10 Alternative Christmas Songs to Spice up your Playlist | Feature

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Tired of the same old Christmas tunes? Try these alternative treats!

If you’ve had enough of Mariah Carey and fancy listening to something a bit different, here’s a list of Christmas songs to spice up your christmas playlist this year!

Circa Waves ‘Miss Christmas’

Speaking about their new song ‘Miss Christmas’ frontman Kieran Shudall said ‘As no one’s been able to hug their family for half a year we wanted to give you this song. A warm Christmassy cuddle to tide you over till Covid gets chinned out its shoes in 2021’  

Miss Christmas is the latest release in a bunch of new music by the band in 2020 from there new album Sad Happy 

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘If we make it through December

Another annual Christmas song by Phoebe Bridgers.  This time a cover of Merle Haggard’s ‘If we make it through December’. All proceeds from this track go to the Downtown Women’s Center, which helps support homeless women in Los Angeles. 

This follows the release of Bridgers highly successful Album Punisher released earlier in 2020 and this Christmas single is the perfect way to round off the year for Bridgers.

Blossoms – ‘Christmas Eve (soul purpose) & It’s going to be a cold winter

Blossoms released these two festive Christmas tracks which feature the Stockport Junior Voices Choir. The festive and upbeat pair of tracks bring a certain romantic charm and a sense of humour that the band bring in their delivery of lyrics. The tongue and cheek humour surrounding  mundane events in the Christmas period are exactly what you’d expect from the band. 

Pale Waves – ‘Last Christmas’

The synth heavy goth pop band released their cover of the iconic ‘Last Christmas’ to start Spotify’s singles series in 2018 but it couldn’t be further from the festive feel of the original. Pale waves bring a dark edge to this classic Christmas favourite. 

Wolf Alice – ‘Santa Baby’

‘Santa baby’ has been covered by a wide variety of artists from Madonna to Kylie Minogue. So when London band Wolf Alice decided to cover Santa baby in 2017 they brought a new charming sound to this Christmas classic. The vocal style of lead singer Ellie Rowsell compliments this song perfectly. A massively underrated cover in my opinion. 

Kate Nash – ‘I hate you this Christmas

This festive break up song is part of an EP Kate Nash released in 2013 called I Have Faith with Kate Nash. When speaking about this track Nash says “‘I Hate You This Christmas’ is about a break up ruining your holiday really, someone cheating on you and going home and being embarrassed to tell your parents. Being broken-hearted at Christmas sucks!”

A definite anti Christmas anthem.

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘Christmas song

Another one of Phoebe Bridgers annul Christmas songs but this one was  released in 2018.  A cover of McCarthy Trenching original when talking about this cover Bridgers stated that “The first time I heard this song it hit me like a ton of bricks. A lot of McCarthy Trenching songs do that. It’s not that often that I hear a Christmas song that doesn’t make me want to quit music.”

Lumineers – ‘Blue Christmas

In 2016 The Lumineers covered the classic Christmas track ‘Blue Christmas’, a song which has been covered by artists such as Elvis Presley, Tammy Wynette, and Willie Nelson.  Lead singer of the Lumineers Wesley Schulz stated “I grew up listening to Willie Nelson’s Xmas album Pretty Paper and this was always my favourite song on it. Of any Christmas song out there, this one stands out to me as a truly good song, Christmas or not.’ 

The Lumineers also used this single to draw attention on Cool Earth This Christmas a rainforest charity with all proceeds from this track going to this charity.

Sam Fender – ‘Winter Song

This year Sam Fender covered Alan Hull and Lindisfarne’s ‘ Winter Song’. What’s make’s this song so powerful is that unlike many other Christmas songs and covers is that it doesn’t glamorise the commercialism of christmas time. “Do you spare a thought for the homeless tramp, Who wishes he was dead, Or do you pull your bedclothes higher, Dream of summertime instead? When winter comes howling in.”  All proceeds from this song will be going to the Big Issue . 

Words by Holly Sawal

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