Royksopp, Sufjan Stevens, Slow Club – The 10 Best Free Christmas MP3s

Who wants to buy ‘Now that’s what I call two CDs full of one hit wonder Christmas tracks’ from the bargain bin of their closest Sainsbury’s? You could download these ten alternative festive tracks for absolutely zero pennies instead, saving money for the important things this time of year – Baileys, mulled wine and mince pies. So jingle your bells, fill your stockings and a number of other festive euphemisms and download the NME.COM Daily Download Christmas mix tape.

Merry Christmas!

Sufjan Stevens – ‘That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!’

Taken from his ‘Songs From Christmas’ album on Asthmatic Kitty, this beautiful track from Sufjan Stevens retains his usual tender style without adding any cheesy festive cheer. Not a santa hat from Poundland in sight.

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Sufjan Stevens

CocknBullKid – ‘Amazing Dave’
Co-written and produced with Peter of Peter Bjorn And John fame, we’ve been promised extra sleigh bells on this festive track from CocknBullKid. A unique take on ‘Amazing Grace’, have a listen to her offering.

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Hold Your Horse Is – ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’
Deserving recognition for their amazing name alone, Hold Your Horse Is went festive for their record label BSM and produced this ace cover of Paul McCartney’s ‘Wonderful Christmas Time’. We like to imagine that the band put up their collective Christmas tree and make mince pies together while performing this in front of a roaring fire.

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Royksopp – ‘Le Cantique de Noel’
A ‘space age’ take on a traditional wintery tune. Royksopp explained, “We went to a strange place with this one, fusing drums, choir and SFX together to create a version that perhaps is a bit like what a person in the early 1970′s could imagine Christmas music would sound like in the future. The future, like in 2010.”



Slow Club – ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’
Having recorded an entire festive EP, Slow Club’s lo-fi, cheery indie is perfect for this time of year. Now download their version of Darlene Love’s ‘Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)’ – which lets them join the ranks of U2, Mariah Carey, Jon Bon Jovi, and even Hanson, who have all covered the track.


Slow Club

Kevin Devine – ‘Splitting Up Christmas’
Everyone could do with a soppy love song at Christmas. It’s the time Gallows fans find their hearts softening as they watch ‘The Snowman’ and weep over their Quality Street when he melts right? Kevin Devine’s track is a lovely little acoustic number, perfect for any hardcore fans out there that like to show their squidgy side at this time of year.

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Kevin Devine

The Wave Pictures – ‘We Dress Up Like Snowmen’

The Wave Pictures bring their shaky indie vocals and jagged guitars to this Christmas classic. A punky tinselled track.

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The Wave Pictures

Screaming Maldini – ‘As Dew In Aprille’

The wise man’s tale goes that only a very brave group of musical minstrels take on a historical tune like this and sing it in their own, quirky, indie style. But somehow, it works.

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Screaming Maldini

Maps – ‘Stay Another Day’

This is just brilliant. BRILLIANT. Download it now.

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I Like Trains – ‘Last Christmas’

The lack of Wham cheese in this cover of ‘Last Christmas’ makes for a brilliantly melancholy festive track. Download I Like Trains’ take on this Christmas hit now.

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I Like Trains

Bonus track – well it is Christmas…

Thunderskank & Tru_Fix – ‘Merry Christmas’

“Home Alone samples and dubstep? That can’t possibly work!” I hear you cry. Well actually it can and it’s brilliant.

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What are your favourite alternative Christmas tunes?