Best alternative Christmas songs, from Bob Dylan to The Kinks OLD


So, you’ve spent all your money on gifts, been kicked out of your bed due to visiting relatives and have already heard “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” around 94 times.

Love them or hate them, Christmas songs are a big part of the festive period – and so they should be. Hearing them while unwrapping gifts or peeling parsnips the night before must fill with you with some yuletide cheer (and, let's be honest: “Fairytale of New York” will always be a classic).

But it’s time to spread your Christmas music wings. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled the alternative tracks that may be less popular than the old familiars, but will work just as effectively – if not better – on the big morning.

You can find the playlist below.

Featured are the likes of Aimee Mann, Bob Dylan and Marvin Gaye, whose lesser-known Christmas efforts will have your hearts warming like chestnuts on an open fire.

Band-wise, it’s time to be introduced to gems from the likes of 1960s group The Flirtations, Scottish indie collective Glasvegas and US rock band Enuff Z’Nuff.

Obviously, it's impossible tbe completely sick of the classics so head over here for our ranking of the greatest on offer.

Enjoy – and a Merry Christmas to you all.

Have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.

This article was originally published in 2018