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When you think ugly sweaters, the first thing that comes to mind is Guns N Roses and The Offspring, right?

By Staff, compiled by Lauren Garcia

December 16 is National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day. OK, maybe it’s not an officially recognized holiday but it should be, right?

What started in the early 2000’s with hipsters re-purposing their grandparents’ holiday apparel has turned into a multi-million dollar business with major league sports teams and top-notch musical acts like Guns N’ Roses getting in on the fun. As the number of ugly sweater owners has grown, so have the number of holiday parties dedicated to the funny and sometimes inappropriate outerwear. “The phenomenon has gone from a chuckle-inducing excuse to party into a full-fledged corporate juggernaut,” said Time back in 2010, and the trend has continued to grow in the 16 years since.

While some keep costs low by silk-screening art onto crew neck cotton sweatshirts, many of today’s bands have stepped up to fully woven 100% acrylic or ultra-detailed jacquard sweaters manufactured overseas by hundreds of tiny elves.

Below you’ll find a selection of 15 sweaters sure to make rock and hip-hop fans stand out at the next holiday party.


When you think of Guns N’ Roses, you think of tight-fitting woven holiday sweaters, right? But at nearly half the price as other woven sweaters, this ugly sweater deal is not to be missed.
Price: $48
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guns n roses sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock

For 311’s foray into the ugly woven sweater game, the Nebraska funk rock band came out swinging with the vest-like look complete with alien heads across the chest.
Price: $45.00
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311 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock
The Disturbed “Immortalized” holiday sweatshirt features their trademark scary face print. According to the band their beastly offering is suitable for the finest establishments and swankest holiday parties. 100% cotton fleece.
Price: $65
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disturbed 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock

Nothing says metal like Korn’s jacquard woven sweater featuring the SoCal band’s logo knit on the front, spiders on the elbow areas and all-over reindeer and candy canes.
Price: $75
Buy it here.

korn 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock

This holiday season, Metallica not only have a brand new album, but the Bay Area group is offering “The Sweater That Should Not Be.” Designed with elements from the Black Album, this is a must have.
Price: $84.99
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metallica sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock


Many fans will argue that one Metallica holiday sweater just isn’t enough. Hearing the call, the band is offering an even more colorful Master of Puppets holiday sweater. It’s clearly a must-have.
Buy it here.

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Nas’ clothing line, HSTRY, has released a new sweater featuring a kneeling Santa. The legendary New York rapper is offering the silk screened design on black, red and green crew neck 100% cotton sweatshirts. According to HSTRY, a portion of proceeds from the sale of the sweater go to The Center for Court Innovation, a non-profit that seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system, reducing both crime and incarceration.
Price: $45
Buy it here.

nas sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that RockThe Ozz Man cometh. Fans of the British rocker should make a point to pick up the “How Ozzy Stole Christmas Sweatshirt.”
Price: $55
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The Pennywise Merry F*#king Christmas crew neck sweatshirt is a comparative bargain at only $28. Look stylish at your next party while still upsetting co-workers.
Price: $28
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pennywise sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock

Like 311’s offering, the new Queens of the Stone Age knit sweater features an alien. But why is the festive creature sitting atop a flying saucer-like mushroom flipping us the bird? God only knows.
Price: $29.99
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When you think of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it’s hard not to conjure up iconic elements of Southern California like palm trees, the hot summer sun and unfortunate tribal tattoos. This 100% polyester ugly Christmas sweater has all that and more.
Price: $80
Buy it here.


chili sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock


Run the Jewels? Nope. It’s run the yules this holiday season! Cheesy commodore 64-like graphics plus pixelated hearts and reindeer? Check. The band says: “Come Run The Yules with us and you’re guaranteed to win first prize at your illmatic holiday sweater party!”
Price: $50
Buy it here.

yules 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock


Slipknot’s woven holiday goat sweater is sure to disturb your church-going friends with its demonic iconography.
Price: $80
Buy it here.

slipknot sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock


Leave it to Orange County punk band The Offspring to pee on Christmas. The band has created a fully custom knit jacquard holiday sweater featuring the band’s logos along with reindeer doing their business.
Price: $75
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This isn’t your father’s ugly holiday sweater. The Rolling Stones’ fully woven sweater features the band’s trademark tongue logo on the chest.
Price: $85
Buy it here.

stones sweater 15 Ugly Christmas Sweaters that Rock

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