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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.

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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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