Itchy's Alternative Christmas Soundtrack
Just in case you can't stand to hear Band Aid even once more
Glasvegas – A Snowflake Fell (and it felt like a kiss)
Glasvegas' music is inherently atmospheric and Christmassy in the first place, so just the inclusion of the word 'snowflake' is the only excuse we need to add this one to the list.
Ron Sexsmith – Maybe this Christmas
Itchy loves this song so much that we listen to it all year round. Its pretty, gentle melody warms the cockles of your heart and the sentiment will bring a tear to even the most emotion-less eye.
Frightened Rabbit – It's Christmas So We'll Stop
Although this one lacks a catchy chorus, it's an epic Christmas cracker. A thundering Arcade Fire-like backing chorus and a fiddle thrown in at the end build a single that won't leave our playlists until February.
The Raveonettes – Come on Santa
It wouldn't be The Raveonettes without a haunting vocal and sound quality that makes you think the band, and their instruments, have had a few too many. Perfect for Christmas. Plus it starts with a glockenspiel.
The Darkness – Christmas Time
Faux-glam rockers and one album-wonders The Darkness made a Christmas single that was appropriately extravagant, loud and guitar-filled. We love it for its unashamed kitsch.
The Killers – Don't Shoot Me Santa
The least festive sounding of the bunch, but because it's by the Killers and it's a great song we've included it anyway. It would no doubt be easier for little kids to find out there's no Father Christmas if they knew he had a gun.
Low – Just Like Christmas
The Scandinavians are great at capturing the Christmas spirit, possibly because their countries actually get snow rather than muddy grey slush. Just Like Christmas has a perky chorus and all the appropriate percussion to get you in the mood.
Leona Naess – Christmas
The original Leona has a gorgeous voice and this soft Christmas tribute is the perfect showcase for it. Not all good singers were on X Factor, you know.