A Christmas Duel

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"A Christmas Duel"
Single by The Hives and Cyndi Lauper
Released November 19, 2008
Format Paid download, 7" vinyl, CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:48
Cyndi Lauper chronology
"Into the Nightlife"
"A Christmas Duel"
"Just Your Fool"
The Hives chronology
"Won't Be Long"
"A Christmas Duel"
"Go Right Ahead"

"A Christmas Duel" is a special Christmas duet recorded by the Swedish rock band The Hives and American singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper. It was available as a single on November 19, 2008. It debuted at #6 on the Swedish Singles Charts published on December 28, and has since reached a peak at #4. It was released as a vinyl one-sided 7", a CD 5" single, and as download - all in Sweden only.

The song juxtaposes sweet music with nasty lyrics. As for how the collaboration took place,[1]

"We came up with the song and we figured it was a duet, and we'd always hoped to do a duet with Cyndi Lauper."

"A Christmas Duel" also appears on NO HO HO: Alternative Christmas Holiday Anthems released on November 10, 2009.[2]


  1. ^ "The Hives and Cyndi Lauper Engage In “A Christmas Duel”". Rolling Stone. Retrieved November 24, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Amazon.com". Retrieved December 5, 2009.