12 Christmas Songs You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Dec 22, 2015

Lou Rawls' bluesy-funk track 'Christmas Will Really Be Christmas' is among our list of obscure Christmas songs this year.
Credit Capitol Records

By the time Dec. 25 actually rolls around, you may be tired of hearing Christmas music.  

How many versions of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" can one person hear before it drives them crazy?

And while "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is timeless, you might be interested in one of Brenda Lee's lesser-known hits. To keep your Christmas playlist interesting, here's a list of songs that you (probably) won't hear on the radio.

DJs John Wendland and Roy Kasten, of KDHX in St. Louis and KCUR 89.3 music reviewer David Cantwell shared their favorite obscure Christmas hits with us. They'll join Steve Kraske on Up To Date later this week.

Here are their picks, in no particular order (song videos were not immediately available for all tracks):

1. Lou Rawls — "Christmas Will Really Be Christmas" (1967)

2. Mavis Staples — "Christmas In Love" (1995)

3. The McGarrigle Family — "Rebel Jesus" (2005)

4. Kenny Burrell — "Go Where I Send Thee" (1966)

5. Brenda Lee — "Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day" (1964)

6. Charlie Rich — "Santa Claus' Daughter" (1966)

7. Worry Dolls — "Coming Home" (2013)

8. Mike Ireland and Holler — "Christmas Past" (2006)

9. Bob Dorough With Miles Davis Sextet — "Blue X-Mas" (1962)

10. Bob Seger and the Last Heard — "Sock It To Me Santa" (1966)

11. The Mills Brothers — "On This Christmas Eve" (1949)

12. Ron Sexsmith — "Maybe This Christmas" (2002)

Lisa Rodriguez is the associate producer for KCUR's Up To Date. You can reach her on Twitter @larodrig.