The Root’s Holiday Playlist

An irreverent listening guide to some Christmas classics.

I have never had a chestnut. I have never roasted a chestnut, but I know Nat King Cole can sing about it and make me want them because that’s how smooth he was. This is one of those songs that makes your ears happy. There is no Christmas without this song. Although it’s been sung many times, many ways, not one is better than Nat King Cole.

5.  “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” by Perry Como

You can’t see Perry Como, son! This song is the song that marks the end of Thanksgiving and the beginning of breaking the bank. It makes me want to put on some one-piece PJs with the built-in feet and slide around the linoleum kitchen floor of my past.

Top Jackson 5 Christmas Songs

No one put out a bigger Christmas catalog than Joe’s little boys, so here are the best of the best.

1.  “Santa Claus is Coming to Town

This will get the ornaments up with speed because Mike has that kind of authority in his voice. That old soulfulness.  Even though he has bleached his skin and lost his nose, Christmas is about wishing. I wish he hadn’t done that.

2.  “Give Love on Christmas Day

Little Michael. Poor Michael. Man, I miss him. This song really shows what he used to be and will never be again. It’s one of those songs that gets play for no reason other than it bangs.

3.  “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus