Christmas is a great of the year and I get into the spirit of things like everybody else.  I also like listening to Christmas music, but I have my limits.

Like drinking Tom & Jerrys, you can only take so much of The Carpenters and Johnny Mathis before you wanna throw up.  That's when it's time to turn to the likes of AC DC and Twisted Sister for holiday cheer.

If you're looking for Christmas music alternatives, add these five songs to your playlist:

"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Twisted Sister
Does this sound exactly like "We're Not Gonna Take It"?  Yes, it does and that's okay.  Dee Snider and company also manage to sneak in a little "Hava Nagila" on this one, which is part of entire Twisted Sister Christmas album that Grandma will love!

"Mistress For Chrismas" by AC/DC 
This little ditty is from "The Razors Edge" album.  Remember, not everyone has the same Christmas list for Santa.

"Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" by Stephen Pearcy and friends
The Elmo & Patsy version is painful to listen to for more than thirty seconds.  However, when placed into the hands of Ratt lead singer Stephen Pearcy, it's a different story.

Joining Pearcy on this are rockers Tracii Gun, Greg Bissonette, Bob Kulick and Billy Sheehan.

 

"Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)" by The Darkness
The Darkness is one of those bands that quietly have a loyal following, especially across the pond.  If you love your rock on the theatrical side, think Queen meets AC/DC by way of Thin Lizzy and Sweet, then you need The Darkness in your life.  There's a reason that Guns & Roses recently picked them to open as openers on their European tour.

I also love that they have a sense a humor, which they exhibit in some of their songs and especially in their videos.  A Christmas playlist just isn't complete without them.

 

"Christmas Christmas" by Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick knows how to do Christmas!  In fact, "Christmas Christmas" is an album they released just this year.  The whole album is worth a listen, and I especially dig the title track, which is the final cut on the album.

Rather than just play a single song, you can check out the entire album below.  Merry Christmas!