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.
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
11. “White Christmas (Demo for Tom Waits)” – The Flaming Lips
14. “Christmas Don’t Be Late” – Catwalk
16. “First Noel” - My American Heart
18. “In This Home on Ice” – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
19. “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” - Death Cab For Cutie
29. “Carol of the Bells” – The Bird and the Bee
30. “Joy to the World” – Sufjan Stevens