Six Christmas Songs You’ve Probably Never Heard

Rob Slater on December 25, 2017

If you’re like me, you don’t actively seek out Christmas music. In fact, the second you walk into Starbucks after Thanksgiving and hear “Jingle All the Way,” you want to launch your piping hot frappuccino at the first person you see. And don’t even get me started on the reaction when “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer” comes on. Holiday Rage Monster Mode gets turned on.

However, there are those rare times where artists pay a particular amount of care to a solid holiday tune, either recording a new original, an old traditional holiday cover or, in the case of Julian Casablancas, a tune that originally came as a part of a SNL skit. We told you about some of the more popular Christmas tunes yesterday, so let’s dig into some you may have never heard before from artists that you’re still familiar with.

Among them, Ryan Adams’ early 2000s ditty “Hey Parker, It’s Christmas” as well as a Pearl Jam b-side “Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time).” The Miles Davis Sextet have some fun with “Blue Christmas” and Death Cab put their somber spin on “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” There is also an uber-experimental track from Sufjan Stevens, unlike you’ve ever heard him before along with The Strokes frontman’s SNL recreation. 

Listen to a few of the more obscure selections below.

Ryan Adams | “Hey Parker, It’s Christmas”

Pearl Jam | “Let Me Sleep (It’s Christmas Time)”

Bob Dorough w/Miles Davis Sextet | “Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern)”

Sufjan Stevens | “The Child with the Star on His Head”

Death Cab for Cutie | “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”

Julian Casablancas | “I Wish It Was Christmas Today”