Today’s Playlist, “Merry Christmas, I Love You”

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 fabulous. 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, it’s 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.)