Fourteen ‘must-listen’ to Christmas soul songs
“275, 285, and stereo VHF…” who remembers the good old days when taping the charts used to mean trying to cut out the dulcet tones of Tony Blackburn, Simon Bates or Bruno Brookes? Who remembers watching the special edition of Top of the Pops waiting for the Christmas Number One? They were every part of a 1970s or 1980s Christmas. Happy times, great tunes, but nothing on the joys of a soul Christmas song.
Soul music and Christmas: the two get along as well as brandy sauce on a plum pudding. Showing its romantic side, the kind of music to snuggle up to in a onesie or Christmas jumper in front of a roaring fire. Wearing its best party frock, it can move anyone from eight to eighty towards the dance floor, or get us all singing along.
Our must-listen to Christmas soul songs
This playlist has been carefully chosen to offer you a broad range of soul versions of Christmas songs. Some romantic, some melancholic, and a few highly danceable numbers. Just to keep everything old school, we have structured our playlist to fit comfortably on a C90 cassette (younger readers might want to ask an older relative).
We can assure that the following tracks are the unaltered, complete songs. None of this chopping and changing you used to have on K-Tel or Ronco albums for fitting as many tracks as possible on a single LP.
- Jingle Bells, Booker T. and the MGs;
- Santa Claus is Coming to Town, The Pointer Sisters;
- Frosty the Snowman, The Jackson 5;
- Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Temptations;
- Someday at Christmas, Stevie Wonder;
- Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles;
- Another Lonely Christmas, Prince and the Revolution.
- Have Yourself a Merry Christmas, The Stylistics;
- Silver Bells, The Supremes;
- Let It Snow, Boyz II Men;
- I Want to Come Home for Christmas, Marvin Gaye;
- White Christmas, Otis Redding;
- Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt;
- All I Want For Christmas is You, Mariah Carey.
We at Madison Heights Soul Band would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Here’s to a soulful 2017.
Madison Heights Soul Band, 12 December 2016.