10 Alternative Christmas Songs For Your December Drives

Groan every time Slade comes on while you’re doing the shopping? Can’t bear to switch on the radio in December for fear of hearing All I Want for Christmas for the 78th time? Or maybe you’re just sick of the background music being Michael Buble at yet another evening of mulled wine and mince pies…

We understand. As much as we love the Christmas period over at comparethemarket.com, sometimes the constant replaying of the same tired old records can become more frustrating than festive.

Well, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a list of our 10 Favourite Alternative Christmas Songs to listen to this season. So if you want to get into the holiday spirit, but the daily drive to work is starting to drive you round the bend, try listening to these tunes in the car instead and head down to your favourite local christmas market

1. I Want to Come Home for Christmas – Marvin Gaye (1972)

A pure Marvin classic, filled with his distinctive smooth vocals. The song is from the perspective of an American soldier held prisoner in Vietnam during the war, as he longs to see his family and ‘kiss his baby under the mistletoe’. Not the most cheery of Christmas tunes, but a brilliant slow track to wind down with on the drive home.

2.  Is this Christmas? – The Wombats (2007)

Looking for something a bit more upbeat? This tune by British indie band The Wombats is a great throwback to the noughties. 

3. A Spaceman Came Travelling – Chris de Burgh (1986)

De Burgh was inspired to write this song – an alternative version of the Nativity story in which the Star of Bethlehem is actually a spaceship - after reading Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Daniken. 

4. 2000 Miles – The Pretenders (1983)

Written for their original guitarist who died the previous year, 2000 Miles expresses how much the band miss him over the holiday season. It’s been covered by multiple artists over the years, including Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, and KT Tunstall – but the original’s still the best in our opinion. 

5. It Doesn’t Often Snow at Christmas – Pet Shop Boys (2009)

This one’s perfect if you’re secretly a bit of a Scrooge. In this anti-establishment record, the band lament the fact that Christmas has turned so commercial and it’s never all it’s cracked up to be. A great one to put on if you’re fed up of all the crowds and super sales.

6. Blue Christmas – Elvis Presley (1957)

For a bit of country soul this season, look no further than this track from ultimate crooner Elvis Presley, as he sings about the girl he misses this Christmas. 

7. Ding Dong, Ding Dong – George Harrison (1974)

The ex-Beatles member was hoping to have the same success as bands like Slade with this festive tune. While it was only a minor hit, this cheery track is a good one for the New Year period. Interestingly, Harrison was inspired by the words “Ring out the old, ring in the new/Ring out the false, ring in the true” which were written on the fireplace inside his country home by the estate’s original owner, Sir Frank Crisp.   

8. Christmas in L.A. – The Killers (2013)

The American indie-rock band released this record in 2013 with the video seeing a cameo from Hollywood actor Owen Wilson. The band have also announced a new Christmas album set to be released this December. 

9. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – Jimmy Boyd (1952)

Of course, you’ll most likely have heard of this one… However, most people tend to think of the more recognisable cover versions such those by The Ronnettes, The Jackson 5, and Amy Winehouse. With this, you can impress your friends with your musical knowledge of the proper 1950s original.

10. I Wish it was Christmas Today - Julian Casablancas (2009)

Lead singer of The Strokes covered this Saturday Night Live Christmas cracker, giving it an edgy, rocker twist.


Whatever you do decide to listen to during your car journeys this month, make sure you drive safely on the roads. This is especially true during the Christmas period when the weather tends to be bad and drivers are often in a rush to get home to their families. Don’t get too into your own personal Elvis rendition that you forget to concentrate on the road ahead…

For extra caution, make sure you’re fully covered and compare car insurance at comparethemarket.com. You may even find yourself a better deal! 

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