8 New Xmas Songs You Might Hate Less Than Michael Buble

17 December 2015 | 12:29 pm | Staff Writer

Because there's only 8 sleeps 'til Christmas

There is a veeeery small sect of the population that actually enjoy Christmas carols. We're pretty sure it's because most shopping centres, workplaces and public places insist on ambushing our ears with either carols from like, 60 years ago, Michael Buble's countless Christmas ventures or Mariah Carey's 1994 hit All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Despite this, every year contemporary artists try their hand at the Christmas song game — sometimes to disastrous effect. This year, we decided to put together a list of 2015's not-so-horrible Christmas song attempts.

elliphant — north star (bloody christmas)

Most artists go the cheesy feel-good path with Christmas songs but Swedish singer Elliphant has finally showcased a grittier side of the holiday — the one where you karaoke by yourself with a shit ton of pizza and graffiti the pavement.

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phoenix — alone on christmas day

You'll recognise this if you've already parked your arse in front of the TV to watch Netflix's Sofia Coppolla-directed A Very Murray Christmas holiday special. A cover of The Beach Boys' 1979 song, the song also features the voices of Murray, Jason Schwartzman and New York Dolls' vocalist David Johansen. 

band of merrymakers — must be christmas

A supergroup comprising of members of every 2000s alt-rock outfit you forgot about like Sugar Ray, Semisonic, Evanescence and Lifehouse, as well as songstresses Natasha Bedingfield and Christina Perri, this one's a little on the sappy side, hopefully with a dash of warm-fuzzies though. The rotating cast on the album circles around the idea of having to spend a Christmas in the heat — just like us!

the holidaze — have yourself a merry little christmas

One for the pop punk lovers, All Time Low's Alex Gaskarth, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden, Simple Plan's Pierre Bouvier, producer/Goldfinger's vocalist John Feldmann and 5 Seconds Of Summer's Ashton Irwin banded together to create a charity single for The Ryan Seacrest Foundation. It gets fun around 1:45.

The killers — dirt sledding

The Vegas natives have released a country-infused Christmas song that has the perfect barren video to match the arid landscape they grew up in. Dirt-covered faces, a seedy-looking Santa and teepees, the track features Ryan Pardey and actor Richard Dreyfuss and is the third installment in a Christmas-themed storyline (also check out Don't Shoot Me Santa and I Feel It In My Bones).

carly rae jepsen — Last christmas

Canadian pop export Carly Rae Jepsen has gone from really, really, really liking you to being a bit miffed about you stealing her heart at Christmas. 

kylie minogue — every day's like christmas

Arguably the queen of non-ironic Christmas singles, Kylie's home video-esque hipster Christmas is a perfect little package of synth pop. If only real Christmas celebrations were this chic.

august burns red — home alone theme

A little different from the rest in this list, this one is genius and we're not sure why no one's thought to rock up the Home Alone theme before. We reckon Kevin McAllister would've been less scared at home if he had this to jam on Buzz's speakers. Woof.