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Blog: 14 Best Alternative Christmas Songs

With Christmas time in full swing, so is the usual rotation of the classic Christmas banger. Around about now, you typically can't step into your local supermarket without hearing the usual cheesy hit on full-blast - narrowly dodging one Michael Bublé Christmas cover in Asda, only to be hit head-on with Jingle Bell Rock in Co-Op. 

So, if you're looking for an alternative hit whilst you're peeling your spuds, then look no further than our definitive Christmas singles list. 

These tracks are best enjoyed with a full plate of roast dinner, and an ice cold glass of Bells End - order yours now here. 

Bad Religion - White Christmas

Released back in 2013 and covering all the festive bases, Bad Religion's entire Christmas Songs EP provides the merriest, punkest spin on all the old classics.


Tellison - Good Luck It's Christmas

Taking a softer, quieter approach to a Christmas song, Tellison's Good Luck It's Christmas will be a nice bit of sweet relief from the overload of tinsel and cheese often found on supermarket radios. 


Tyler, The Creator - Lights On (ft. Santigold & Ryan Beatty)

Probably one of the more left-of-centre collabs, Tyler The Creator provided the lead single for Illumination's animated remake of The Grinch in 2018. Alongside this he also released an EP inspired by the movie, giving a festive edge to the sounds from 2017's Flower Boy. 


The Darkness - Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)

It goes without saying that any alternative Christmas playlist isn't complete without the addition of The Darkness' festive classic, Christmas Time. To achieve ultimate levels of holiday cheer, we strongly recommend cracking open an ice cold can of Bells End to this track - an extra-seasonal bitter we brewed with the band in time for Christmas. 

Mogwai - Christmas Song

One for the solemn train journey home for Christmas, Mogwai do what they do best on this Christmas track taken from 2001's EP+6. 

Run The Jewels - A Christmas Fucking Miracle

One of the harder cuts on this list, Run The Jewels' A Christmas Fucking Miracle goes in like no other Christmas track. Want to get your spuds peeled in 4 minutes flat? Stick this one on.


Dolly Parton - A Very Dolly Christmas

Although this is technically an entire Christmas album, we'd be lying if we didn't admit we have this on regular rotation in the office... We will be taking no further questions at this time. 


100 gecs - sympathy 4 the grinch

In true 100 gecs fashion, sympathy 4 the grinch tells the story of someone who's so unsatisfied with their gifts, they track down Santa and steal his sack. It's mental, it's ridiculous, it's a 100 gecs Christmas song. 

Khruangbin - Christmas Time Is Here

Throwing together a Christmas roast for all the family can often be stressful business, but the silky smooth grooves of Khruangbin's festive track can ease up any gravy-induced anxiety. 


shame - Feliz Navidad

Filmed in Hackney's iconic Moth Club, the video to shame's Feliz Navidad shows the venue in full glory and offers a warm throwback to being able to grab your mates, yell Christmas songs at the top of your lungs, and see the year off together. 


Blink-182 - I Won't Be Home For Christmas

Like most pop punk anthems, I Won't Be Home For Christmas provides that angsty, teenage twist on the classic Christmas scene - surrounded by inescapable Christmas cheer. 


Korn - Kidnap The Sandy Claws

Part of Nightmare Revisited, an ensemble covers album of Tim Burton's 1993 classic stop-motion animation, Korn's rendition of Kidnap The Sandy Claws actually... makes for a really decent Korn song? Who knew. 


Reuben - Christmas Is Awesome

Reuben hit the nail on the head with this alternative Christmas classic: Christmas is awesome, everybody is welcome. 


Phoebe Bridgers - Christmas Song

Another one for the emotional train journey back home, Phoebe Bridgers' Christmas Song is best experienced staring out the frosty windows as the country rolls on by.



So that's our list of our favourite alternative Christmas singles! And of course, it goes without saying that we wish you a Happy Christmas however you're able to spend it this year. 

If you're looking for an extra-seasonal bitter to go with your Christmas roast, then might we suggest our newest Collaboration with The Darkness? 

This warming, winter beer sees English hops unleash a mouth-watering bitterness to carry you through the season… just don’t let the bells end.
ABV: 5.2%
OG: 1.052
IBU: 48

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