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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.

Listen to all songs for free in this YouTube playlist

 


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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