Non traditional Xmas songs.


KBW’s timeless classic


“We Burned the Christmas Tree” by Chaston and Groditski is about as non-traditional as you can get. If you can’t find it elsewhere, it’s on Amazon for $0.99. Or how about “I Want An Alien For Christmas” by Fountains of Wayne?

A much loved Australian Christmas carol, The Three Drovers.

The Yobs. (Might be why it’s so hard to find. :wink: )

A lot of my faves have been mentioned. How about… White Christmas by Stiff Little Fingers?

I’ve got Oi To The World by No Doubt and by The Vandals. I like No Doubt’s version better. But I’ll second Christmas With The Vandals: Oi to the World.

Poe did a Lounge version of Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer that was on one of the KROQ Christmas albums. Can’t stand the song – except her version.

Dinah Washington – Silent Night (Brazilian Girls Remix)
The Staple Singers – Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas
NRBQ – Christmas Wish
Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby please come home)
Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run
Aztec Camera – Walk Out to Winter

ETA: Slightly tangential;
Fiery Furnaces – Tropical Iceland
Wendy & Bonnie - Winter Is Cold

Mojo Nixon rocks. Thanks!

•El Vez’ Christmas Wish is a favorite of mine…the ending’s a bit :eek: , though, for some people (bah. Squares.)

(Let’s Have a) Patrick Swayze Christmas.

We Three Kings…Bop

•Wendy & Lisa’s The Closing of the Year. (One man’s “sentimental” may be another’s “glurge,” granted, but this one should be both innoculous and lesser-known enough to pass. It’s a nice song, too.)

O Tannenbaum/Christmastime in Hell.

Frank Kelly’s 12 Days of Christmas is popular over here.

These are all excellent!


John Fahey did a few CDs of Christmas music: The John Fahey Christmas Album, The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album, Christmas Guitar, Vol. 1 and Christmas with John Fahey, Volume 2.

The late Tommy Thompson of the Red Clay Ramblers wrote “Hot Buttered Rum”

Full lyrics here. Plus lyrics of his other fine songs. And links so you can buy the CD’s…

Brave Combo’s It’s Christmas, Man includes a couple of originals–like “Christmas In July.” And un-traditional arrangements of traditional tunes–like the “O Christmas Tree” samba. And a Hannukah tune…

TV Tropes to the rescue!

Mitch Benn has loads of excellent Christmas songs, although it’s hard to find some of them on the Intarweb:

Thank God It Isn’t Christmas Every Day

“Call It Christmas” is a favorite and opens his Christmas podcast (partway down the list). There are also songs you may enjoy at about 4’00" (“The True Meaning of Christmas” - about overeating), 10’35" (“Anything for Christmas” - about his daughter), and 17’08" (“Christmas Whether You Like It Or Not” - about grumpy people).

And “We Pretty Much Broke the Bank for You This Christmas” (about the post-Christmas bills) is another winner, although I can’t find it anywhere.

A favorite from my collection: Shari Lewis & Lambchop, Some Things for Xmas (A Snake, Some Mice, Some Glue, and a Hole Too). Sorry, no link to the song itself, but the title alone is hard to top.

I mentioned this song in another Christmas song thread, but one of my favorites is Tinsley Ellis’ "Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ " on the Alligator Records Christmas album.

I also have a Christmas CD with songs by '50s and '60s groups - it has Chuck Berry’s “Run Run Rudolph” and a couple by the Beach Boys. But my favorite one on there is a song called “Merry Twist-mas”, sung in a sort of “Blue Moon” doo-woppy style.

Kevin “Bloody” Wilson is a foul-mouthed Aussie (yeah…redundant :slight_smile: ) with a couple comedy routines about Santa.

Or for a non-traditional serious song, “How to Make Gravy” from Paul Kelly.

Here’s someone’s version of that song (song starts at :47).

Awesome! The torch is passed! :smiley:

Dar Williams “The Christians and the Pagans”
Hugh Blumenfeld “Longhaired Radical Socialist Jew”
I’m also pretty sure there’s a “I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus” out there somewhere

Ooh, seconding this one. My fave Xmas song of all time!

I also like her song All Alone on Christmas though it’s not as good as Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).