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The holidays are a great time of year to get into the holiday spirit by listening to music. But if you’re tired of the same old tunes check out these unique takes on traditional songs that can be found playing on the radio and being streamed this time of year.

1) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, by Chase Holfelder.

American singer and songwriter Chase Holfelder covered three Christmas tunes in his Major to Minor series on YouTube that began in 2014 where he took songs that were in major key that typically sounded happy and switched them to minor key, where they sounded sad. Beginning with the Star Spangled Banner, he eventually published his minor key cover of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” on Dec. 9, 2014. The following year he posted his cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” on Dec. 6.  His “Silent Night” cover was posted Dec. 1, 2016.

Holfelder is known for his strong vocals and creating a haunting and disturbing tone with his music. As minor key is typically associated with darker tones and messages, the eerie atmosphere presents a more layered tale on these happy and simple tunes.

2) Carol of the Bells, by Sixpence None the Richer

This rock band’s Christmas Album released Oct. 182008 called The Dawn of Grace. While they also covered many other Christmas tracks such as ‘Silent Night” and “Angels We Have Heard on High”, the band reunited after their breakup to record this album and even featured two original Christmas themed songs on it.

This track offers a gentle rock melody paired with bell chimes with female vocals.

3) Deck the Halls, by PelleK

Published on his Christmas with the PelleK album on Nov. 13, 2013, the Norwegian singer and songwriter Per Fredrik Pellek Åsly rocks to the style of power metal. He orchestrated a blood rushing track for the holidays, so if you’re looking to get hyped for the holidays or want to vent the urge to burn down some Christmas trees and smash ornaments, these song covers may suit your fancy.

4) Santa Baby, by Reverend Run and The Christmas All Stars

The old style rap tune will bring a wave of nostalgia for those into The Notorious B.I.G., Snoop Dogg and other rappers. The first verse is rapped by Rev Run, the second Ma$e, the third Puff Daddy, Snoop Dogg raps the fourth, Salt-N-Pepa fifth, Fredro Starr raps the sixth, Sticky Fingaz has the seventh and Keith Murray the eight. The singer for the chorus depends on the performance, but it’s allegedly Rev Run’s wife. The song was published on “A Very Special Christmas Volume 3” Oct. 7, in 1997.

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