Here in the MTV Newsroom, the Christmas soundtrack consists mostly of Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You," the Pogues' "Fairytale of New York" and Dimmu Borgir's "Hybrid Stigmata — The Apostasy." (Just kidding — we're sort of tired of that Mariah Carey song.) But in the U.K., apparently nothing says Christmas cheer like Rage Against the Machine's classic refrain "F--- you/ I won't do what you tell me!" from their song "Killing in the Name," the breakout track from their landmark 1992 self-titled debut. It's back at the top of the charts in the U.K., besting "The X Factor" winner Joe McElderry.
The top-selling Christmas single is normally reserved for the winner of the show (victors have won the past five years), but a pair of guys started a Facebook campaign to elevate the Rage Against the Machine track to the top spot. The stunt drew the ire of "X Factor" creator Simon Cowell (who called it "cynical") and found support in Dave Grohl, Paul McCartney and the guys from Muse. (For a full recap of the events leading up to the band's victory, check out MTV New's Gil Kaufman's breakdown.)
Now that they've secured the top spot, Rage have pledged to play a free show in London to celebrate and want Cowell to introduce them as a sort of peace offering.
So remember: When you gather 'round the hearth to sing carols this week, know that you are now fully empowered to croon the immortal lines, "Some of those that work forces/ Are the same that burn crosses."