11 Lesser Known Christmas Songs to Check Out This Holiday Season
Start writing a post

11 Lesser Known Christmas Songs to Check Out This Holiday Season

Some original songs and covers to make your December that much more festive.

11 Lesser Known Christmas Songs to Check Out This Holiday Season

As great as classic Christmas carols are, it's always great to expand your horizons, so here are some great songs to add to your holiday playlists this year!

1. "Snow" by Sleeping At Last

This song is a bit melancholic, but while it doesn't capture the more cheery nature of Christmas, it does capture some things that most people don't sing about. Through its simple yet beautiful vocals, arrangement, and lyrics, this song really shows the quiet beauty, nostalgia, and warmth that the holiday season brings every year.

2. "Santa Baby" (with a Disney twist) by Carrie Hope Fletcher

I don't know if this is just me, but the original version of this song has always creeped me out a bit. Carrie's changed lyrics and ukulele accompaniment make this song really cute and cheery (like how it's supposed to be)!

3. "That's Christmas To Me" by Pentatonix

This might not count as "lesser known," but I couldn't make a Christmas songs list without including something by Pentatonix. While their Christmas covers have become iconic over the years, people tend to forget that they actually wrote their own original Christmas song! The harmonies are pure magic and they really show us some Christmas nostalgia with this one too.

4. "Rejoice With Exceeding Great Joy" from Disney's Candlelight Processional

This one is super nostalgic to me because I performed in the Candlelight choir when I was in high school and this song was always everyone's favorite to sing. It has a super catchy beat and the great choir arrangement combined with the amazing instrumentation is really a recipe for greatness.

5. "Here Comes Santa Claus" by dodie

Dodie's covers are always so cute and feel-good. This one's no different. Her singing clones interacting with each other never fail to crack me up.

6. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by Leslie Odom Jr.

Leslie Odom Jr. has the voice of an angel. I love how it starts out with just his voice, then turns into a nice, smooth jazz rendition. This is the perfect song to play in front of a fireplace while drinking hot chocolate.

7. "Winter Song" by Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles

I guess I've been living under a rock because I only recently found out that this song exists, yet it seems like every singer under the sun has covered it. This song makes me think of cold, dark winter nights, but in the best way possible. Also, Sara and Ingrid's voices go together perfectly.

8. "Silent Night" by Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is a vocal goddess! With her having such a powerhouse voice and "Silent Night" being such a simple song, I was afraid she'd overdo it, but she strikes the perfect balance between the softness of the song and the vocal gymnastics that she's known for.

9. "O Holy Night" by Christina Grimmie

Christina was honestly a wizard when it comes to vocals. I'm devastated that she died before she got the recognition that she truly deserves. This cover isn't perfect, but it's so close to perfection that it's scary! Also, note that she was 17 years old when she recorded this! Team Grimmie forever.

10. "Under A Million Lights" by Tom Chaplin

The golden voice of Keane has recently gone solo and blessed us with a Christmas album. Though this song isn't explicitly about Christmas, it is a part of his Christmas album. Also, it very much captures the happy, hopeful spirit of the holiday season. Everyone could use something uplifting these days and this song definitely delivers on that.

BONUS TRACK: "Hallelujah" by Brandi Carlile

This isn't officially part of the list because there's always been a huge debate as to whether or not Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is a Christmas song. I personally wouldn't call it a Christmas song, but I do find myself listening to it more often during the holiday season. And despite it not being a Christmas song to me, I know it is to some people and Brandi's version is so amazing that I just had to throw it in here! She has such a unique, gravelly voice and she puts 100% of her heart and soul into singing this.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unleash Inspiration: 15 Relatable Disney Lyrics!

Leave it to Disney to write lyrics that kids of all ages can relate to.

The 15 most inspiring Disney songs

Disney songs are some of the most relatable and inspiring songs not only because of the lovable characters who sing them, but also because of their well-written song lyrics. While some lyrics make more sense with knowledge of the movie's story line that they were written for, other Disney lyrics are very relatable and inspiring for any listener.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments