5 Christmas Songs You Probably Haven’t Heard

5 Christmas Songs You Probably Havent Heard

Georgia Hensley, Author

Nothing radiates Christmas spirit like Mariah Carey’s whistle notes in her holiday hit, “All I want for Christmas is You.” That song, amongst others, is an undeniable classic, but sometimes it feels good to break away from the mainstream seasonal favorites. For all who are looking to expand their Christmas playlists, here are five underground holiday grooves.  

1. “White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes









A proper introduction into modern folk music would most-certainly include at least one song by Fleet Foxes. The American indie, neo-folk band have become very popular over the years, especially with their song “Mykonos.” This winter—not Christmas— themed song contains youthful yet ominous lyrical elements on top of entrancing harmonies. It’s far from traditional, but still well worth the listen.

2. “Christmas Unicorn” by Sufjan Stevens









Like Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens is another well-known name in the neo-folk community, having done the soundtrack for the Academy Award winning movie “Call Me By Your Name.” Dancing on the line between absurd and beautiful, this 12-minute masterpiece tells the story of a Christmas unicorn with a beard. Intriguing.

3. “The Christians and the Pagans” by Dar Williams









Dar Williams’ upbeat ditty tells the story of a family reunion during Christmas time. With references to Christianity and Paganism, this song is a lesson of respect and tolerance despite differing religious ideology and reminds us of the warmth of spending the holidays with our loved ones.

4. “The Little Drum Machine Boy” by Beck









Obviously riffing on the Christmas classic, “The Little Drummer Boy,” Beck sticks to his genre-bending behavior in this funky, alternative groove. It’ll make you get down, get down all the way

5. “A Spaceman Came Travelling” by Chris De Burgh









Another story-telling song but with a twist of soft psychedelic rock. A Christmas Story meets David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,’ this tune features the angel Gabriel as an intergalactic traveler who heralds the birth of Jesus Christ and leads everyone to the manger with the light of his spaceship.