The 25 Christmas Songs You Never Listen To, But Should

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“Silent Night,” “Joy To The World” and “O Holy Night” are the most popular Christmas songs, according to TIME. There’s definitely something to be said about traditional music and the oldies but goodies.

But what about all the songs not playing on the radio? This holiday season, let’s think outside the box and add some new tunes to the Christmas playlist. You can start with these suggestions. Some are original songs, both old and new, and some are lesser-known renditions of classics.


LOVESICK

“(Christmas) Baby Please Come Home” by KT Tunstall

“30 Days” by Never Shout Never

“Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson

“Just For Now” by Kelly Clarkson


FOLKSY

“Sparrow in the Birch” by Crofts Family

“Once In Royal David’s City” by Sufjan Stevens

“The Brightest Star” by Jim Avett

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes


SILLY

“I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas” by Blazer Force

“Dear Santa” by Jay Brannan

“Present Face” by Garfunkel & Oates (Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome)

“Elf’s Lament” by Barenaked Ladies feat. Michael Buble


JUST PLAIN SAD

“The Heartache Can Wait” by Brandi Carlile

“Blue Christmas” by Bright Eyes

“I Want To Come Home For Christmas” by Marvin Gaye

“River” by Sarah McLachlan


TRADITIONAL WITH A TWIST

“O Holy Night” by Martina McBride

“I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” by The Civil Wars

“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” by Jack Johnson

“Silent Night (Lord Of My Life)” by Lady Antebellum


BONUS TRACKS

“Love Is Christmas” by Sara Bareilles 

“Tiny Tree Christmas” by Guster (this version is by Ryan Miller) 

“Snow Globe” by Matt Wertz 

“Hang A String Of Lights” by Great Lake Swimmers

“That’s Christmas To Me” by Pentatonix 

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The 25 Christmas Songs You Never Listen To, But Should

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