Lil Jon, Adele, and 10 other Unlikely Heavy Metal Covers

Brittany Spears' "Toxic" is so good, even a hardcore cover doesn't suck.
Brittany Spears' "Toxic" is so good, even a hardcore cover doesn't suck.
Screenshot from A Static Lullaby's "Toxic" video

Whatever your religious beliefs -- Christian, Jewish, Pagan, Athiest -- there's no avoiding the ruckus of the holiday season. For me, Christmas brings a lot of old traditions, love and charitable giving, but there's a lot of needless commercialism that's shoved down everyone's throats starting the day after Halloween.

So kick back and take a break from the stress of shopping, visiting in-laws, gift-wrapping, and terrible holiday song covers by Taylor Swift and Mariah Carey. Seriously -- not only do we have to put up with pop and hip-hop year-round, but then they invade the already-smothering lineup of carols?

Welcome to your heavy metal music break: If mainstream artists can assault your ears via every genre, you can be damn sure that heavy metal steals the thunder now and again, too. So forget the list of heavy metal Christmas carols.

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Here are 12 unlikely (and some already popular) covers by some great heavy metal bands that will totally rock your seasonal stress away. Upon a Burning Body covering Lil Jon, Static Lullaby covering Britney Spears, The Word Alive covering Kanye West -- it might just transform some of those "Turn Down For What's" into a decent pieces of work.

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Upon a Burning Body featuring Ice T: Lil Jon's "Turn Down For What"

This is the cover that inspired this Metal Mondays list. As someone who can't stand Lil Jon, or this song for that matter -- I now love this song. Ot at least this cover.

Upon This Dawning: Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe"

This song always confused me. Don't be thrown by the beginning pop-py sound in the vocals; it gets better I promise. Although, this makes the song sound even more stalkerish than the original.

Throwdown: Sir-Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back"

The OC metalcore band brings this 1992 smash single to the next hardcore level.

Megadeth: Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"

While this track is more of a classic, this Megadeth cover from the band's debut album gives the '60s pop era its proper due.

Hopes Die Last: Katy Perry's "Firework"

The lyrical premise of this song is so *headtodesk pointless that it's nice to have some great heaviness to headbang too, all while daydreaming about Katy Perry's hotness.

Anthrax: Public Enemy's "Bring the Noise"

I know you've heard this one, but I can't compile a list of great metal covers without including it. Recorded in 1991, it's proof that heavy metal and rap fans (or at least those who know good hip hop) truly aren't that far apart.

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