Here in Chicago we haven’t seen the likes of any snow just yet… knock on wood… really hard… Still the obligatory annual Festival of Lights took place on the Magnificent Mile and holiday decorations around the city have been making their appearances since before Thanksgiving. One would say it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around these parts.
One could also say, however, that it’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, too. The internet is all a buzz with new holiday music like “Christmas Without You” from Eric Benet & Faith Evans and celebrity renditions of old favorites. Mariah Carey recently performed her holiday signature “All I Want for Christmas is You” with The Roots (playing children’s instruments nonetheless… and quite well I might add) & Jimmy Fallon. DMX even got in on the fun with his best version of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”….Yep… See it to believe it.
But I must admit that I’m hard pressed to find much holiday music to replace the ones I’ve loved hearing year after year. Maybe its warm memories that the old classics call to mind. Maybe I’m just stubborn and stuck in my ways. (Likely.) After all, it’s not officially the holiday season for me until I hear Donny sing “This Christmas”! So I’ve compiled a list (in no particular order) of some of those songs that always get me into the Christmas spirit. See if you can find your favorite or discover a new one!
Donny Hathaway – “This Christmas”
Eartha Kitt – “Santa Baby”
The Temptations – “Silent Night”
Charles Brown – “Please Come Home for Christmas”
Charles Brown – “Merry Christmas Baby”
James Brown – “Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto”
Denise LaSalle – “Santa Claus Got the Blues”
Jackson 5 – “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”
Jackson 5 – “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”
Nat King Cole – “The Christmas Song”
The Drifters – “White Christmas”
Whitney Houston – “Joy to the World”
Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas is You”
Mariah Carey – “O HolyNight”
Luther Vandross – “Every Year, Every Christmas”
Luther Vandross – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Oleta Adams – “O Come All Ye Faithful”
Stevie Wonder – “Someday at Christmas”
Stevie Wonder – “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me”
Kirk Franklin – “Jesus is the Reason”
Kirk Franklin – “Now Behold the Lamb”
Kirk Franklin – “The Night That Christ Was Born”
New Edition – “Give Love on Christmas Day”
Boyz II Men – “Let It Snow feat. Brian McKnight”
TLC – “Sleigh Ride”
Run DMC – “Christmas in Hollis”
Kurtis Blow – “Christmas Rappin'”
So… What am I missing? What could you do without? What newer holiday tunes do you like to listen to?
-Love & Light… CB Radio