12 Days of Christmas: Alternative Edition

Enough with the tired hymnals and the re-re-re-re-recordings of every typical Christmas song under the sun. Some bands put their own spin on holiday music to create their own Christmas-themed classics. Which ones did we miss?

Smashing Pumpkins – Christmastime

The first word that comes to mind when referencing something to do with Billy Corgin isn’t going to be “cheery,” but here we are anyway.

Death Cab For Cutie – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

A cover of a classic song by Darlene Love originally meant to be sung by Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes, Death Cab For Cutie put their own signature touch on their tune and completely own it.

The Kinks – Father Christmas

Another oft-covered Christmas tune, The Kink’s originaly version is catchy but still has a punk-toothed bite that gets its message across perfectly – beat up all mall Santa’s and take their money.

Julian Casablancas – I Wish It Was Christmas Today

Julian Casablancas, lead singer for The Strokes, covering a goofy Christmas song made up by Horatio Sanz and Jimmy Fallon for a yearly throwaway holiday sketch on Saturday Night Live’s Christmas episodes. What? Okay. But it totally works!

The Futureheads – Christmas Was Better In The ’80s

Can anyone who got to be cognizant during Christmas in the ’80s confirm this lofty statement? I’m sure it would’ve been cool to unwrap a Nintendo system or whatever it is you old people played back then. Anyway you cut it – this noisy slab of alternative rock is a fantastic holiday song.

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