If you’re looking for some original holiday tunes to listen to, then this feature is for you!
You’ll know the holidays have officially kicked off when, among other things, you start hearing Christmas songs being played everywhere. A number of artists, too, will also get into the holiday spirit by covering well-loved and popular Christmas songs – some of them even releasing an entire Christmas album! But then there are those who would actually compose original songs. The result? Well, based on those that we’ve stumbled upon, some of them might just be the most unique you’ll hear in terms of their lyrics and melodies (but would still give you that lovely holiday vibe). That said, we’re featuring this selection of five of these songs in this week’s installment!
“All That I Want” by The Weepies
“All That I Want” was part of indie-folk duo The Weepies’ debut album Happiness, which was released in 2003. This song, as well as the rest of the tracks in the album, was composed by members Deb Talan and Steve Tannen. If you’re a couch potato, then you’ve probably heard this song before being featured in episode from the first season of “Gossip Girl,” as well as in J.C. Penney Christmas commercials released a couple of years back.
“Everything is One Big Christmas Tree” by The Magnetic Fields
Indie-pop group The Magnetic Fields’ holiday offering may come off as a bit odd. Some lines from the song, which was written by its founder and leader Stephin Merrit, are pretty unusual for a Christmas song. An entire verse was even sung in German, described simply as a “lusty chorus sung in German!” Anyway, this song was included in the band’s 2010 album, Realism.
“Fallen Snow” by Au Revoir Simone
The three-woman indie pop band’s song was part of their sophomore album The Bird of Music, which was released in 2007, and again in their 2008 release, Reverse Migration. We weren’t able to dig much information about the song, but All Music cites its composers as Au Revoir Simone.
”iPod Christmas” by Hello Saferide
Swedish twee pop band Hello Saferide’s Christmas tune is a breakup song. No, really! But it’s a peppy tune, without all the lamentations that most such songs have. It’s more amusing than depressing, a part of Razzia Records’ Oh No… It’s Christmas, which was released in November 2006.
“I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” by Beach House
This American dream pop duo released their song “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” for free download on their website back in December 2010, just in time for the holidays! Beach House made waves earlier that year after their album Teen Dream was deemed one of the best of 2010. Showing their gratitude to their fans, they left a short note, too: “Happy Holidays, we wrote a song for you, thanks for the great year! Love, Beach House.”
Did we miss any of your favorite original Christmas songs? Do share them with us in the comments section below!
Check out more holiday tunes on our *Put Your Headphones On Friday: Alternative Christmas* feature!
All information in this article were sourced from the Wikipedia pages of Happiness (The Weepies album), Realism (The Magnetic Fields Album), and The Bird of Music; Washington City Paper, Songs:Illinois, and Pretty Much Amazing.
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