10 Soul Christmas Songs
Most essential soul holiday albums are likely to include these 10 soul Christmas songs. Not only are they well-crafted and memorable songs, but they also feature some of the most talented and legendary artists in pop and R&B music. These ten songs make up a soul Christmas collection that should please most fans.
- “Back Door Santa.” “Back Door Santa” is a classic soul Christmas song by Clarence Carter, a blind soul singer and musician. In this late 1960s single, Santa sneaks around with another man’s girl.
- “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas.” Carla Thomas, a singer known as the “Queen of Memphis Soul,” released “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas” in the early 1960s. The song was a follow-up to her R&B hit single, “Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes).”
- “Merry Christmas Baby.” “Merry Christmas Baby” is an R&B Christmas standard written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore in the late 1940s. Many singers have covered the song, most notably blues singer Charles Brown and soul singer Otis Redding.
- “Presents For Christmas.” “Presents For Christmas” is a popular soul Christmas song by Solomon Burke, a singer-songwriter and Pentecostal pastor. Known as both the “King of Rock and Soul” and the “Bishop of Soul.” Burke released the song in 2004.
- “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday.” “Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday” is one of the best-known Christmas songs of William Bell, a popular singer-songwriter. The song made an appearance in the 2010 film, “Repo Man.”
- “This Christmas.” “This Christmas” is a well-known Christmas song by Donny Hathaway, the late R&B singer-songwriter also known as Donny Pitts. Released in the early 1970s, the single has become a modern holiday standard.
- “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’.” Blues singer and guitarist Albert King is the best-known performer of “Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’.” The soul standard is a composition by prominent songwriter Mack Rice, famous for “Mustang Sally.”
- “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto.” “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Getto” comes from legendary singer-songwriter James Brown (“tell him James Brown sent you”). The song is a standard on many soul Christmas compilation albums.
- “I Want To Come Home For Christmas.” “I Want To Come Home For Christmas” is a song by Marvin Gaye, another legendary singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist. The song appears on “The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection,” a 51-song compilation released in 2009.
- “Please Come Home For Christmas.” “Please Come Home For Christmas” is a melancholy Christmas song about a lonely guy who lost his girl. Blues musician Charles Brown released the single in 1960, and it appeared on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart for nine seasons.