First off, if you’re looking for the ultimate Christmas album, you CANNOT go wrong with The Complete James Brown Christmas. Seriously, it is friggin’ holiday gold. Your friends will be envious of your refined taste in sweet ass holiday tunes.
But here’s some other gems to get your eggnog boiling. Some snappy, some sappy, but most just plain genius. Happy holidays!
Back Door Santa by Clarence Carter
Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy by Bing Crosby & David Bowie
**Note: The Funny or Die parody by Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly is not to be ignored!
Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson
White Christmas by Otis Redding
River by Cee Lo Green (Joni Mitchell cover)
Silent Night by Stevie Nicks
2000 Miles by The Pretenders
Maybe Next Year (X-Mas Song) by Meiko
I Want to Come Home for Christmas by Marvin Gaye
**Note: Considering this song was written near the end of the Vietnam war, I find it haunting.
Santa Clause Goes Straight to the Ghetto by Nate Dogg & Snoop Dogg
Frosty the Snowman by Fiona Apple
Sleigh Ride by Carpenters
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love
O Little Town of Bethlehem by Elvis Presley
Fairy tale of New York by The Progues feat. Kristy MacColl
O Holy Night by Patti Smith
**Note: Performed at the Vatican in 2013. Watch it here.)