Rhapsody’s Indie Winter Wonderland playlist

As Rhapsody Editorial so astutely points out: Holiday music is not just reserved for the fair crooner. In fact, many an indie artist has been struck with yuletide fever–or has at least shivered enough through a December day to be inspired to sing about hard winters and white snow.

Indie Winter Wonderland

So this isn’t strictly hall-decking, bell-jingling music, but rather an array of tunes that represent both the jolly and the melancholy of the holiday season, from covers by Sufjan Stevens, She & Him and Rogue Wave to sweet originals by Snow Patrol and The Raveonettes to, well, stranger Christmas ditties from Beck, The Flaming Lips and Julian Casablancas. There’s also lots of talk about winter and snow — and if you’re dying to learn 50 ways to describe the white stuff, Kate Bush will educate you.

Rhapsody subscribers can directly access An Indie Winter Wonderland playlist here. (Save it to your account and then you can listen on Sonos). No Rhapsody subscription? Create your own version of this mix with the tracklist below.

  1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – She and Him
  2. Jingle Bell Rock – Rogue Wave
  3. Amazing Grace – Cat Power
  4. White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  5. O Holy Night – Sufjan Stevens
  6. The Little Drum Machine Boy – Beck
  7. Winter Winds – Mumford & Sons
  8. 50 Words For Snow – Kate Bush
  9. Christmas Is Coming Soon – Blitzen Trapper
  10. Winter Song (Album) – The Head and the Heart
  11. A Great Big Sled featuring Toni Halliday – The Killers
  12. Winter Birds – Ray LaMontagne
  13. Lonely Christmas Eve – Ben Folds
  14. Snowflake In A Hot World – Mercury Rev
  15. The First Song – Band Of Horses
  16. Snow – Emiliana Torrini
  17. I Wish It Was Christmas Today – Julian Casablancas
  18. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow
  19. Winter Hill (Acoustic Version) – Doves
  20. Carol Of The Bells – Phantom Planet
  21. Faded From The Winter – Iron and Wine
  22. No Christmas While I’m Talking – The Walkmen
  23. The Snow Leopard – Shearwater
  24. Winter Wonder Land – Animal Collective
  25. Snow In California – The Stills
  26. The Man in The Santa Suit – Neil Halstead
  27. Christmas With You Is The Best – The Long Winters
  28. A Snowflake Fell (And It Felt Like A Kiss) – Glasvegas
  29. 20 Years Of Snow – Regina Spektor
  30. Winter Bones – Stars
  31. When I Get Home for Christmas – Snow Patrol
  32. A Change At Christmas [Say It Isn’t So] – The Flaming Lips
  33. Is This Christmas? [Radio Edit] – The Wombats
  34. The First Snowflake – The Boy Least Likely To
  35. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – The Raveonettes
  36. Anorak Christmas (Piano Mix) – Sally Shapiro
  37. Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) – Laura Marling
  38. Christmas Time is Here – Au Revoir Simone
  39. Winter Beats – I Break Horses
  40. Santa’s Coming Over – Low
  41. January Hymn – The Decemberists
  42. The Winter – Cake