Whether you’re feeling naughty or nice, and whether prefer the classics or contemporary hits, this all-Southern lineup of holiday tunes is guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit.
1. Harry Connick, Jr: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”
No better way to kick off the season than with this perennial favorite from the prolific Louisiana born crooner.
2. Pentatonix: “White Winter Hymnal”
The Texas-based acapella quintet covers the Fleet Foxes’ ode to winter.
3. Elvis Presley: “Blue Christmas”
If you’re not feeling the tinsel and lights this season, drown your sorrows with some eggnog and this classic from the King.
4. Dolly Parton: “Hard Candy Christmas”
No one belts out a down on your luck song like Dolly.
5. Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges: “Present without a Bow”
A powerhouse pairing performs an original from Musgraves’s popular 2016 “A Very Kasey Christmas” album.
6. Wynton Marsalis: “Jingle Bells”
A rousing rendition of the yuletide favorite as only the jazz great can deliver.
7. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings: “Funky Little Drummer Boy”
The band infuses soul into this self-proclaimed “funky” version of the popular carol.
8. Louis Armstrong: “‘Zat You, Santa Claus”
Satchmo asks the question on the minds of all eager children on Christmas Eve — ’zat you, Santa Claus?
9. The Blind Boys of Alabama: “Go Tell it On the Mountain”
If this title track from the 2003 Grammy award-winning Christmas album doesn’t get you in the holiday spirit, you have no soul.
10. Brenda Lee: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”
Lee was just 13 when she recorded this earworm for the ages.
11. Eartha Kitt: “Santa Baby”
Kitt’s sassy and decidedly grown-up ditty forever elevated our gift expectations.
12. TLC: “Sleigh Ride”
“Merry Christmas from TLC!” The Atlanta trio’s funky twist on the traditional tune.
13. The Civil Wars: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”
This dynamic duo may have broken up (we’re still not over it), but their soaring harmonies live on forever in this jazzy cover of the beloved carol.
14. Rosemary Clooney: “White Christmas”
The Kentucky-born singer-actress (and aunt to George) co-starred in the classic film of the same name.
15. Ella Fitzgerald: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
It’s hard to top Judy Garland’s original, but the First Lady of Song comes close.
16. Kelly Clarkson: “My Favorite Things”
The American Idol alum puts her spin on the Judy Andrews classic.
17. Al Green: “The Christmas Song”
A.k.a. “chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” A.k.a. the most overplayed holiday song ever. But you know it still gives you the warm fuzzies.
18. Otis Redding: “Merry Christmas Baby”
This feel good jazzy tune has been covered many times — we’re partial to Redding’s take.
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