A couple of weeks ago, we posted a playlist of Christmas Songs that Don’t Make You Gag. It’s been pretty popular, which demonstrates that many of us out there are desperate for holiday tunes that don’t make us want to get violent.
So, in honour of the festive season, I’ve compiled a second list of Christmas tunes that won’t make you gag. You can pop this on at your office Christmas party or just listen to it for a chilled out afternoon finishing up your work.
Check out the videos below, or tune in to the Spotify playlist.
1. The Killers - Don’t Shoot Me, Santa
A bizarre song about a santa on a murdering rampage. If Christmas makes you feel ragey, then this is a great song to put on loud!
2. The Smashing Pumpkins - Christmastime
This song is taken off a compilation album for the Special Olympics. While I would never call anything with Billy Corgan’s voice “cheerful” and “uplifting”, this isn’t as much of a downer as you’d expect.
3. Relient K - 12 Days of Christmas
A hilarious pop-punk take on this old favourite Christmas song. I love the chorus “What’s a Partridge? What’s a Pear Tree? I don’t know so please don’t ask me. But I bet they’d be terrible gifts to give …”
4. The Kinks - Father Christmas
This sad song tells the tale of a department store Santa who is mugged by a gang of kids. They take his money, rather than the toys, because it’s more useful. Kids these days!
5. The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight)
A great Christmas ditty from the grandfathers of British punk.
6. Pearl Jam - Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time)
I was one of those strange 90s teens who actually kind of missed grunge, mostly because while Kurt Cobain was crooning about heart-shaped boxes, I was discovering Slayer. Despite my lack of grunge-cred, I’ve always admired Eddie Vedder’s dark, soulful voice, and it’s definitely on show in this brooding Christmas track.
7. No Doubt – Oi to the World
This song, released as a No Doubt Christmas single, was actually a cover of a fellow Orange County band called The Vandals, who wrote an entire Christmas-themed punk album that’s actually pretty good.
8. TLC – Sleigh Ride
American girl group TLC had some impressive commercial success with their unique rap/R&B/urban soul mashup in the 90s and early 2000s, despite numerous spats with the law, their management and each other.
9. AC/DC – Mistress for Christmas
Because it wouldn’t be a playlist from me without a dose of heavy metal.
10. Johnny Cash – I heard the bells on Christmas day
Johnny’s voice … wow. Just wow.
What are your favourite Christmas tunes?