5 Holiday Songs You Probably Haven’t Heard

Different Style Holiday Songs

If you are out shopping or turn on the radio any time between now and Thanksgiving, you will no doubt hear holiday music coming through the speakers. While a little music can put anyone in the holiday spirit, by the middle of December it can start to get a bit old. It seems like just about every artist is putting out a Christmas album, mostly filled with covers of the same standards like “Silent Night” and “White Christmas”. There’s nothing wrong with the classics, of course, but sometimes you just need something a little different.  If you find yourself in a holiday music rut, turn to these holiday songs to switch things up.

A little off the beaten path, they’re just what Santa ordered. And, they are all 100 percent original:

J.D. McPherson – Twinkle Little Christmas Lights

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J.D. McPherson is all about that early rock and roll sound, and it definitely comes through on this song. There are still sleigh bells and other elements of a classic holiday song, but done in a new, fun way. Put this one on at your holiday party and you’re guaranteed to get everyone up and boogying 1950s style.

I Want an Alien for Christmas – Fountains of Wayne

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The band best known for its early 2000s hit “Stacy’s Mom” ventured into the world of holiday music with this song. The rocking beat and strong chorus are reminiscent of their other songs and very different from more traditional holiday songs. This catchy tune will likely be stuck in your head until New Year’s Day.

Straight, No Chaser – Nutcracker

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The Nutcracker Suite is a staple during the holidays, but you’ve never heard it like this. A cappella group Straight, No Chaser sings about a man being forced by his wife to go see the play. The song uses the music from the ballet but shakes up the lyrics in a hilarious way.

Coldplay – Christmas Lights

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Unless you listen closely, you might not even recognize this as a holiday song. It easily fits in with the rest of Coldplay’s catalogue. But, pay attention to the lyrics and hear Chris Martin sing about how Christmas brings hope even in tough times.

Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson – Wintersong

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Two powerhouse singer-songwriters teamed up in 2008 for this holiday tune. It’s a little more mellow than other holiday songs, but it’s a nice change of pace. Put on this song and get cozy on one of the lazy days between Christmas and New Year.