Friday Random Ten

Because we’re exactly two weeks away from Dec. 25 (Christians, in particular, like to refer to the day as Christmas) and Shani-o is a really demanding boss, today’s Friday Random Ten will be a celebration of Christmas music.

As Shani noted in her post over at Alyssa’s spot, we know that not everyone who reads this blog is a Christian. And, as she mentioned, not everyone who contributes to this blog is Christian.

But it’s hard to deny the allure of the holiday season – the chill in the air, the colorful lights, the fragrant evergreens, the comfort food, all the chubby, bearded white guys asking you to sit on their laps.

And with that comes the music. So …

1. We Three Kings by The California Raisins (Brokey)

2. O Holy Night by Johnny Mathis (Shani-o)

3. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt (Belleisa)

4. Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC (Jamelle)

5. This Christmas by Donny Hathaway (Blackink)

6. Let It Snow by Boyz II Men featuring Brian McKnight (Brokey)

7. All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey (Belleisa)

8. Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight) by The Ramones (Jamelle)

9. Christmas Time is Here by The Vince Guaraldi Trio from “Charlie Brown Christmas” (Brokey). Here’s a dope guitar cover by Rob Bourassa.

10. Chanukah Song by Adam Sandler (Shani-o)

Oh what the hell. Since it’s the season of giving, how about five more?

11. Boot-off by Bootsy Collins (Blackink)

12. I’d Like You for Christmas by Julie London (Brokey)

13. Baby, It’s Cold Outside by Dolly Parton and Rod Stewart (Belleisa)

14. Silent Night by The Temptations (Shani-o)

15. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Jackson Five (Brokey)

This is not – at all – a comprehensive list. Or even a list of our favorites. Just a list.

Help us out in the comments section … I know we didn’t include some very special holiday offerings from Silk, K-Ci & JoJo and the Quad City DJs.

Also, if upbeat isn’t your thing, please check out Brokey’s post about the “five saddest Christmas songs ever in life.”

Play on, playas.


Joel Anderson —blackink —  writes about sports, politics, crime, courts, and other issues far beyond his competence at BuzzFeed. He has worked at media outlets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Atlanta and contributed to a number of publications, including The Root and The American Prospect, among many others.
  • keke

    The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole

    What Christmas Means To Me by Stevie Wonder

    My Favorite Things by the Supremes…..(not sure if it is considered a classic Christmas song but it is on that A Motown Christmas cd that I listen to around this time)

    Santa Claus Go Straight To the Ghetto by James Brown ( I heard this song every year as a kid)

  • Ladyfresh


    Count Basie – Good Morning Blues (Real Tuesday Weld Clerkenwell Remix)
    Verve remixed Christmas
    (i have it on repeat)

  • I think the only way I can take holiday music is when it’s jazzed-up. Here are a couple of my favorites.

    What Child Is This – Vanessa Williams

    Groove of the Sugar Plum Fairy – The Classical Jazz Quintet

  • Christmas Time is Here by The Vince Guaraldi Trio from “Charlie Brown Christmas”

    ^^^ gets my vote for the most melancholy christmas song of all time