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10 Alternative Christmas songs worth listening to

Updated on February 22, 2012

You know Christmas is just around the corner when you get slapped about the head left, right and centre by Mariah Carey's "All I want for Christmas". The amount of times this song is played over and over and over again makes me wonder are there no other Christmas songs out there? Well the good news is yes there is. There are some great Christmas songs that are seldom played on mainstream TV or radio. I would like to share 10 of my favourites in this article.

10. Calling on Mary - Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann is perhaps most widely recognised from the brilliant haunting she did for the movie Magnolia in 1999. The song Calling on Mary comes from her 2006 Christmas album "One More Drifter in the Snow". The album comprises mainly of covers of such Christmas staples as "Have yourself a merry little Christmas", "White Christmas", "I'll be home for Christmas" get the drift. The album is beautiful in its simplicity and understatement and this original is a standout, it is beautifully melancholie and perfect to cosy up and listen to on a snowy winters evening.

9. Something about Christmas time - Bryan Adams

At one point in the early 90s Bryan Adams was the biggest rock star on the planet...then he put out "Everything I do..I do for you" and it was played on every radio station repeated on the hour every hour for about 3 years. I think people may have got a little bit sick of Bryan Adams after that. Nevertheless this often overlooked Christmas tune is a true rock ballad classic and not played nearly enough during the Christmas season in my humble opinion.

8. Christmas is going to the dogs - The Eels

I love the Eels, and I love dogs so this really is the perfect Christmas combination. This is a song from a B-sides album put out a few years back. They also have another Christmas song called "Everything's gonna be cool this Christmas" which is also worth checking out if you like this song.

7. I'll be home for Christmas - She and Him

This song has been covered thousands of time but it’s worth listening to the song one more time for this beautiful rendition. She and him are a duo of M Ward and Zooey Deschenal, yes that is the actress Zooey Deschenal. M Ward is a phenomenally talented singer songwriter and Zooey Deschenal compliments his minimalist guitar playing perfectly.

6. Father Christmas - The kinks

My Dad was a big Kinks fan and used to play this song over and over when I was a kid. Now I drive my kid’s nuts by playing it over and over to them.

5. Driving Home for Christmas - Chris Rea

OK I know this one is still played a lot but I had to throw it into the list. I just love this song it has a real warmth to it that is easy to relate to and I love to put this on the stereo when...well I’m driving home for Christmas. By the way it must be this version! Chris Rea, the original! Do not fall for the bad cover versions of this song!! OK I will calm down now.

4. Christmastime - The Smashing Pumpkins

This is a nice song which really captures what Christmas day is all about, the video is pretty cool as well.

3. That Was the Worst Christmas Ever - Sufjan Stevens

From the 2003 album Ding Dong! This song is so good I could listen to it all year around.

2. Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) - The Ramones

Get out your ripped Jeans and leather Jackets, it’s the Ramones!! On the face of it this sounds like a terrible combination (The Ramones and Christmas) but really it’s rather good.

1. Fairy tale in New York - The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl

This song has been overplayed a little in recent years but it is still the most perfect bittersweet Christmas song ever written. This song is simply timeless, it’s just not Christmas without the Pogues "Fairy Tale of New York"

So there is the list, I hope you find a song or two that you like.

Happy Christmas Hubbers.


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  • Theeyeballkid profile image

    Theeyeballkid 6 years ago

    Thanks dorothy, I will be sure to check it out as well as "The Bottle Let Me Down" (I couldn't post another reply on your post about childrens music.

    Thanks for reading.

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    buckleupdorothy 6 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

    Great list! I'd like to recommend the Killers newish Christmas album - brought it home with me this year and it was a huge hit.

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    Theeyeballkid 6 years ago

    I think you are being a little harsh on yourself there Kenneth, your writing is really laugh out loud funny, I find myself chuckling to myself as I read them. I'll be sure to get through more of your hubs over the coming days. You sure are Prolific, I don't know how you do it! My writing is pretty ordinary at the moment but I am hoping by hub 100 it'll have improved.

    As for my profile name it is a Tom Waits song. You are a big music fan, if you haven't checked out Tom Waits music, please do, its well worth the effort he is a real one off american original. His voice makes Dylan sound like a choirboy, which I think is a good thing, there are too many dime a dozen singers around these days that can sing but have no soul. Enjoy!

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    Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    Theeyeballkid, thank you, kindly for your remarks that touched my heart. I am amazed at such an interesting name as eyeballkid. How, if I may ask, did you get it? And I DO appreciate you reading my hubs. Did you get a good laugh? I hope so. I am so lousy at serious-minded subjects. But my weakness is abstract/prose poetry. And listen. Thanks again and you have a Great Christmas too.

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    Theeyeballkid 6 years ago

    Thank you very much for your kind words Kenneth and for the Follow. Funnily enough I had just finished reading several of your hubs before I read this comment. I would love to follow your work, you have a real gift for the written word. Have a very Happy Christmas.

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    Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

    12/17/2011....Theeyeballkid, where are all the comments on this fab hub? Marvelous and funny. Voted up and your writing style. These songs ARE good alternatives to the Andy Williams, Johnny Mathias elevator music we are forced to hear every Christmas season. Nothing against Andy or Johnny. They are icons. But change is nice too. I am honored to meet and FOLLOW you. YOu are invited to see more of my hubs if you need a good laugh and be one of my followers. Id appreciate that. Merry Christmas. Kenneth Avery, from Hamilton, a small town in northwest Alabama that looks like Mayberry, the little town on the Andy Griffith Show.