Skip the Winter Wonderland and Feliz Navidad this season. And, by now, let's assume that Yes, they know it's Christmas. And we'll pass on any Mariah Carey and the overplayed Eartha Kitt version of Santa Baby.
This list, from Nina Simone to Bootsy Collins, includes a mix of soul, R&B and funk. It's a great holiday soundtrack when you don't want to feel like you're in a mall.
My fave cuts include Sharon Jones' Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects, Clarence Carter's Back Door Santa and the Soul Saints' tribute to James Brown, Santa's Got a Bag of Soul.