From the December 2017 issue

Playlist Punch-Up: Alternative Holiday Music Playlist

Dear all-Christmas-music-radio-station: It's not you – it's us. Well, maybe it's you. If you're burned out on the standards, try these 11 alternate tunes.

If the thought of hearing “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” one more time has you on the road to a “Blue Christmas” – or making you see Santa-suit red – you’ve come to the right place. We dug deep into the gazillion holiday ditties out there to pluck out some alternative jams that give the holidays a different angle – and are still appropriate to spin around the kids (no small feat). So, Mariah, put your pining on pause … and Wham!, let’s just leave “Last Christmas” in the past. Here are our fave family-friendly picks for something a bit different this year.