Christmas time is great!

There’s mince pies, presents, bright lights and everyone is forced to enjoy themselves! But there are some reasons why it can be annoying. The majority of people love the classic Christmas songs, and just can’t get enough of Michael Buble’s festive albums, but for the minority, it can grate on you a bit. If you are one of these people, then don’t fear, because there is more out there. It’s easy to miss all the alternative artists that bring out Christmas music in the overpowering frenzy of Mariah Carey remakes and the same old singers who rear their schmaltzy heads every December, so here is a playlist of some of the best alternative festive tracks for you.


The Leisure Society – Christmas Mistakes

A great, tongue-in-cheek tune about the inevitability of family fights and how Christmas is now more of a battle than a holiday.



Sufjan Stevens – Get Behind Me, Santa!

Sufjan has made a committed effort to releasing Christmas albums, and this, one that’s most reflective of his eccentric ways, certainly captures the crazy, fun essence of the season.



The Shins – Wonderful Christmastime

A cover of Paul McCartney’s classic that suits James Mercer’s style so much it seems like it was tailor made for The Shins.



The Flaming Lips – Christmas At The Zoo

There aren’t enough psychedelic Christmas song, and a mixture of Flaming Lips distorted style and a zoo theme make this top of the list of obscure and original Christmas classics.



Fun. – Sleighride

From a band who are certainly out for a good time, they inject a new burst of modern and instrumental energy into this old classic.



Emmy the Great & Tim Wheeler – Christmas Day (I Wish I Was Surfing)

A feel-good, surf-rock, Beach Boys-esque song about escaping Christmas and going surfing instead. Not too wintry, but it will definitely get your spirit high.



Bahamas – Christmas Must Be Tonight

A relaxed, funky twist on this cover of The Band’s track, giving Christmas an Americana sound that you can really sway along too.



KT Tunstall – Mele Kalikimaka

The most feel-good Christmas song going, KT takes this bouncy Hawaiian classic and brings the sunshine home to us.



Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop

In true Frightened Rabbit style, this is a Christmas song with a bit more raw emotional honesty, and a bit more substance, than perhaps we’re used to.



So don’t settle for the same old Christmas songs when there is so much choice out there!

About The Author

Josh is an English and Creative Writing graduate from Royal Holloway University of London. He writes plays, presents radio, draws comics and listens to folk music.

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