I’m trying to make a non-traditional Christmas Mix CD, and need ideas. I’d prefer non-traditional versions of traditional Christmas carols, but I’m open to other suggestions. Hanukkah, winter, and Solstice songs are fine, too.
In terms of styles, rock, indie, folk, punk, swing or doo-wop would all be fantastic. Our tastes are eclectic, and we’re willing to listen to almost anything, with the exception of new country (traditional and bluegrass are fine) and perhaps death metal, I guess. I’m also not a huge fan of R & B versions with lots of vocal embellishments and slides.
The CD will be accompanying a Grade 8 student to school for a Christmas party, so explicit language and themes are probably out.
To give you an idea of what I’m after, the playlist, thus far, includes:
Silver Bells; Raul Malo
First Noël; Crash Test Dummies
Merry Christmas, Baby; Springsteen
Fairytale of New York; The Pogues
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen; Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
I know there are probably a million old threads devoted to this very topic, but damned if I can find them. The search function has not been helpful. If you can provide links to past threads, I’d be grateful for those, too.