Merry Christmas

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  1. Kathy A. says:

    A big thumbs up for knowing that the Eartha Kitt version of Santa Baby is the correct one. I pity people who have only heard the Madonna version.

  2. Patrick says:

    It's a tragedy that time has made Ms. Kitt a relative obscurity, as well-known for playing the Catwoman as for her formidable talents as a singer.

  3. Kirk Taylor says:

    Merry Christmas to you and all the other writers and readers!

  4. Grifter says:

    Merry Christmas to everybody (even the ones I argue with)!

  5. Joe Pullen says:

    This is a great mix. Thanks for posting.

    Agreed, Ms. Kitt’s version is much better. For some reason I prefer the Dean Martin version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” but I think Ella did a better job of the female vocals than Martina McBride.

    One of my favorite Christmas songs s is Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You Santa Clause?”

    Today though we’ve mostly been listening to Raleigh North Carolina College playing Christmas music on bells on KERA – they’re very talented.

  6. Joe Pullen says:

    Correction -it's the Raleigh Ringers

  7. Grifter says:

    My favorite christmas song has always been:

  8. Michael Mock says:

    Heard this one on the radio this morning:

  9. naught_for_naught says:

    My addition to the mix would be this beautiful version of Sweet Little Baby Boy, by James Brown


  10. Mercury says:

    I see and I raise:

    Ike & Tina – Merry Christmas Baby

    Huey "Piano" Smith – Silent Night

    Lord Nelson – Party For Santa Claus

  11. twency says:

    Some good stuff there, but I'll take a pass on that paean to date rape "Baby It's Cold Outside".

    "Say, what's in this drink…"
    "I really can't stay…"
    "The answer is no…"

  12. princessartemis says:

    I don't think I've ever heard any version other than Kitt's Santa Baby. No other needed be made.

    Hope you and yours had a good Christmas :)

  13. Grifter says:


    I've always thought that, and so, apparently did Key and Peele, so they did their own take:

  14. Andre says:

    I would sub out Silent Night for this Mahalia Jackson classic:

    And the Jim Nabors version is quite the jazzy gospel version as well.

    And for a modern classic I would add Harry Connick Jr's (It must've been 'ol) Santa Claus

  15. wgering says:

    I personally cannot stand traditional Christmas music.

    But Christmas does give me an excuse to break out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  16. 205guy says:

    I'm way too late to this post, and even earlier for next year, but wanted to add:

    But mostly for the pop-cultural (aka kitsch) value. Otherwise I'm mostly into the traditional Christmas carols. OK, one more exception: