When most people think of Christmas music, they think of irritating jingle bells, repetitive melodies and lyrics seemingly written to be as cringey and cheesy as possible.
What I think about is inbred, cannibalistic reindeer. Or Bob Dylan and accordions. Or heavy metal guitar solos.
Below is five alternative Christmas songs that you should consider adding to your playlist this festive season.
5. No Presents For Christmas by King Diamond
A heavy metal Christmas song from 1986 and it sounds like it! Heavy guitar riffs, long solo and shouty-screech vocals. If you want to clear your parents out of the living room to get the best seat for the after dinner games on Christmas Day, crank it up!
4. The Christmas Song by The Raveonettes
The Raveonettes are a Danish indie rock/pop duo with a very interesting sound due to the 5 to 10 effects pedals they each use for live performances. The Christmas Song displays their intertwining vocal harmonies in a way that makes this feel like a classic Christmas song but also alternative and modern at the same time.
3. Happy Holiday by Enuff Z’Nuff
If you haven’t heard of Enuff Z’Nuff, check them out. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Two of their songs actually charted – “Fly High Michelle” and “New Thing”. This is glam rock power pop Christmas cheer!
2. It Must Be Santa by Bob Dylan
One of the best-selling artists of all time, Bob Dylan is better known for civil rights and anti-war messages than catchy Christmas tunes. But this accordion fuelled, up tempo song will have anyone singing along after hearing the chanty call-and-response feel of this one!
1. Fabian by Tripod
In the introduction I promised inbred, cannibalistic reindeer. Well, here we go. Tripod are an Australian comedy trio that I have been a massive fan of for about ten years. Their music is great, it makes me laugh and this song pokes fun at the classic tale of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with a dark twist!