Chances are you’re already sick of hearing All I Want for Christmas is You, you’ve already lost at Whamageddon about 8 times, and wonderful though it is you’ve probably reached Fairytale of New York saturation point a good week or so ago. But we reckon there are a whole bunch of lesser known Christmas songs out there worth your time…
Night Flowers – 2000 Miles
No video for this one (so that’s a good start) but you can listen to it in it’s entirety on Bandcamp here. Not only is it a beautiful cover of a gorgeous song, not only are the band (partly) local, they’re also donating all profits from digital sales of the song to CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).
Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
Now a bit of classic old school hip hop. Christmas Rappin’ (can’t beat a good pun right?) was the first rap track to be released on a major label, and finally went gold 8 years later, after selling well every Christmas.
Alkaline Trio – Snake Oil Tanker
Ok, so we’re getting in there with the tenuousness (we know that isn’t a word) early. But what could be more Christmassy than a depressing early Alkaline Trio song… that mentions Christmas?
Obviously Private Eye will be featured if we do a New Year songs post.
Tom Waits – Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis
We thought we’d go a bit more cheery… Nah just kidding, the misery continues with this wonderful track by Tom Waits. The perfect antidote to the chirpy warblings of Mariah, right?
Frightened Rabbit – It’s Christmas So We’ll Stop
We still find it hard to listen to Frightened Rabbit since the horrible news about singer Scott earlier this year, but we think Christmas is an important time to remember that’s it’s ok to not be ok, and to look out for our friends.
Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien for Christmas
Ok, we need cheering up after that. What better than a song about wanting an alien for Christmas? Thanks us later.
Christopher Lee – The Little Drummer Boy
Ok, we’re getting a bit weird now. Yes, this is THAT Christopher Lee (Saruman, Count Dooku from the awful Star Wars prequels) doing a heavy metal version of The Little Drummer Boy. When he was about 90. Eat your heart out, Bowie.
William Shatner – Jingle Bells (Punk Rock Version) feat. Henry Rollins
Now this feels a bit like we’ve crossed the weird barrier into some kind of alternate universe. Captain Kirk dueting with the singer of Black Flag on a version of Jingle Bells. Just listen, no words can describe it.
Honestly, it feels like we can’t possibly top that. I mean… Wow. But if you have any awesome underheard Christmas songs, why not add them below in the comments?