Ahhh, it’s that time of year again… Whether you love it or loathe it, Christmas is here once again. A time where the same 10 songs play on repeat in every- and I mean quite literally every- shopping centre, radio station and TV music channel annually for about 5 weeks. Whilst you can’t beat the occasional Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas is You” or the festive filled yell of Noddy Holder’s “IT’S CHRRRRRIIIISTMAAAAASSSS”, there’s plenty of alternative Christmas tracks you can (alternatively) enjoy over the festive period.
I’ve compiled a playlist filled with alternative Christmas songs (below) which features Christmas songs old and new (varying in popularity). The playlist includes songs by artists like Palma Violets, The Maccabees and Coldplay. As well as two of the seemingly many Christmas songs by The Killers and the infamous “The Fairytale of New York” (The Pogues ft. Kirsty MacColl), my favourite Christmas song, and “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” (John Lennon and Yoko Ono), another one of my favourites. There’s also Slaves’ cover of Wham’s “Last Christmas”, from the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge earlier this month (which isn’t on Spotify), which is equally as fantastic and linked here.
I’ve also included 2008’s “Is This Christmas?” by the Wombats as I think it perfectly sums up Christmas perfectly (without all the sugar coating and that). It’s filled with somewhat melancholic feelings of Christmas and laced with tales of Christmases as we get older and how the magic is lost in translation within the stressfulness of family Christmases.
Finally, there’s The Courteeners’ “Winter Wonderland”. I’m just starting to get really into the band and I stumbled across this song a month or so ago. The song was released this year and the proceeds from the song’s download sales are going to the charity “Shelter” (a charity for homelessness). It’s a lovely, christmassy song which is lyrically quite sweet and supports a charity to help raise awareness and combat homelessness- perfect.
I hope you enjoy the playlist and have a wonderful Christmas, wherever you are and whatever you may spend your day doing. Merry Christmas!