It’s true that Christmas music is an age-old tradition, but it’s not all about swing jazz and easy listening. For decades, indie bands, punk groups and hip-hop outfits have given Bing Crosby a damn good kicking by wrestling with the holiday season clichés and offering us a cathartic counterpoint to all the merriment. Like hurtling down a snowy hillside on Santa’s sleigh, listening to the best alternative Christmas songs is one hell of a wild ride…
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20: Liam Gallagher: All You’re Dreaming Of (2020)
Treating his diehard fanbase of “parka monkeys” to his very own Christmas song, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher’s All You’re Dreaming Of was described by the singer as “an instant classic that is perfect for this time of year”. Co-written with Cherry Ghost songwriter Simon Aldred, it’s a ready-to-order sentimental ballad practically gift-wrapped for Gallagher’s iconic voice, showcasing his vocal range with a delicacy and warmth that fits him as snugly as a pair of new slippers. The song reached No.24 in the UK upon its release in November 2020 and helped raise money for the Action For Children charity.