The Ultimate Alternative Christmas Music Playlist

Because regular Christmas songs can get boring pretty quickly.
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Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful. -Norman Vincent Peale

Tis the season for oversized sweaters, wool mittens, and layers upon layers of cozy blankets.

A few of our favorite things about the holiday season include fresh snowfall, the smell of pine trees, and hot chocolate. Along with all of this, we can't forget the cheesy Christmas music that gets us all into the holiday spirit.

In an attempt to put a fresh spin on the old classics, here are some alternative Christmas anthems and covers that will make you fall in love with the holly jolly time of year all over again.

1) "Christmas Lights" by Coldplay

Perhaps one of the most artistic and charming Christmas music videos, Coldplay makes us fall in love with the simplicity of Christmas lights. It reminds us that we can all follow the Christmas lights home for the holidays.

2) "Christmas in L.A." by The Killers ft. Dawes

The Killers release a Christmas song every year, and "Christmas in L.A." marks the eighth consecutive year in which the band has released one. All the proceeds from each song go to fund AIDS charities, so it's a good song for a worthy cause.

3) "Christmas in the Sand" by Colbie Caillat

Colbie Caillat is proof that even without snow, Christmas on the beach can be just as festive. Sunshine, sand, and surf may not traditionally scream holiday cheer," but Colbie makes it work.

4) "Got Something For You" by Best Coast and Wavves

We wish Best Coast and Wavves would team up more often, because this upbeat song blends together the best of both worlds. It mixes Best Coast's easy California vibes with Wavves' indie rock chill for a pleasant, upbeat listen.

5) "River" by Angus Stone

"It's coming on Christmas/ They're cutting down trees / They're putting up reindeer/ And singing songs of joy and peace / I wish I had a river/ I could skate away on" sings Angus Stone, effortlessly covering Joni Mitchell's folksy track.

6) "Barcarola (You Must Be A Christmas Tree)" by Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens has numerous Christmas EPs of classic carols and original material. "Barcarola (You Must Be a Christmas Tree)" is one of his standout folksy tracks.

7) "Flowers in December" by Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star is known for making beautifully melancholy songs, and "Flowers in December" is nothing short of what we'd expect. It's slow, sweet, and calming, the perfect soundtrack for cuddling up on a cold winter day.

8) "Blue Christmas" by Bright Eyes

Bright Eyes injects some color into the traditional hit "Blue Christmas." It's a nice change thanks to Conor Oberst's mellow vocals.

9) "Come on Santa" by The Raveonettes

The Raveonettes' "Come on Santa" has pure surf/indie rock vibes. It's a unique track that makes us want to "turn on the lights," trim the tree, and get into the Christmas spirit.

10) "Early Winter" by Gwen Stefani

Gwen is still our favorite Hollaback Girl and "Early Winter" is a track that people often forget about. Even though it's not technically a Christmas song, it makes us long for crisp winter snow.

The Playlist in Spotify Format

As always, here's the playlist ready to add to Spotify, if you want to listen to the whole thing at once. (Note: Two songs - "Christmas in L.A." and "Got Something for You" - unfortunately aren't available on Spotify.) Enjoy!

Your thoughts?

What did you think? What are some of your favorite celebrity Christmas albums? Which are your favorite songs to listen to during the holidays? Let us know in the comments below!

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