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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


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


Michael Buble

Jardin d'hiver

Karen Valente

Winter Winds

Mumford & Sons

Sleigh Ride


Baby, It's Cold Outside

Rufus Wainwright

The Man With the Bag

Black Prairie

We Need a Little Christmas


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


Little Drummer Boy

The Dandy Warhols


Smashing Pumpkins

Just Like Christmas


Rock of Ages

Ben Kweller


Leona Naess

The Heartache Can Wait

Brandi Carlile

All My Bells Are Ringing


Maybe Next Year


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


Damien Rice

Joy to the World


Last Month of the Year

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Just Like Christmas

Snow Patrol

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