It’s not Christmas until the radio starts playing all those awful, cheesy songs that we hate to love. Tunes like Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, and Jingle Bell Rock are great, sure. But listening to them, you can almost taste the cold turkey and see the god awful cracker jokes. What if we told you… there are Christmas songs out there that aren’t overplayed on the radio, and could be seen as “cool” by the hip young kids of today. Here are ten of the best alternative Christmas tunes.

10. Julian Casablancas – I Wish it Was Christmas Today

The shades wearing frontman for The Strokes actually has a pretty great electro tinged solo project that ain’t half bad. He put out a groovy Christmas jingle a few years back that’s not only full of energy… but Christmas spirit too. Awww.

9. Fall Out Boy – Yule Shoot Your Eye Out

Emo pop punk superstars Fall Out Boy released a Christmas tune too. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out is a festive ballad full of all the things we associate with December 25th. Break ups, heartbreak, and angst. Well… maybe not actually. The acoustic guitars sound nice and Christmassy though, so that’s something.

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