Unconventional Christmas Carols

I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas music. It’s almost a shame that we only listen to it this time each year (even though I have been known to listen to a Christmas song on my iPod ANY time of the year, if it comes up on shuffle).

Most people know the standards (“Jingle Bells,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”) and the novelty recordings (“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer,” “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas”) but what I want to focus on today are my top 10 Christmas songs that you have probably never heard. Most of these fall into the rock/indie rock category.

Candypants – The Happiest Time Of The Year

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Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today
Cover of the SNL song written by Horatio Sanz

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Eugene Edwards – Dear Mom and Dad

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Eels – Everything’s Gonna Be Cool This Christmas

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Grandaddy – Alan Parsons In A Winter Wonderland
Sample lyric: “In the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he is Alan Parsons.”

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Low – Just Like Christmas

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The Raveonettes – Come On Santa

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Shonen Knife – Space Christmas

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Stew – Now I Have It All (It’s Christmas Time Again)
Free MP3 available to download at Stewsongs.com

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The Weepies – All That I Want
This was featured in a Target commercial last year, and it instantly became one of my favorite Christmas songs.

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In my opinion, all of these songs make a fine addition to any Christmas mix. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I have.

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