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"
"A Christmas Duel"
"Just Your Fool"
The Hives singles chronology
"Won't Be Long"
"A Christmas Duel"
"Go Right Ahead"
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.