Top 30 Alt/Indie Rock Christmas Songs – The Killers, Julian Casablancas, Bright Eyes, Fireflies, DCFC, Sufjan

Note (Updated: 12/2/2016): IRC has built the longest-running, largest collection of alternative and indie rock Christmas Songs playlists on the web since 2008, accounting for more than 8 million visits from around the world (2008-2016).

Because there are literally hundreds and hundreds of alt/indie Christmas, and Christmas-themed, songs, we decided to make the target number 30 for this particular ‘best of’ playlist. We used the top most streamed and downloaded songs from the playlists over the past couple of years to determine this list.

To go to the original playlist mix that each song appeared on, just click the artist name.

1. “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” (MP3 ordered removed so we linked the video) – The Killers

2. “Silent Night” The National, Sufjan Stevens and Richard Parry

3. “Candy Cane Children”The White Stripes

4. “I Wish It Was Christmas Today” Julian Casablancas

5. “Blue Christmas“Bright Eyes

6. “Last Christmas“ Jimmy Eat World

7. “Father Christmas“The Kinks

8. “The Christmas Song“The Raveonettes

9. “Christmas Party“ The Walkmen

10. “Happy Christmas (War is Over)“The Polyphonic Spree

11. “White Christmas (Demo for Tom Waits)“The Flaming Lips

12. “Let Me Sleep (Christmas Time)“Pearl Jam

13. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)“The Ramones

14. “Christmas Don’t Be Late“Catwalk

15. “Breaking The Ice“Mojave 3

16. “First Noel“ My American Heart

17. “The Friendly Beasts“Sufjan Stevens

18. “In This Home on Ice“Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

19.“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)“Death Cab For Cutie

20. “Little Drummer Boy”Bad Religion

21. “Xmas Song“Fireflies

22. “Silent Night“ Low

23. “Thanks For Christmas“XTC

24.“Its Christmas Time“Yo La Tengo

25. “Ghost of Christmas“Manic Street Preachers

26.“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen“ Bright Eyes

27. “Donde Esta Santa Claus“ Guster

28. “Winter Wonderland”John Blaze

29. “Carol of the Bells“The Bird and the Bee

30.“Joy to the World“ Sufjan Stevens

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  1. Fantastic list! With I could buy it as a playlist or cd!
    Nice mix and a great change from radio offerings, esp in a fairly small town.
    Thank you!

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