Christmas music is quite possibly the most underrated genre out there. It’s only socially acceptable to listen to it for maybe two months out of the entire year, so you better make it count while you can! Many people gravitate towards the classics when they’re in the mood for some Christmas Spirit, but there are some unknown jams out there that will warm your frozen heart. Since many people tend to listen to the same songs every year, this list will help you shakeup your holiday playlist. Read on to hear 5 underrated and unknown Christmas songs!
Ho Ho Hopefully – The Maine
Way back in 2008, The Maine released a Christmas miracle. The first track off of the “…And a Happy New Year” EP is the emo christmas song that everyone needs in their life. The story of the song follows a couple who is in danger of falling out of love because they never see each other. They’re hoping the holiday season is just what they need to bring them back together, exactly where they belong: under the Christmas tree.
Santa Tell Me – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande uses her adorable personality and unmatched vocal ability to transport listeners to a love-filled winter wonderland. This 2014 jam goes unnoticed on the radio, but it 100% needs more airtime. It’s upbeat and impossible not to dance to. Its accompanying music video is also looks homemade, like it’s something she and her friends did for fun, so it gets an A+ in my book!
Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass – All Time Low
Departing completely from the sugary-pop feeling that the last song evokes, Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass is the perfect holiday breakup song. Imagine: your honey has left you heartbroken before the holiday season. What are you going to do about it? Are you going to waste your time crying over a crappy ex? Heck no! You’re going to scream-sing this song in your car, and stick it to them.
Hoping For Snow – The Vamps
It’s obvious that The Vamps found inspiration from George Michael’s super-popular Last Christmas for the lyrics of their holiday song, and it’s an adorable take on the romantic vibes that surround the holidays. Boy bands and Christmas songs go together like peanut butter and jelly. Their romantic take on reminiscing fondly on past love is the perfect soundtrack for sipping cocoa and watching the snow fall.
All I Want For Christmas is You – My Chemical Romance (cover)
Not many artists have the ability to actually succeed in covering Mariah Carey. This task becomes 1000 times more difficult when the song happens to be All I Want For Christmas is You. My Chemical Romance (please get back together!!) covered the hit in 2009 and did not disappoint. The band performs it in typical MCR fashion by isolating Gerard Way’s haunting vocals in the first verse and speeding it up at the chorus, keeping the edginess present throughout the rest of the song.
Maggie Morgan is a junior majoring in Professional Writing with a concentration in Creative Writing. Hobbies include: spending all of her money on concert tickets, trying to convince Green Day to let her be their friend, geeking out about music history, dreaming of writing for Rolling Stone. You can follow her on instagram at @swaggie_.maggie.