Thanks to holiday-themed compilations like A Very Special Christmas and Little Steven's Christmas A Go-Go, we often hear our favorite modern artists putting their spin on holiday classics. But for those who are tired of forcing Mariah Carey's eight-octave "All I Want For Christmas" on their family-friendly-by-necessity playlists, we're here to give you a few more options.
The following songs are courtesy of artists who seem the least likely to tackle Christmas carols, featuring that colorful, borderline bizarre, je ne sais quoi that we appreciate to help ward off the occasional lackluster of the standard holiday mix-tape.
10. The Dandy Warhols, "Little Drummer Boy": The Portland-based rockers seem like the last band who'd cover a Christmas carol, but it seems they might tote more holiday cheer than we'd expect; last year, the Dandys performed a 4-night stint of Italian-themed Christmas shows for their Northwest fans.