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Quick, Plug This Alternative Holiday Playlist In Before 'Christmas In Our Hearts' Comes On

With due respect to Jose Mari Chan, we need something new.
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At this point, who isn't tired of the same versions of the same songs playing everytime they walk into a shop or put on the radio? Music is inextricable to the holidays, but it's hard not to develop fatigue. However, there exists an endless array of music that will make you fall in love with the season all over again. Here'a a playlist that consists of songs you'll want to play even after the holiday season.

Rogue Waves' rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock” adds a dazed and psychedelic mood that will make you feel like you're walking through a fog illuminated by Christmas lights. Slow Club's “It's Christmas and You're Boring Me,” with its gentle acoustic strumming and lyrics about apathy toward a lover during Christmas, is the antithesis to the ubiquitous “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” Aretha Franklin's “O Christmas Tree” re-renders the saccharine original into a rousing and soulful ballad. In this version, the Christmas tree is lit ablaze not by artificial lights but through a transcendent joy that Franklin's voice evokes. What are you waiting for? Put off the Jose Marie Chan and re-ignite your love for the holidays with Sufjan Stevens' “Star of Wonder.

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