LiL MIX Volume 53 – Christmas Songs That Don’t Suck

I swear I’m not a grinch, although I have been accused of being “that guy” who believes Christmas has been overcommercialized to the point where nearly everything has lost the lustrous innocence from our childhood, including music. Radio stations, for instance, trample over one another worse than rampaging shoppers on Black Friday to play the most “festive” songs as early as humanly possible. (You know who you are!)
Now, I don’t think everything absorbed auditorily in the leadup to the birth of Santa is ALL bad. There are a number of ho-ho-holiday tunes that y’know, actually ROCK, and that I admittedly enjoy. I’ve dug deep into my velvety red gift bag and come up with a playlist I would consider tolerable as you trudge your way through the mall. No Biebers or Bublés like that year when they incredulously duked it out for JUNO Album of the Year. And don’t expect to hear some of these out of your TV’s speakers as you cozy up to the fireplace channel either. Consider it my present to you!

  1. Christmas Treat – Julian Casablancas
  2. Don’t Shoot Me Santa – The Killers
  3. Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time) – Pearl Jam
  4. Nothing for Christmas – New Found Glory
  5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas – Weezer
  6. Fairytale of New York (feat. Kirsty MacColl) – The Pogues
  7. Oi To The World – No Doubt
  8. My First X-Mas (As A Woman) – The Vandals
  9. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Bad Religion
  10. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight) – Ramones
  11. Christmas Lights – Coldplay
  12. The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Tegan and Sara
  13. Christmas Wrapping (with Iggy Pop) – Kylie Minogue
  14. Candy Cane Children – The White Stripes
  15. If Santa Don’t Bring You No Funk (feat. Wide Mouth Mason) – Big Sugar
  16. Soulful Christmas  – James Brown
  17. Christmas In Hollis – Run–D.M.C.
  18. Jingle Cats Medley – Jingle Cats
  19. I Believe in Father Christmas – Greg Lake
  20. Father Christmas – The Kinks
  21. A Christmas Duel – Cyndi Lauper
  22. Run Rudolph Run – Lemmy
  23. Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minneapolis – Tom Waits
  24. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Scott Weiland
About author

Gilles LeBlanc literally fell into “alternative rock” way back at Lollapalooza 1992, where he got caught in his first mosh pit watching some band named Pearl Jam. Since then, he’s spent the better part of his life looking for music to match the liberating rush he felt that day, with a particular chest-beating emphasis on stuff coming out of his native Canada. You can follow his alter ego on Twitter: @ROCKthusiast.