25 Christmas Songs for People Who Hate Christmas Songs

I don’t remember when I started to hate Christmas music, but if I had to guess, it probably started when I first heard the broken skis variation on “Dashing Through the Snow.”  Don’t get me wrong, I’m no Scrooge.  I adore the holiday, the Christmas specials, and everything it means, but I turn into a real Grinch, if you ask me to sing “Jingle Bells.”  Even though there’s nothing more that I’d love than to chuck the copies of Sounds of the Season: NBC Holiday Edition or  Michael Bublé’s Christmas from my parents’ CD collection, there are a handful of Christmas songs I like, albeit most of them humorous or less traditional tracks.  Therefore, I opted to find 25 Christmas songs that I actually enjoy.  Here are the definitive BurgerADay Christmas jams.

  1. The Mountain Goats-“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

If you’re like me, you’re of the opinion that everything John Darnielle touches turns to gold, and the Mountain Goats could even make a Christmas song bearable.  I only like this song when the Mountain Goats are playing it. Continue reading

10 Songs for 4 years: A Playlist for a Trump Presidency.

Now, the polls have closed. Clinton won the popular vote, but Donald Trump received the majority of electoral votes. He will be our next president. Eight years of progress will be undone once Trump takes office in January. While I legitimately do hope that Trump is a good president, my better senses tell me he won’t be. Even though it seems that no good can come of all of this, some of my favorite music came out of anger for politicians. Here are some songs for a Trump presidency:

Green Day-“Holiday”

American Idiot has been in heavy rotation today. Even though the title track is often used as the marker for discontent, “Holiday” is easily the most political fueled track on the album. Billie Joe has recently been altering the lyrics to include “Pulverize the Donald Trump Towers,” and just as Green Day amplified a nation’s disgust in 2004, this song still rings true. Continue reading

7 Punk Songs by Republicans

Traditionally, punk rock has tried to go against tradition.  While nothing seems more rooted in tradition and values than the Republican Party, there have been a number of punks to lean to the right.  Despite most punks denouncing the current GOP nominee, Donald Trump, there are definitely tracks here that you could enjoy no matter where you fall on the political spectrum.


The Ramones-“My Brain is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)”


Despite this scathing criticism of Ronald Reagan, Johnny Ramone was a strict conservative, and he hated this song.  Johnny Ramone has been quoted as saying “People drift towards liberalism at a young age, and I always hope they change when they see how the world really is.”  Joey and Dee Dee Ramone are the authors of this catchy number.  Johnny Ramone’s guitar work isn’t as raucous as in more popular Ramones songs, but this is still a classic track, even if Johnny supported Reagan.


Fear-“I Don’t Care About You”


Fear’s biggest claim to fame is probably being banned from Saturday Night Live following their 1981 appearance on Halloween.  Their other most infamous appearance is probably at the end of Penelope Spheeris’ The Decline of Western Civilization, in which frontman Lee Ving harasses their audience calling them “fags” and “queers.”  Ving’s political stance has created conflict between him and past members.  Fear was still one of the most popular bands in the early hardcore scene, and “I Don’t Care About You” might as well be the official campaign song for Donald Trump’s Campaign.


Megadeth-“Anarchy in the U.K.”


            Technically, Megadeth isn’t a punk band, but they are the most political of the Big 4 of Thrash.  Also, this is a Sex Pistols cover.  Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth in wake of his time in Metallica, and his highly political lyrics have always been a driving force behind Megadeth’s success.  Despite earlier lyrics having a distinctly left-leaning viewpoint, Mustaine has veered more conservative since 2004.  He’s been incredibly vocal against President Obama, and on at least one occasion (where I saw Megadeth), he closed out the night by saying, “Don’t believe them when they say, ‘Dave’s a right wing nutjob.’ Have a good night.”  Dave is, otherwise he wouldn’t be an Obama birther.


The Misfits-“Dig Up Her Bones”

Besides Johnny Ramone, Michale Graves may be one of the most famous republicans in punk.  Despite having more of a libertarian tilt to him now, Graves has been vocal about his views even as the lead vocalist for the punk-legends from 1995-2000.  Even though he never really delivered any classic Misfit tracks, “Dig Up Her Bones” is pretty good, and the best Misfits songs are apolitical, anyway.


The Undead-“Nightmare”


            This lesser known punk group have played Tea Party rallies, but this song is interesting.  As is the case with some punk bands, it’s hard to tell when they’re being sarcastic.  This song certainly is catchy though.  Bobby Steele was also an early member of The Misfits and is the only original member still in the band.  Regardless, a song that says “Fuck your laws” is punk as all hell.


All-“Wishing Well”


Dave Smalley, who fronted the post-Descendents band All, has appeared to be a more right-of-center punk.  In some interviews, he preaches a need for both voices in punk, but he has also contributed to the website conservativepunk.com.  Smalley also has a degree in political science, so he may be the most informed person on this list, but I could always be wrong.  Regardless, this Allroy for Prez track is fun as fuck.  It’s an upbeat pop-punk track that sounds straight out of a Tony Hawk Pro Skater game.


The Vandals-“My Girlfriend’s Dead”


This is a silly song from Hitler Bad, Vandals Good.  Bassist Joe Escalante contributes to conservative site Ricochet, but the band still makes silly apolitical punk that any fan of blink-182 could enjoy.


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