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12 Nontraditional Christmas Songs For When You Just Can't Stand Any More Carols

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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.

Somehow, the songs just get weirder from here...

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