13 songs you won’t hear on the radio this holiday season

By on December 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

road trip musicWhen I was in college, I worked at a restaurant that had a holiday playlist of about 10 songs that was on repeat from Thanksgiving until Christmas. This meant I’d hear the same version of “Hey, Santa!” by Carnie and Wendy Wilson up to 25 times during one shift.

Miraculously, despite that experience, I have nothing against the traditional versions of holiday songs that every radio station plays. But I think we could all use something new this year, so here are 13 songs from bands I enjoy year-round to add a little variety to your playlist.

My Morning Jacket “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”

LCD Soundsystem – “Oh You (Christmas Blues)”

She & Him – “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

The Head and the Heart – “Winter Song”

Fun. – “Sleigh Ride”

The Shins – “Wonderful Christmastime”

Death Cab for Cutie – “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Islands – “Cold Again”

Sufjan Stevens – “Jingle Bells”

The Flaming Lips – “Little Drummer Boy”

!!! – “And Anyway It’s Christmas”

The Killers – “A Great Big Sled”

The Walkmen – “In the New Year”

Hopefully this list helps you discover some new music this year. Share your favorite holiday songs in the comments!