Alex Frank

Come on, you know it's true: the best Christmas songs are the sad ones, joyful in sound but actually Scrooges in St. Nick's clothing. Phoenix, the French indie-pop band, has recorded "Alone on Christmas Day," originally a Beach Boys song, for Bill Murray's new Netflix special A Very Murray Christmas, and their version shimmers with precisely such melancholy, a lump of coal in a very cute stocking.