Can Christmas ever be complete without a yearly dosage of ‘Last Christmas’, ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ and ‘Fairytale Of New York’? These Christmas classics have been on our minds for years- and for those who are just a bit fed up of them, there is a shame in admitting it. Confessing that you’re not the biggest fan of Mariah Carey’s Christmas song is dangerous- your friends and family may never treat you in the same way again. So, it’s completely understandable if you read this and pretend to your friends you haven’t, the important thing is to follow my advice and listen to a few different songs this year.
‘Jazzy Christmas’ is a perfect Christmas playlist for beginners to alternative Christmas music. It features songs we all know, like Gene Autry’s ‘Frosty the Snowman’, but with a twist. Instead, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ is sung by American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald. The instrumentals combined with Ella’s iconic jazz vocals put a new spin on the song- making it different enough that it feels fresh to listen to, while still keeping the Christmas nostalgia of the original. There are also a few songs that are less well-known, notably Louis Armstrong’s ‘Christmas in New Orleans’. The mixture of 20th century Jazz and Christmas just works for me- making songs that I can listen to and pretend, just for a moment, that I have at least one ounce of sophistication.
‘Rock Christmas’ is a more adventurous playlist; it’s often hard to imagine rock music fitting in to the enthusiasm of Christmas music, but somehow… it works. The lyrics of All Time Low’s ‘Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass’ are fuelled with anger, but the upbeat instrumentals make its status as a Christmas song, albeit an alternative one, not too surprising. But not to worry, there are also songs which are a little more appropriate for the parents- give ‘Thank God It’s Christmas’ by Queen a listen and you might finally be listening to an artist they’ve heard of. (P.S. special mention to one of the best Christmas songs ever made- ‘Christmas Time’ by the Darkness, which just proves anyone wrong that says Christmas and Rock music don’t work.)
Despite knowing nothing about the genre, ‘Hip Hop Christmas’ has become one of my favourite Christmas playlists this year. Expect expletives, titles like ‘Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto’ and songs that are equally funny and addictive. In the end, if different genres of Christmas songs just don’t work for you, give ‘Spotify Singles: Holiday’ a listen. It has a good collection of songs we already know, but remastered by modern artists such as Miley Cyrus and Wolf Alice. Hopefully I’ve done these playlists some justice and I encourage you to try listening to some alternative Christmas music this year- just don’t blame me if you hate it.
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