas without speed metal.”

“The Season’s Upon Us” by Dropkick Murphys
Rocky Rakovic: “An accurate representation of modern Christmas.”

“Miracle” by Matisyahu
Todd Weinberger: “I’m throwing my Jews a bagel.”

“Little Saint Nick by The Beach Boys
Kristine Cummings: “Being a person who loves summer and sunshine, The Beach Boys singing about Christmas makes me smile and it’s a reminder that warmer days will be here before we know it!”

“By the Fireside” by Ellen and the Escapades
Brian Toynes: “It is an enchanting, folky track that will warm heart and spirit. Imagine Fleetwood Mac doing Christmas.”

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” by August Burns Red
Dylan Houser: “I think there needs to be more Christmas songs with double kick.”

“Love Is All Around Me” by The Troggs
Rocky Rakovic: “Love Actually is my favorite Christmas movie, yes I said it. Just substitute ‘Christmas’ for ‘love’ in the lyrics to channel your inner-Billy Mack.”

“Kris Kringle was a Car Thief” by Wesley Willis
Eric McGuire: “Wesley Willis for Christmas. Wesley Willis forever.”

“Father Christmas” by The Kinks
Eric McGuire: “Because who doesn’t want to strong arm the fat guy?”

“Silent Night” by Johnny Cash
Brian Toynes: The song embraces you like the comforting hug of a grandfather. Cash’s dusky voice commands attention and brings a stillness to the craziness that can consume us in this season.”

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