Have Yourself an Angsty Little Christmas: 10 Geeky Holiday Tunes to Raise Your Spirits


6. ‘Father Christmas’ — The Kinks

The tough kids want to beat up Santa for his presents? Who knew Santa was a geek too? This is not a song to play the kids — in fact, every time it would come on, my wife would immediately hit the advance button. Of course, the song is now my son’s favorite Christmas song. The original by the Kinks came out in 1977, and has been covered by Green Day and OK Go.

7. ‘Santa’s Beard’ — They Might Be Giants

As if I don’t have enough to worry about during the holidays without some fat old guy hitting on my wife and giving her presents under the mistletoe. This is a TMBG classic that I play every Christmas.

8. ‘Frosty the Snowman’ — Cocteau Twins

The story of everybody’s favorite frozen Golem is made even more magical when sung by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. How is this an angsty holiday song? Don’t forget the impending doom that Frosty is facing.

9. ‘The Rocky Hora Chanukah Song’ — The Shlomones

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahah … gasp … hahahahahahahahahahahah … hahaha. Phew. Sniff. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

10. ‘Cold, Cold Christmas’ — Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert has a big ball of pain during Christmas as he sings the noel equivalent of The Smiths’ song “I’ve Come to Wish You an Unhappy Birthday.” The song was part of Colbert’s special A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All!. The show premiered in 2008.

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