Unlike most artists who bend themselves to fit the standards of the season, Brown didn’t abandon his carefully crafted style for Christmas: he made records that sounded like his hits, they just happened to be about Santa Claus and Christmastime
James Brown, ‘James Brown’s Funky Christmas’ (1995). Brown, who died on December 25, 2006, recorded three Christmas-themed albums during his creative peak: 1966's James Brown Sings Christmas Songs, 1968's A Soulful Christmas and 1970's Hey America It's Christmas. The best tracks from each are collected on this fantastic set. The Godfather was re-inventing rock & roll in his own funk-revolutionary image throughout the late Sixties, so it's no surprise that he injected some soul-power into the holly, jolly time of year.
Christmas songs aren't like other songs. A decent one will pop up every year, soundtracking your Christmas party and Christmas shopping, and topping up its writer's pension fund pretty handsomely – we're looking at you, Noddy Holder. If you're planning a Christmas bash of your own, why not mix a few of these tunes with some of our favourite party songs to make sure even the Scrooge of your friendship group joins you on the dance floor. No one does Christmas quite like our Sufjan. Picking a favourite out of his festive back catalogue is tough, but we rate ‘O Come O Come Emmanuel’ – a reworking of the traditional favourite on ‘Songs For Christmas’ – as our favourite track.
You can also sort the list of songs by year recorded (from oldest to newest, and from most recent to first recorded), by Song Rank (popularity rank of song versus all other songs) and by album name. All James Brown Songs.
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Christmas songs deserve to be big and dramatic and who better to deliver that kind of charisma than Freddie Mercury? Actually, this number was written by guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, but they had a knack for writing songs that Mercury could breathe fresh life into. Never featured on an actual Queen album, this song can be found on the band's Greatest Hits III release and on multiple holiday compilations. 5. 'Sock It to Me Santa'. Recorded in 1966, this single was heavily inspired by the James Brown number "Papa's Got a Brand New Ba. Seger bares all here, completely letting loose some soul that can only stem from Detroit. His version of "The Little Drummer Boy," from the first Very Special Christmas compilation, is also worthy of a mention.