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Alternative Christmas Songs


While the alternative scene has never been shy in offering up its own contributions to the Christmas season it is often sidelined by more mainstream offerings. There are exceptions of course, like when post-glam band the Darkness came within a white whisker of having a number one with 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)' in 2006. With a little effort you can turn up some great new additions to your Christmas mixtapes from artists that don't have the budget of a Sir Cliff Richard marketing department.

Below you will find our video picks of the best alternative Christmas songs. As you'll see we've covered a lot of bases so to help you choose your favourites for the mood you are in we've separated them into several different categories. So if you feel like having a laugh then you'd probably be best served by the irreverent novelty of 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'. For those looking for a tad more introspection then the hushed brilliance of Laura Marling's 'Goodbye England, Covered In Snow' will offer you the best comfort blanket (of snow).


Get Out Of Your Rocking Chair Grandma, It's Time To Jingle Bell Rock

The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)
Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
The Waitress - Christmas Wrapping
The Kinks - Father Christmas
Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa
Simple - Christmas List


More Novelty Than A Christmas Cracker's Insides

The Killers - Don't Shoot Me Santa
The Flaming Lips - Christmas At The Zoo
Dr. Elmo - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer
Of Montreal - Is Christmas Safe For Animals
Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa


What To Do When Your Hair Is Already Down

Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa
James Brown - Soulful Christmas


Climb Inside This Quiet Snowglobe

The Cocteau Twins - Frosty The Snowman
Laura Marling - Goodbye England, Covered In Snow
Glasvegas - A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss)
Camera Obscura - Blizzard
Badly Drawn Boy - Donna & Blitzen
Candy Claws - Snowdrift Wish


I'll Pass On The Mulled Wine, Got Any Hot Toddy?

Zee Avi - No Christmas For Me
Joni Mitchell - River
The Long Blondes - Christmas Is Cancelled
Cocoon - Christmas Song


It Is A Happy Time After All

Sufjan Stevens - Put The Lights On The Tree
The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town


Baby, It's Cold Outside And I'm All Aglow

Best Coast & Wavves - Got Something For You
Pas/Cal - Last Christmas
Boca Chica - Not On Christmas Eve


Not Strictly A Christmas Song But We Always Associate It With Christmas For Some Reason

Madonna - Dear Jessie
Clarence Clemons & Jackson Browne - You're A Friend of Mine


They Certainly Have Christmas Covered

The Bird And The Bee - Carol of The Bells
Belle & Sebastian - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel