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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.

 
The White Stripes

4.

 
- Julian Casablancas

5. - Bright Eyes

6. - Jimmy Eat World

7. – The Kinks

8. “Get Behind Me, Santa” - Sufjan Stevens

9. Christmas Party” The Walkmen

10. – The Polyphonic Spree

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

12. – Pearl Jam

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

14. – Catwalk

15. – Mojave 3

16. - My American Heart

17. – Sufjan Stevens

18. – 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. “ – Low

23.” – XTC

 

 

24. – Yo La Tengo

25. – Manic Street Preachers

26. – Bright Eyes

27. “Donde Esta Santa Claus” Guster

28.

 
John Blaze

29. – The Bird and the Bee

30. – 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!
    Brenda

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