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50 Alternative Christmas Songs to Listen to This Year

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Are you sick of the traditional Christmas music already? I sure am. But because I’m not a scrooge or a grinch and I really love this time of year, I made a playlist of songs not overplayed. 

Not all songs are strictly Christmas songs and some are classics with a new twist. I hope you enjoy the music and let me know what songs you listen to this time of the year in the comments below.

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The Christmas Song

The Raveonettes

 

 

 

Last Christmas

The XX

 

 

 

Fairytale of New York

The Pogues

 

 

 

What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

 

 

 

Christmas Is Interesting

Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick

 

 

 

Light of Christmas

Owl City

 

 

 

Peppermint Winter

Owl City

 

 

 

Why Can’t It Be Christmas All Year

Rosie Thomas

 

 

 

Green Grows the Holly

Calexico

 

 

 

Christmas With You Is The Best

The Long Winters

 

 

 

Maybe This Christmas

Ron Sexsmith

 

 

 

The First Noel

Bright Eyes

 

 

 

One Christmas At a Time

Jonathan Coulton & John Roderick

 

 

 

It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop

Frightened Rabbit

 

 

 

Lumberjack Christmas

Sufjan Stevens

 

 

 

I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day

The Civil Wars

 

 

 

I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Blink 182

 

 

 

Silver Bells

The Polyphonic Spree

 

 

 

Christmas Day

She & Him

 

 

 

Everything

Michael Buble

 

 

 

Jardin d’hiver

Karen Valente

 

 

 

Winter Winds

Mumford & Sons

 

 

 

Sleigh Ride

fun.

 

 

 

Baby, It’s Cold Outside

Rufus Wainwright

 

 

 

The Man With the Bag

Black Prairie

 

 

 

We Need a Little Christmas

AgesandAges

 

 

 

That’s What I Want For Christmas

Holly Golightly

 

 

 

May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas

Irma Thomas

 

 

 

Blue Christmas

Heartless Bastards

 

 

 

December 25

Francesca Battistelli

 

 

 

Christmas Isn’t Christmas

The Boys Least Likely To

 

 

 

Christmas Dreams

Francesca Battistelli

 

 

 

Christmas is Going to the Dogs

Eels

 

 

 

Little Drummer Boy

The Dandy Warhols

 

 

 

Christmastime

Smashing Pumpkins

 

 

 

Just Like Christmas

Low

 

 

 

Rock of Ages

Ben Kweller

 

 

 

Christmas

Leona Naess

 

 

 

The Heartache Can Wait

Brandi Carlile

 

 

 

All My Bells Are Ringing

Lenka

 

 

 

Maybe Next Year

Meiko

 

 

 

The Christmas Song

Catherine Feeny

 

 

 

Santa Will Find You

Mindy Smith

 

 

 

Carol of the Bells

The Bird and the Bee

 

 

 

Silent Night

Damien Rice

 

 

 

Happy Christmas

Damien Rice

 

 

 

Hallelujah

Damien Rice

 

 

 

Joy to the World

Citizens

 

 

 

Last Month of the Year

The Blind Boys of Alabama

 

 

 

Just Like Christmas

Snow Patrol

 

 

 

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