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Christmas Playlist: Kanye West, Kate Bush, The Ramones And More (AUDIO)


First Posted: 12/25/11 01:42 AM ET Updated: 12/25/11 10:23 AM ET

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)

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