We're all force-fed holiday cheer from Halloween through New Year's, and even if you really, really love Christmas music, hearing the same old standards and modern classics over and over again can begin to fill you with exactly the opposite of holiday cheer. To avoid the monotony of those soft-rockin' jingle-bellin' classics, we present ten non-traditional holiday songs that are actually pretty good.
1. Bishop Allen, "You'll Never Find My Christmas"
This track was released on The Christmas Gig, a fourteen-song album produced by Target and available for free download here. The whole album is worth a listen, but "You'll Never Find My Christmas" is by far the most fun.
...it even inspired a cute Target commercial.
"In the meadow we can build a snowman and pretend that he is Alan Parsons
He'll say 'Have you listened to my new band?' and we'll say 'No, but we really like that one song
It goes, 'Time keeps flowing like a river''"
4. Death Cab For Cutie, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
Death Cab's cover of "Christmas," a song written by Phil Spector and originally made famous by Darlene Love, was recorded for Maybe This Christmas Tree. The sweet innocence of Gibbard's vocals emphasize the earnest melancholy in the lyrics, making it a very different retelling of Love's original upbeat version.
5. Devo, "Merry Something to You"
Devo just wants to say Happy Holidays and not offend...
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