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17 Emo Holiday Songs For Everyone Who Hates Christmas

The Grinch thanks you for your service

If you're feeling less-than-merry this December, the last thing you want to hear is carolers belting "Fa la la la la" or "Jingle Bell Rock." But fear not, because your favorite mid-2000s rock bands have your back. These pop-punk and alternative covers — many of which are featured on the Punk Goes Christmas compilation album — are perfect for your inner Grinch.

  1. Fall Out Boy, "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out"

    Patrick Strump sums it up pretty well here: "Merry Christmas, I could care less."

  2. My Chemical Romance, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

    Gerard Way sing-screams his way through this Mariah Carey cover, transforming the famous love song into something much darker.

  3. Blink-182, "Happy Holidays, You Bastard"

    If you despise spending time with your family over the holidays, this song's for you.

  4. Jimmy Eat World, "Last Christmas"

    You didn't honestly think there wouldn't be a "Last Christmas" cover on this list, did you? The classic Wham! song fits with any genre.

  5. New Found Glory, "Ex-Miss"

    The name says it all, really.

  6. All Time Low, "Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass"

    Here's your holiday heartbreak anthem if you've just gone through a breakup.

  7. Yellowcard, "Christmas Lights"

    Not even festive lights can make frontman Ryan Key feel better about fighting over the holidays.

  8. Set It Off, "This Christmas (I'll Burn It to the Ground)"

    This song is about stealing presents and literally setting them on fire in the streets. You can't get much more Grinchy than that.

  9. The Killers, "Don't Shoot Me Santa"

    Instead of coal, Santa brings a gun. This sounds unsafe.

  10. Good Charlotte, "Christmas By The Phone"

    Joel and Benji Madden ask their girlfriends to postpone their breakups until after Christmas. But then who are they going to kiss on New Year's Eve?

  11. William Beckett, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

    This 1962 song has been covered by hundreds of artists over the years, but Beckett from The Academy Is... slows it down for a somber ballad.

  12. The Ready Set, "I Don't Wanna Spend Another Christmas Without You"

    The Ready Set don't want to celebrate the season without their significant others ever again. But do their girlfriends feel the same way about them?

  13. Emery, "(Ho Ho Hey) A Way For Santa's Sleigh"

    According to Emery, all the children are crying because Santa can't find his way to their houses. Welp.

  14. The Maine, "Santa Stole My Girlfriend"

    In this song, Santa is apparently a womanizer who woos your girl and takes her away to the North Pole. Don't you hate when that happens?

  15. Weezer, "The Christmas Song"

    Picture a Santa hat on the forever alone meme. That's what this song feels like.

  16. Relient K, "I Hate Christmas Parties"

    Yet another breakup song. I though winter was supposed to be cuffing season. Why are so many people calling it quits?

  17. VersaEmerge, "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch"

    The ruthless tune from How the Grinch Stole Christmas is great for anyone who feels like their heart's an empty hole. Perhaps 2017 will fill it with something warm again.