Like any heritage enthusiasts worth their salt, we know that it’s just not the holidays without those traditional songs— Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby—but somewhere between Black Friday and December 24th, we go a little stir-crazy with the classics and feel the need to bust out some new favorites in order to stay sane. Below are our favorite modern and alternative holiday jams— think of them as your musical lifeline during this most wonderful (and most stressful) time of the year.
Holiday (What Do You Want?)— Mike Doughty & Roseanne Cash
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)— Slow Club
Lo, How A Rose E’re Blooming— Feist
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing— Sufjan Stevens
2000 Miles (Pretenders cover)— Coldplay
Getting Ready For Christmas Day— Paul Simon
Baby, It’s Cold Outside— Leon Redbone & Zooey Deschanel
Santa Claus is Back in Town— My Morning Jacket
Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me— Belle & Sebastian
Donna & Blitzen— Badly Drawn Boy
Auld Lang Syne— Black On White Affair
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