Alternative holiday tunes from Arcade

Meredith Abdelnour, Arcade Editor

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From new takes on familiar Christmas classics to original songs reflecting on the holiday season, this playlist is sure to get you into the holiday spirit without straying too far from your alternative roots.

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

Between its charming melody and simple lyrics, this song is perfect to put on as you curl up with a cup of hot chocolate. This song will make you feel like you’re running through snowy hills even if you’re actually in the middle of Florida. 

“Christmas Song” by Phoebe Bridgers

For those who aren’t excited about returning to their hometowns, these lyrics speak perfectly to the experience of feeling down while everyone else is celebrating. Bridgers’ slower and sadder take on this McCarthy Trenching song is the ideal soundtrack for sitting in the Target parking lot to get away from your family for a minute. 

“Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time” by Sufjan Stevens

This song combines two of Sufjan Stevens’ favorite things — unrequited love and Christmas music. If you’re a fan of Stevens’ unique brand of melancholy holiday music, you’re in luck, as he has an extensive catalog of Christmas music ranging from “Did I Make You Cry on Christmas Day? (Well, You Deserved It!)” to “Silent Night.” 

“I Wish It Was Christmas Today” by Julian Casablancas

Counting down the days until Dec. 25? Jam out with Julian Casablancas, lead singer of The Strokes in this upbeat song about wishing it was Christmas already. 

“Christmas Will Break Your Heart” by LCD Soundsystem

Described by the artist as a “depressing Christmas song,” this song conjures a variety of emotions between its slow build-up and dramatic crescendo. If you feel like Christmas crushes your soul, wrecks your head and breaks your heart, you’ll certainly relate to this one.

“Last Christmas” by Lucy Dacus

Dacus’ fast-paced and slightly angstier take on the Wham! classic is perfect for when you’ve heard the original play on the radio one too many times. 

“Frosty the Snowman” by Fiona Apple

Apple’s fingerpicking and unique vocals add a certain charm to this traditional Christmas carol about everyone’s favorite snowman. If “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” is a little too out there for family dinner, this song strikes a perfect balance between edgy and classic that you and your folks can enjoy. 

“Auld Lang Syne” by Andrew Byrd

This laid-back, folk version of the classic New Year’s hymnal is the perfect way to say “good riddance” to 2020 and welcome 2021 with open arms. 

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