It’s December so let your pint glass be half full for a change and get into the festive spirit with what started as a Top Ten but but soon became the London Celtic Punk’s Top Twenty of the best kick-arse Christmas Celtic-Punk tunes ever written and absolutely no surprises at #1.
20. THE PRIESTS FEATURING SHANE MacGOWAN- ‘Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth’
Yeah you read that right. It may not quite reach the heights of Bing’n’Bowie but feck it nothing this man does is anything short of brilliant!
19. THE RUFFIANS- ‘Christmas In Killarney’
The Ruffians cover the holiday classic ‘Christmas In Killarney’ on their 2005 Christmas EP Together at Christmas.
18. REILLY- ‘Paddy’s Christmas’
Milwaukee Celtic punk band Reilly’s version of Snoopy’s Christmas, now called ‘Paddy’s Christmas’ on their 2008 album Kick Ass Celtic Christmas.
17. THE GOBSHITES- ‘Christmas Eve In The Boozer’
Boston Celtic punk band The Gobshites’ cover of the Yobs’ Christmas Eve in the Boozer. On The Gobshites’ album When the Shite Hits the Fan.
16. IRISH ROVER – ‘Christmas Time In Hells’
Performed entirely by Rover MacChroi and one for the miserablists out there. This guys glass is definitely half empty!
15. DROPKICK MURPHYS- ‘AK47 [All I Want For Christmas Is An]’
Proof the Murphs can do no wrong…
14. THE REAL McKENZIES- ‘Auld Lang Syne’
Now not strictly a Christmas song but I’ve met Scots who actually enjoy Hogmaney (New Years Eve) more than Christmas!
13. THE MAHONES- ‘Angels Without Wings/Merry Christmas Baby’
From The Mahones 2012 album Angels & Devils here is their awesome Christmas song featuring Felicity Hamer.
12. SHANE MacGOWAN- ‘Christmas Lullaby’
Gotta love this tune. Irish blues with a punk rock edge. McGowan nails it again.
11. STIFF LITTLE FINGERS- ‘White Christmas’
Belfast punk rock legends, and still going from strength to strength, cause Bing to rotate in his grave with this which appeared on the B-side of ‘The Edge’ 7″ in 1979.
10. SHILELAGH LAW- ‘Christmas In New York’
Christmas is many things to many people. I will always remember that a good mate Steve died on Christmas Eve and so it’s also a good time to think of those who have passed and raise a glass to them. Here’s a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001, by NY’ers Shilelagh Law.
9. LEXINGTON FIELD- ‘Christmas At The Pub’
This spot was originally held by the Spanish/German band Malasaners but their video disappeared overnight during the clampdown so the search was on for a replacement and last years Yuletide tidings from American- Irish fiddle rockers Lexington Field seemed an obvious choice seeing as we have spent most of the year outside pubs looking in!
8. FINNEGAN’S HELL- ‘Drunken Christmas’
Sweden’s Finnegan’s Hell deliver an unorthodox Christmas anthem and yeah, yeah, yeah some Irish stereotyping sure but get over yourselves. What is it you think The Dubliners sang about? My house at Christmas was more like this than what you see on the BBC I can tell you. Anyway judge for yourself!
7. CelKILT- ‘Santa Santa!’
CeltKilt from France even released a full album of Christmas themed songs Kiltmas Songs! in 2015 and as they say themselves, and it sounds better in French I think, “festive celtic rock celtique festif”.
6. THE WAGES OF SIN- ‘Merry Christmas From The Wages’
Enjoy the festive sights, sounds, and smells of the season with Wages Of Sin and their first, and possibly last, holiday single!
5. DARBY O’GILL AND THE LITTLE PEOPLE- ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’
Possibly a bit much for this Catholic Bhoy to bare so if you of a delicate disposition skip to #6. It is hilarious though from this Oregon band from their 2007 album Christmas Songs for Drunken Atheists.
4. KRAKIN’ KELLYS- ‘Christmas In Kelly Green’
This space was previously occupied by West Virginian Celtic-Punk legends The Gentlemen but the You Tube account closed and the video has been lost in the ether so after a bit of thought I settled upon Krakin’ Kellys 2018 Christmas themed track ‘Christmas In Kelly Green’. The hottest new band in Celtic-Punk its hard to imagine these Belgian rockers only formed in 2017!
3. THE NARROWBACKS- Prodigal Son (I’ll Be Home For Christmas)
Part filmed at Paddy Reilly’s in New York this song actually brought a tear to my eye when I first heard it. After a couple of years of not speaking to my Mammy after a stupid argument we had only just made up. Kids look after your family. Keep them close and love them lots.
2. THE DROPKICK MURPHYS- ‘The Seasons Upon Us’ (2016)
Unfortunate to go up against The Pogues this is The Murphys superb Christmas epic. Hilarious video of Irish-American life. Sure to lift the spirits.
1. THE POGUES FEATURING KIRSTY MacCOLL- The Fairytale Of New York
When you see other Christmas best of list’s they always put ‘Arguably the greatest Christmas song of all time’ well we’ve no time for that bollocks. It is without a doubt THE greatest Christmas song of all time so there! R.I.P Kirsty
so there’s our Top Twenty. If you think we missed any post in the comments as is usually the way with these things we couldn’t stop there so bubbling under here’s one to play loud and proud!
…and so we end with some great words “let’s not fight tonight”. Just listen to The Ramones instead.