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
Songwriter(s) Randy Fitzsimmons
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"Into the Nightlife"
(2008) Into the Nightlife2008
"A Christmas Duel"
(2008) A Christmas Duel2008
"Just Your Fool"
(2010) Just Your Fool2010
The Hives singles chronology
"Won't Be Long"
(2008) Won't Be Long2008
"A Christmas Duel"
(2008) A Christmas Duel2008
"Go Right Ahead"
(2012) Go Right Ahead2012
Music video
"A Christmas Duel" on YouTube

"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 "really sweet music and nasty lyrics". As for how the collaboration took place, The Hives' lead singer Pelle Almqvist stated: "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."[1]

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


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