Can’t stand the thought of hearing “Rocking Around The Christmas Tree” one more time? Having a dinner party and would rather not bring down the mood with Wham!’s “Last Christmas”? I feel ya, peeps, I feel ya.
This is my fifth Christmas season as a DJ, and I’m always on the hunt for non-traditional, awesome Christmas music… music that every guest at a Christmas party isn’t already sick of hearing. I’ve found a few gems, and I want to share some of my faves with you.
Quite a few of these selections came from one of the six “A Very Relevant Christmas” compilations produced by Relevant Magazine. I’ve become a huge fan of these albums, eagerly awaiting their release every year. They’re usually available for free download, so go check them out here. (You have to create an account on the Relevant Magazine website, but it’s a small price to pay for an awesome Christmas album!)
Here are my picks for a great soundtrack to your Christmas. Enjoy!
Christmas In The City – Matt Wertz (iTunes / Amazon)
Darling, Christmas is Coming – Over The Rhine (iTunes / Amazon)
Jingle Bells – Sugar & the Hi-Lows (Youtube)
Christmas for You and Me – Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors(iTunes)
Christmas Song – Dave Matthews (iTunes / Amazon)
Back For Christmas – Andrew Belle (iTunes / Amazon)
The Christmas Waltz – Sleeping at Last (Youtube)
Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time! – Sufjan Stevens (iTunes / Amazon)
Cold December Night – Michael Buble (iTunes / Amazon)
Merry Christmas, Baby – Otis Redding (iTunes / Amazon)
A New York Christmas – Rob Thomas (iTunes / Amazon)
The Chanukah Song – Adam Sandler (iTunes / Amazon)
Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Zooey Deschanel and Leon Redbone (iTunes / Amazon)
Run Rudolph – Chuck Berry (iTunes / Amazon)
Mistletoe and Holly – Frank Sinatra (iTunes / Amazon)
Zat You Santa Claus – Louis Armstrong (iTunes / Amazon)
Fun Contemporary Covers
White Christmas – Panic at The Disco (Youtube)
Winter Wonderland – Jason Mraz (iTunes / Amazon)
Feliz Navidad – Walk Off The Earth (iTunes / Amazon)
Oh Holy Night – Weezer (Amazon)
Sleigh Ride – Fun. (iTunes)
Christmastime Will Soon Be Over – Jack White (iTunes / Amazon)
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Barenaked Ladies (iTunes / Amazon)
And here’s some bonus songs that are totally cheesy, which I will still be playing loud and proud this Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays – *NSYNC (iTunes / Amazon)
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey (iTunes / Amazon)
This Gift – 98 Degrees (iTunes)
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid (iTunes / Amazon)
On Christmas Morning – Raffi (iTunes / Amazon)
Oh, and if you’d like to listen to them all online – CLICK HERE for a YouTube playlist featuring the entire list. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel for more playlists in the future! Merry Christmas!
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