I Won't Be Home for Christmas

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This article is about the Blink-182 song. For the Simpsons episode, see I Won't Be Home for Christmas (The Simpsons).
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
Blink-182 - I Won't Be Home for Christmas cover.jpg
Single by Blink-182
Released October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
Format CD
Recorded 1997
Genre Punk rock, skate punk
Length 3:17
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Mark Trombino
Blink-182 singles chronology
"Stay Together for the Kids"
(2002)
"I Won't Be Home for Christmas"
(2001)
"Feeling This"
(2003)

"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 topped the charts in Canada, but it did not chart anywhere else, becoming the longest-running number one single in Canada for 2001. It remained at that position for five weeks in 2001 and for one week in 2002.[1] It is the band's sole Canadian number one.

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 tracks written 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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Canadian Singles Chart (Billboard)[6] 1
Preceded by
"Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of" by U2
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
December 1, 2001 - December 22, 2001
Succeeded by
"Only Time" by Enya
Preceded by
"Only Time" by Enya
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
January 5, 2002 - January 19, 2002
Succeeded by
"Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight" by Elton John

References[edit]

  1. ^ Top 40 Charts
  2. ^ a b c d Emma Jones (December 23, 2011). "Bah-humbug: Anti-Christmas songs to send the relatives running". MSN Canada. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ I Won't Be Home for Christmas (liner notes). Blink-182. US: MCA. 2002. 088 155 886-2. 
  4. ^ "Bosstones, Blink 182 Bolster 'A Santa Cause'". Billboard. September 18, 2003. Retrieved April 30, 2014. 
  5. ^ Billboard, December 8, 2001: Page 72 (Hits of the World: Canada)
  6. ^ "Hits of the World – Canada". Billboard. 113 (48): 70. December 1, 2001. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 20, 2016. 

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