if you're anything like me, you'd rather intentionally burst your eardrums than have to listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" one more time while you're out finishing your shopping. Well, luckily for you, there are plenty of Christmas songs that I can guarantee you'll never hear in a store, and these 12 are especially great.
Run-DMC - "Christmas In Hollis"
Sampling a song that'll feature further on in the list, this Christmas rap jam is just a ton of fun to listen to.
John Denver - "Please, Daddy (Don't Get Drunk This Christmas)"
It's as much of a crooner as any of Denver's songs are, but man does this ever go into some subject matter that make it anything but a typical Christmas carol.
Bing Crosby and David Bowie - "The Little Drummer Boy / Peace On Earth"
Two musical icons do some great renditions of classic carols, and the results are unlike any of the usual versions you hear.
The Hillbilly Southern Players - "Dominick The Donkey"
Apparently there's a song about an Italian Christmas donkey that I was never aware of until a coworker played it for me. Live and learn I guess.
Tom Waits - "Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis"
It's another of Waits' patented long form stories set to song, and as per usual, it's smooth but also full of emotion.