Holigay Playlist: Covers of Christmas Classics


Covers are a really contentious thing. Some people like ’em, some people love ’em, and around Christmas we’re barraged by them. As a, um, mild to avid collector of Christmas / holiday / winter songs, I know that a lot of what’s out there and comes out year after year are remakes of standard festive tunes of yore, but I ain’t even mad. Sometimes, you really can’t get enough of a good thing.

These are some of my favorite Christmas covers. What are some of yours? Leave them in the comments!

Covers of Christmas Classics

Happy Christmas [Live] – Melissa Etheridge
All I Want For Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance
Carol of the Bells – The Bird and the Bee
The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late) – Tegan and Sara
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Death Cab for Cutie
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) – Whitney Houston
Frosty The Snowman – Fiona Apple
Give Love on Christmas Day – Solid Harmony
God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen ft. Sarah McLachlan – Barenaked Ladies
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – Vanessa Carlton
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Bright Eyes
Jingle Bells – Lisa Loeb
Last Christmas – Jimmy Eat World
Little Drummer Boy – The Dandy Warhols
Merry Christmas Baby – Sheryl Crow
Merry Xmas Everybody – Oasis
O Come, O Come Emmanuel – Sixpence None the Richer
Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Miley Cyrus
Silent Night – Boys to Men
This Christmas – Christina Aguilera
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Weezer
What Child Is This Anyway? – Sufjan Stevens
White Christmas – The Flaming Lips
Winter Wonderland – Phantom Planet
Wonderful Christmastime – The Shins

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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. I’ve gotten a bit tired of hearing the Little Drummer Boy, but the clip from Dandy Warhols actually sounds pretty cool. Same with Weezer and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” I really need to make a holiday alternative-rock playlist on my iPod.

  2. That death cab cover is one of my favorites. I’m kinda surprised there’s no sufjan on here but I guess his music is polarizing.

    But guys guys. I’m here to formally submit some Pentatonix to this list. I’ve been listening to their new holiday album on repeat.

  3. This playlist just inspired me to make a playlist composed entirely of covers of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, I do not even celebrate Christmas but I really love that song for some reason. What I am saying is THANK YOU CARMEN <3

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