I Won't Be Home for Christmas

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"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
Single by Blink-182
Released October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Christmas music, punk rock, pop punk
Length 3:17
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mark Trombino
Blink-182 singles chronology
"First Date"
(2001)
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
(2001)
"Stay Together for the Kids"
(2002)

"I Won't Be Home for Christmas" is a song by American rock band Blink-182. The song was originally recorded and released as a radio promo in 1997. MCA Records reissued it internationally as a single on October 16, 2001. The song was recorded with original drummer Scott Raynor and produced by Mark Trombino, who produced the trio's second studio album, Dude Ranch (1997). The song's title is a parody of the Christmas song "I'll Be Home for Christmas".

The single charted at number one in Canada but it did not chart anywhere else, becoming the longest running number one single in Canada for 2001. It was number one for five weeks in 2001 and for one week in 2002.[1] It is the only song by the band to ever chart at number one in Canada.

Background[edit]

The song was originally recorded in 1997.[2][3] The song was later included on A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas (2003), a Christmas-themed compilation by Immortal Records.[4]

The song’s narrative follows a man "snapping" on Christmas Eve and attacking a group of carolers.[2] MSN Canada called the song "a high-energy punk war on Christmas."[2]

Reception[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

The song peaked at number one in Canada.[5] The song remained at the top of the charts for six non-consecutive weeks.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Blink-182

Promo Single
No. Title Length
1. "I Won't Be Home for Christmas"   3:17
Maxi Single
No. Title Length
1. "I Won't Be Home for Christmas"   3:04
2. "All the Small Things"   2:48
3. "Josie"   3:19
4. "Please Take Me Home"   3:05

Chart positions[edit]