Now that Thanksgiving is over, it’s time to rock out to some holiday tunes while shopping, wrapping, and general Christmas-ing. Here are the best places to listen to some rock and alternative (as well as traditional) Christmas music online.
Circa 2006, I recall that AOL Radio featured a really good “Holiday Rock” station that taught me that even punk rockers get into the holiday spirit. AOL Radio’s engine has changed hands many times since then, but there are many services available today that allow you to listen to some lesser-known holiday music.
Pandora Radio is a household name for streaming radio, so it’s no wonder they have a wide array of stations dedicated to Christmas. Be sure to search for the “Rockin’ Holidays” station for a great mix of holiday hits that spans multiple generation. Pandora is also available on a wide variety of internet connected devices, allowing you to spread holiday cheer with your in-car audio system, WiFi speakers, and smart TVs.
iHeart Radio is another solid streaming platform that, of course, has Christmas stations available for streaming. Be sure to check out iHeart Christmas Rock. This service is also available on a wide range of gadgets, like the Amazon Fire TV Stick, tablets, and the Chromecast.
Perhaps not as well known as Pandora and iHeart, Slacker Radio now powers AOL Radio (and the now defunct Milk Music service from Samsung). It also has one of my favorite streaming holiday stations: Rock The Halls.
Apple’s streaming service also features some great alternative rock holiday-centric stations to its subscribers. Open the “Music” app on your iPhone or iPad, tap the Radio section, and look for the “Holiday Radio” banner.
Amazon Prime Music
If you’re an Amazon Prime member (who isn’t now-a-days?). who is in the mood for some holiday tunes, be sure to check out the Prime Playlists dedicated to Christmas and holiday music. If you’re looking for something a little different, check out the Indie for the Holidays playlist.
This list is by no means exhaustive, so please be sure to let me know where your favorite streaming Christmas music resides in the comments below.