To Stream: The Non-Cheesy Holiday Playlist


How about some holiday tunes that aren’t playing everywhere else right now?

We’re thinking outside the (gift-wrapped) box when it comes to gift giving this year—and the same applies to the songs we’re listening to. From the The Kinks’s toe-tapping hillbilly rock to James Brown’s jive funk, here are 11 nontraditional tunes to listen to now.

1. “Soulful Christmas,” James Brown

2. “Holiday in Waikiki,” The Kinks

3. “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight),” The Ramones

4. “White Christmas,” Otis Redding

5. “Christmas Boogie,” The Davis Sisters

6. “Santa Claus,” The Sonics

7. “Wonderful Christmastime,” The Shins

8. “Purple Snowflakes,” Marvin Gaye

9. “Merry Christmas, I Love You,” James Brown

10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Cat Power

11. “New Year’s Resolution,” Otis Redding and Carla Thomas

Stream this playlist here and browse our other playlists on Rdio here.

Photography by Angi Welsch.