Rock music may seem a bit too aggressive for a quiet Christmas night with your family but that’s not necessarily the case. Rock music has a wide variety of different sub-genres, some of which are a lot more relaxed than others. Finding great rock Christmas songs that anyone can enjoy is actually quite easy if you know where to look. With that in mind, today we’re going to help you find the perfect Christmas rock songs and also show you how to download them for free so that you can create a great playlist this holiday season.

Part 1: Top 20 Best Rock Christmas Songs

The Beatles – Christmas Time is Here Again

It’s a bit hard to find modern rock n roll Christmas songs today so you’ll need to go search for them back in the 60s. If you do, you’re likely to come across this holiday gem by none other than The Beatles themselves.

The Killers – A Great Big Sled

If you’re feeling nostalgic around this time of the year and wish you could go back to being a kid and playing in the snow, this song is definitely for you.

Bon Jovi – Blue Christmas

This song was originally made famous by Elvis Presley and his interpretation sounds just as amazing as you think. However, even more amazing is that Jon Bon Jovi does his own cover of Blue Christmas and manages to sound exactly like Elvis.

Queen – Thank God it’s Christmas

One of the most memorable rock Christmas songs of all time comes courtesy of Queen. Originally released in 1984 as a single in the UK, Thank God it’s Christmas became famous worldwide when it resurfaced in 1999 on the Great Hits III album.

Blink 182 – I Won’t Be Home for Christmas

The perfect punk rock Christmas song for those who aren’t too excited about the upcoming holiday. But even if you’re not a big fan of Christmas, you should still totally check out this song because it’s awesome.

Rob Halford – O Holy Night

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford sets aside his heavy metal persona as he performs a very heartwarming interpretation of the classic carol O Holy Night.

Corey Taylor – X-M@$

Speaking of lead singers, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor doesn’t share Rob Halford’s love for Christmas. In fact, he seems to despise it. If you’re a fan of Slipknot this should definitely go on your playlist immediately. But if you think of Christmas as a holy celebration, you should probably say away from X-M@$ because it’s pretty NSFW, to say the least.

Green Day – Xmas Time of the Year

Going back to punk rock Christmas songs, we have a great entry from Green Day who have an unexpectedly cheery song, especially for the holiday season. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not exactly a happy song but it’s as close as you can get considering it’s from Green Day.

John Lennon – Happy Xmas (War is Over)

There are plenty of both modern and classic rock Christmas songs based on John Lennon’s Happy Xmas but the original remains the most famous and arguably the best of them all to this day.

Linkin Park – My December

One of Linkin Park’s saddest songs feels even sadder now that lead singer Chester Bennington passed away. My December is a hauntingly beautiful song about the loneliness many people experience during this time of year.

The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

Rock bands don’t usually have more than one Christmas song but The Killers are a bit of an exception. Don’t Shoot Me Santa is strange, funny, and perfect for those looking for a more unusual rock Christmas song this year.

Sum 41 & Tenacious D – Things I Want

Take Tenacious D vocalist Jack Black’s iconic voice and pair it up with heavy punk rock instrumentals provided with Sum 41. What do you get? Exactly, the perfect formula for an absolutely awesome song, which just so happens to be about writing an honest letter to Santa Claus.

Dropkick Murphys – The Season’s Upon Us

Family reunions at Christmas can be pure joy, but only if you have the type of relatives you’d want to hang out with the first place. Dysfunctional families are a different story altogether and they’re portrayed perfectly in this song.

My Chemical Romance – All I Want for Christmas is You

It’s a shame My Chemical Romance isn’t around anymore but at least we still have this great rock Christmas song from them to warm us up this holiday season.

Twisted Sister – Deck the Halls

A lot of rock bands have created their own versions of the classic Christmas carol Deck the Halls but this particular version by heavy metal band Twisted Sister has to be the best one yet.

Crown the Empire – There Will Be no Christmas

Bad Religion – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Alice Cooper – Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Dez Fafara – Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Lemmy Kilmister – Run Rudolph Run

Part 2: How to Download Rock Christmas Songs from YouTube for Free

Headbanging to rock Christmas songs just isn’t the same when you’re listening to the songs online and are constantly interrupted by annoying ads or a slow internet connection. So why not download all your favorite songs and listen to them offline instead? With DVDFab YouTube to MP3, you can do just that with very little hassle because the software is very fast and can even download entire playlists in one go. Every song you download with this tool is automatically converted to MP3 for easy listening on pretty much any media player and device you can think of. Here’s how it works:

1. Open the new DVDFab 11 client and go to the Utilities section to find the tool labeled YouTube to MP3.

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2. Open the tool and then go to YouTube and search for your favorite Christmas rock songs that you want to download. Copy the URL of an individual song or a song that’s part of a playlist and return to the software.

download rock christmas songs from youtube

3. Paste in the URL and the song will automatically start downloading to the default destination folder, which you can change at any time using the bottom menu. If you pasted a song that’s part of a playlist, the tool will ask if you want to download the entire playlist or just that individual song.

download rock christmas songs from youtube

4. Once all of the songs have finished download go to the Finished tab and click the folder icon to jump straight to the directory where they are stored. Feel free to play them directly or transfer them to a different device so you can listen to them later.

download rock christmas songs from youtube


Rock Christmas songs are as diverse as the rock genre itself, which means there is always something for everyone. We tried to include songs from as many different sub-genres as possible on this list so hopefully, you can find a few songs that are just perfect for your Christmas-themed playlist. If you did find a few songs you like, make sure to download them with YouTube to MP3 and avoid the hassles that can sometimes occur when you’re listening to music online.