Released in December 1997 by power-pop hitmakers Fountains Of Wayne, the child-like wish-fulfilment fantasy I Want An Alien For Christmas reached No.36 in the UK. Cut from the same geek-rock cloth as Weezer and They Might Be Giants, songwriter Adam Schlesinger masterfully inhabits the surreal imagination of a boy who just wants Santa to bring him a little green man from outer space to watch The Twilight Zone with. Oh, and he also has to be able to fly. With tongue firmly in cheek, the best alternative Christmas songs rarely get more humorous or playful than this.
Alternative rock probably isn't the first genre that comes to mind when thinking about Christmas music, but some of the most iconic bands have penned their own festive (or sometimes not-so-festive) Yuletide tunes. From blink-182's grumpy "I Won't Be Home For Christmas" to The Killers' ode to youth, "A Great Big Sled," these are the essential alt songs for your holiday playlist.
When Cheap Trick was asked to write a song for A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World in 2012, the rockers didn't get all too creative. Instead of penning a brand new song, they readjusted the lyrics of their 1977 hit "I Want You to Want Me" to fit the holiday theme. Though some might find this lazy, the result is a Christmas song that's easy to sing (or at least hum) along to upon first listen, since it follows the original note for note.
Even though this festive rock song takes on the usual structure and trappings of a Christmas classic, there are enough cheeky puns and face-melting guitar riffs scattered throughout that make it a hilarious parody for the attentive listener to enjoy.
List of all alternative rock Christmas albums, ranked best to worst. For many, alt rock Christmas albums capture the essence of the holiday spirit, even if the music isn't quite what you'd expect to hear around holiday time. Some of the biggest bands and artists of the genre have released holiday songs that were much better than the traditional songs that flooded airwaves, allowing for the popularity of alt rock songs, which are among the most requested during the holiday season. The albums and songs featured on this list are some of the most well known and popular titles of that genre, and likely introduced an entirely new audience to holiday and Christmas music. These are some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and some of the greatest jingles in the history of music. Bands like Weezer, My Morning Jacket and Jimmy Eat World released music that captured the holiday spirit. Not to be outdone, The Dandy Warhols, She & Him, The Reverend Horton Heat and let's not forget The Killers also released Christmas albums.
There are some albums that feature the traditional, standard songs, or reinterpreted songs. No matter what style or type of Christmas song you enjoy, you're likely to find an album on this list that will fit whatever music you enjoy. What are the best Christmas alternative rock albums? What are the best alternative Christmas songs?
This is the list of alternative rock Christmas albums. From innovative takes on traditional songs to recreating the versions that have been around for years, alt rock bands sure now how to make holiday music enjoyable. Take a look at other lists like Rap Christmas albums and R&B Christmas Albums. List is alphabetical but you can sort by any column.
So you want to find the best alternative Christmas songs? How about the inner monologue of a Christmas tree taken from the woods and chopped into January firewood? Trust Black Flag vocalist Aidan Moffat to come up with one of the most beautiful yet absolutely terrifying Christmas tunes. Taken from the album Ghost Stories for Christmas, which is in itself a fantastic album of droned Christmas carols, The Fir Tree tells the story of a lowly Christmas tree making its way into a loving home. Is it happy? No. Will it be joyful? Also no. Will you never look at a Christmas tree int he same way again? Yes.
Alternative Christmas songs are everywhere if you know where to look for them. Hopefully, this list has given you an excellent starting point to start bringing together your own collection of punk-pop, alternative, and indie music for the festive holidays.
Stacker dug into the recesses of Christmas or holiday-themed albums to find 15 unconventional holiday albums that stand out as cultural and musical anomalies within the much-beloved subgenre of music. These original albums represent some of the most unique holiday songs out there. To curate this list, Stacker didn't look at singles; just LPs and EPs were considered.
Low built its reputation on the sad, melancholy sounds and lyrics that are the hallmark of slowcore music, and this Christmas album is no exception. The eight original and cover songs are minimalist, spare, achingly slow, or just a little creepy and odd. 2b1af7f3a8