Correct me if I am wrong, but if you turn on the radio between November 1st and January 1st it seems like all you hear is the same 17 holiday songs, covered about 1,000 times each. “The Christmas Song”,” Jingle Bell Rock”, “White Christmas” I don’t really need to name any more of them because you already know them. These songs can get old, but how else can you musically get into the holiday spirit? There are so many original holiday songs out there that get little to no radio play simply because they are not as well known as “Jingle Bells.”
So, if you are like me and want to listen to alternative holiday songs, I have compiled a list of some of the best off the beaten track songs. To help you get into the holiday mood. Or not. Some of them don’t actually help at all.
Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight)- The Ramones
The Ramones brought us a quick, punky, holiday ditty back in 1989. It’s perfect because holidays can bring family tension and this song reminds us not to fight on Christmas.
How Do You Channukkahh?- The LeeVees
One of the guys from Guster and a guy from The Zambonis came together and released an album called Hanukah Rocks which was an album full of rockin Hanukkah songs. Which the world needs more of. This song addresses the question we all want an answer to: how do you spell Hanukkah?
I Wish It Was Christmas Today- Julian Casablancas (cover)
Originally done by Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Fallon and Chris Kattan on SNL, The Strokes front man Julian Casablancas does a pretty awesome cover of a song that needs to become canon like, now.
Less Egg, More Nog (It’s a Deadbeat Christmas)- Matt Duke
For the cynics.
Ho Ho Hopefully- The Maine feat. Brighten
The Maine released an entire Christmas EP what seems like a million years ago, and it was actually pretty decent. I chose this one because the video still makes me laugh.
It’s Christmas and You’re Boring Me- Slow Club
Again, for the cynics. Slow Club released an amazing Christmas EP in 2009. It featured covers of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” and “Silent Night” but the rest of the EP were originals. Tracks included “All Alone on Christmas” and “Christmas, Thanks for Nothing” which was also the title of the EP. Cynicism is best served as a folky English duo, I think.