Look, Bing, we love you, but if we hear “Silver Bells” one more time while sipping ‘nog around the yule log we might just lost it. It’s not you, it’s us. If you find yourself in the same boat – or rather, sleigh – of “carol fatigue” that we do, you know how badly your sanity demands your family’s Holiday Spotify playlist to be spiced up so it’s no longer bland as a fruitcake.
There’s plenty of options out there when it comes to Christmas carols off the beaten path, but there’s no need to overwhelm yourself with options. We’ve compiled what we’re certain are totally, objectively the five best cuts of holiday music to come out of the world of indie rock to help make sure you never have to experience a “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”-induced emotional explosion (we’ve been there before, it’s not pretty).
And because we know that you’ve heard all 11 of Sufjan Stevens’s holiday albums, we’ve selected 5 other tracks for you to consider because we all know who the real kind of Christmas is.