So it’s Christmas and by now you’re probably sick of the same old Christmas songs being played over and over and over. You can only listen to Michael Bublé Christmas so many times after all… So I decided to compile a short list of songs to add some variety to your festive celebrations. Enjoy!
1. Korn – Jingle Balls
Probably a slightly different cover of “Jingle Bells” to what you’re normally used to hearing, Jingle Balls is perhaps one of the heaviest songs Korn have ever recorded, but what better way to celebrate Christmas than with heavy metal?
2. Kate Nash – I Hate You This Christmas (Warning Explicit)
Not the jolliest of Christmas songs, Kate Nash’s punk rock I Hate You This Christmas tells the story of her finding out her boyfriend has been sleeping with her friend. May sound a bit depressing, but it makes for a good Christmas song.
3. Loose Tapestries – Can’t Wait For Christmas
Perhaps my favourite Christmas song to date, Can’t Wait for Christmas mixes Noel Fielding’s outlandish lyrics with a catchy beat and a memorable chorus that just makes you want to sing along. To top it off, it even features a brief rap by actor Idris Elba. What more can you want?!
4. The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa
One of the more well known songs on this list, Don’t Shoot Me Santa is one of ten Christmas songs that The Killers have released. The Killers have been releasing annual Christmas singles since 2006 in aid of the charity Product Red which helps support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. So listen to Don’t Shoot Me Santa and help raise money for charity in the process.
5. Set it Off – This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground)
A song about hating Christmas (I’m not the Grinch, honest!) is This Christmas (I’ll Burn It To The Ground). Although it may seem to start off like a typical Christmas song, it soon turns into something that sounds like it should belong in Tim Burton’s A Nightmare Before Christmas.
6. The Darkness – Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End)
Another song that you’re likely to have heard of, is Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End). With Justin Hawkins’ unique vocals, guitar solos and a children’s choir, Christmas Time is easy pickings for any festive playlist.
7. Fountains of Wayne – I Want An Alien For Christmas
Most people want a puppy for Christmas, but not Fountains of Wayne. They’d rather have “a little green guy about 3 feet high” for Christmas and they have it all thought out. He would live in the bathtub, he would be walked in the Spring and they’d hang around the house all day watching The Twilight Zone. Sounds like a plan.
8. Blink-182 – Won’t Be Home For Christmas
I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks Christmas carollers are irritating but I don’t react as badly as Won’t Be Home For Christmas describes. Apparently answering the door with a baseball bat leads to spending Christmas Eve in a jail cell. So take note for when the carollers come knocking.
9. Amon Amarth – Viking Christmas
Whoever thought that Vikings had a soft spot for Christmas? Amon Amarth’s Viking Christmas details all the things Vikings enjoy about Christmas, from the food to the presents to even reenacting the nativity scene…
10. Los Campesinos! – Kindle a Flame in Her Heart
It was a close call between recommending Kindle a Flame in Her Heart or A Doe to a Deer both by indie-pop band Los Campesinos! Both great songs and both worth a listen. Kindle a Flame in Her Heart however, won the toss due to the contrasting vocals in the duet making it different to your average Christmas song.
So there you have it. 10 alternative Christmas songs to add a bit of variety to your festive playlist. Loose Tapestries Can’t Wait for Christmas for Christmas number 1 anyone?
What are your favourite alternative Christmas songs? Let me know on Twitter: @pieces_of_time.