Best Indie and Alternative Rock Christmas Songs, Mix IV: The Kinks, Andrew Dost, The Format, The Matches, Dandy Warhols

christmassongsplaylists Do you have egg nog-tummy, Christmas-time fatigue, coffee-infused insomnia or instant vertigo every time you hear Bing Crosby singing “White Christmas”? No? What about a hangover from the Christmas party last night? Who was that that passed out under the Christmas tree with the Santa hat on?

This Christmas playlist kicks off with the first-ever original and popular true punk rock (now more commonly referred to as alternative) Christmas song by who else but The Kinks.

Simply titled “Father Christmas” (1977), the song lashes out at the commercialism of Christmas and yet ironically encourages disenfranchised youth to beat up Santa Claus if he doesn’t give them “some money,” and declares: “give all the toys to the little rich boys.”

On a lighter note, Beulah, Michigan indie pop musician Andrew Dost delivers an original and cynical view of the season in “Yeah, I Know, It’s Christmas Time.” The Matches serve up their own brand of bitter cynicism about Christmas, “December is For Cynics”.

Father ChristmasThe Kinks*

The Most Wonderful Time of the YearIn Memory

The Chestnut TimesEx-Otago

Christmas ReindeerThe Knife

Yeah, I Know, It’s Christmas TimeAndrew Dost

Happy Xmas (War is Over)The Fray

Noel SongAnimaniacs

It’s Christmas TimeA Band Called Quinn

Saving Up Her Wishes (For Another Christmas) Celestial

Holly Jolly ChristmasThe Format

Santa, Bring My Baby Back To MeBelle and Sebastian

It’s Christmas, Let’s Be GladSufjan Stevens

Merry Christmas EveryoneShakin Stevens

I’ll Be Home for ChristmasMatchbook Romance

Come On Let’s Boogey to the Elf DanceSufjan Stevens

Bonus Tracks

Every Day Should Be a Holiday Dandy Warhols

Jonathan David Belle and Sebastian

December Is For CynicsThe Matches

* In the UK, Europe and Australia Santa Claus is commonly referred to as “Father Christmas.”

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