#Christmas6Music – The Ultimate Alternative Christmas Playlist

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Christmas, wonderful Christmas. Christmas, which begins in November when the shops start playing festive music… But some songs seem to get all the airtime (we're looking at you, Wham!). So forget the cheesy, mainstream seasonal tunes, we want you to help us create the Ultimate Alternative Christmas Playlist.

The Flaming Lips, Julian Casablancas, The Killers, R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, The Smashing Pumpkins and even The Fall are among those who have recorded their own musical festive offerings. So tell what you'd like to hear...

Here's a few seasonal ideas to explore:

  • It could simply be a track from one of the artists listed above - we've basically done the work for you there...
  • Whilst we're on the subject of The Flaming Lips, what about something from the soundtrack of their 2008 film Christmas On Mars?
  • How about a track with a spurious Christmas lyric? Maybe something like The Mamas & the Papas - For The Love Of Ivy...
  • Or any other tracks which remind you of Christmas - let us know the story behind it and we may just play it!

There are loads of ways you can get involved: tweet using #Christmas6Music, comment on Facebook or this blog, or add your suggested tracks to our collaborative Spotify and Rdio playlists.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by mccon1

    on 22 Dec 2013 18:35

    http://thebleenees.bandcamp.com/track/this-xmas-is-gonna-be-a-corker

    Please have a listen and I'm sure this will go down well with your listeners Tom.

    Thanks
    Martin ( brother of Ace Bleenee).

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by swede

    on 22 Dec 2013 17:11

    How about 'Merry Christmas, Happy New Year' by the great Lee 'Scratch' Perry? There are quite a few decent seasonal reggae tunes around to choose from, but this one never seems to get airplay. The title says it all really.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by AndyVonPip

    on 22 Dec 2013 09:21

    Helen Love Ricardo Autobahn - "The Salvation Army Band plays" The best Xmas songs are those bitter sweet melancholic reflective numbers, but within the misery there is hope , and this tune released last year fits the bill and yet I think it didn't get played too often on the radio. A classic in the making me thinks

    Also this year a band well known to BBC Introducing , Dark Horses have releases a seasonal tune "Jul Song" which is mysterious, sombre yet rather beautiful, a bit like their singer Lisa-Elle

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by BlackCountryBob

    on 21 Dec 2013 21:09

    I love the Ze Xmas album so tracks from there like Christmas time in the motor city by Was (Not Was), It's a holiday by Material and Christmas on Riverside Drive by Kid Creole and the Coconuts will fit right in. My favourite Christmas track is December will be magic again by Kate Bush.

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