Winter Music Playlist: Hard Rock Winter Jams

You’ve stocked up on the best winter foods — from holiday-specific treats, like roast turkey or potato latkes to buttered rum and hot chocolate. You’ve cranked up the thermostat. You’ve dug out your warmest puffer coat, scarf, and snow boots. Now, it’s time to celebrate the winter with these tracks from our edgy and offbeat playlist of seasonal songs. Create your own winter music playlist and get into the holiday spirit.

“Christmas Time Is Here” by Khruangbin

If you’re into the “chillhop” genre (better known as lo-fi hip-hop), start off with Khruangbin’s smooth, dreamy “Christmas Time Is Here” — featuring cascading guitars and ambient “stage reverb.”

“Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses

If you lean toward indie rock, dance-rock, art-rock, or post-punk during the holiday season, throw back to the New Wave with The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping.” The iconic 1980s single is known for its catchy intro and lyrics with an unexpectedly heartwarming twist.

“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” by The Polyphonic Spree

The Polyphonic Spree’s Beatles cover puts the band’s signature psychedelic-pop twist on the Beatles’ holiday classic — resulting in a sound that’s eccentric, vaguely dissonant, and distinctly American.

“Lady December” by The Concretes

“Lady December” offers a folksy melody, hypnotic instrumentals, and the “drunken-pop” feel that made the Concretes so successful.

“New Year’s Eve” by The Walkmen

The Walkmen’s piano-driven “New Year’s Eve” will help you close off 2019 on a high note (literally), with its cheery piano melody.

“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

If you want to transition your winter music playlist into a folksier mood, Fleet Foxes’ celebrated “White Winter Hymnal,” is considered an indie classic.

“Driving Under Stars” by Marika Hackman

Marika Hackman’s “Driving Under Stars” evokes a winter landscape in her native England, with thoughtful lyrics and melancholy harmonies.

“heavy snow” by Christian French

“heavy snow” boasts a sleepy alt-pop sound and uses a winter metaphor to describe the challenges of trying to make it on one’s own.

“White Tiger” by Izzy Bizu

Izzy Bizu’s “White Tiger” is a jazzy, uplifting soul track that shows off the British singer’s impressive vocal range.

“Candlelight (feat. Jeremih)” by Zhavia Ward and Jeremih

“Candlelight” plays off of a winter metaphor, with strong vocals by Zhavia Ward and Jeremih and a thoughtful and emotional message.

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