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Readers’ Top 30 Indie Rock Christmas Songs: The Killers, Julian Casablancas, Bright Eyes, The National, Sufjan Stevens

Note: First posted in 2010 – all songs still work – enjoy. Those of you who are familiar with our Top Ten Songs weekly feature know that we use our website statistics to create the weekly Top 10. We look at which songs were listened to, downloaded and favorited the most.

We thought the same idea would be good for the 300 + indie and alternative rock songs in the Best Indie and Alternative Rock Christmas Songs mixes. And because there are so many, we decided to make the target number 30 for this particular one-off list. We looked at the past six weeks since that is about the time frame in which there was the most activity on the various xmas playlists and mixes found on IRC. So, here they are, the top 30 according to all of you.

Note: A few of the songs in the Top 30 are not necessarily about Christmas per se, but were included in the original Best Indie and Alternative Rock Christmas Songs mix series; they include Mojave 3‘s “Breaking The Ice” and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah‘s “In This Home on Ice.” You also probably can’t help but to notice that there are more than a couple contributions from bands like Bright Eyes and Sufjan Stevens.

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

1. “Don’t Shoot Me Santa Claus” - The Killers

2. “Silent Night” The National, Sujfan 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. “Get Behind Me, Santa” - Sufjan Stevens

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 IceMojave 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. “Jinglebell Rock ” – Arcade Fire

21. “Listen, The Snow is Falling” Galaxie 500

22. “Silent Night” Low

23.”Thanks For Christmas”XTC



24. “It’s 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 Comment

  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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