The holidays can be a stressful time. To combat those inevitable surges of annoyance that arise only around family, we've complied a selection of Christmas songs that just might help keep those feelings at bay. Some have Christmas-sounding titles (but have nothing to do with Christmas), some are about Christmas (but not in the traditional vein), and others are covers of traditional Christmas songs by untraditional people (we're looking at you, Scott Weiland). From Kanye and Mogwai to Kate Bush and The Ramones, there's a little something for everyone here -- just don't play the ones marked "Not Safe for Home" around the kiddies. So the next time you feel the urge to talk back to your mom, take a moment to pause, press play and let the music drown out the comebacks.
Spin the playlist in full below, or pick out your favorites below below.The Raveonettes - The Christmas Song The Flaming Lips - Christmas at the Zoo Royksopp - Le Cantique De Noel The Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight) Weezer - The Christmas Song She & Him - Christmas Day Band Aid - Do They Know Its Christmas Ugly Duckling - Last Minute Shopping Sufjan Stevens - Put the Lights on the Tree Mogwai - Christmas Song Belle and Sebastian - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto Kanye West - Christmas in Harlem Atlas Sound - Holiday The Walkmen - No Christmas While I'm Talking The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping The Pogues - Fairy Tale of New York Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today John Lennon - Happy Christmas (War Is Over) Kate Bush - Snowflake Rilo Kiley - Xmas Cake Tom Waits - Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis (NOT SAFE FOR HOME) Eazy E- Merry Muthaf***in' Xmas (NOT SAFE FOR HOME) Clarence Carter - Back Door Santa Badly Drawn Boy - Donna and Blitzen Goldfrapp - Winter Wonderland Scott Weiland - I'll Be Home for Christmas Run DMC - Christmas in Hollis Regina Spektor - My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)