Athens Review, Athens, Texas

Breaking News

Community News Network

December 19, 2012

Slate's definitive Christmas playlist

(Continued)

And Lou Rawls does "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" better than anyone else we've ever heard. Says Slate senior editor Dan Kois, "The song, as written, is a humorless tract about behaving at Christmastime. Sure, that's a worthy message, as any parent would agree — but Rawls' version is funky and funny in just the right balance, transforming the song's threat into a joyful promise."

For our complete list of definitive Christmas song covers, see our Spotify playlist below.

"White Christmas," Bing Crosby from "White Christmas" (1995)

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Judy Garland from "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1995)

"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole from "The Christmas Song" (2009)

"I'll be Home for Christmas," Michael Bublé from "Christmas" (2011)

"Baby It's Cold Outside," Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting from "Johnny Mercer: Collector's Series" (1989)

"Up On the Housetop," The Jackson 5 from "Ultimate Christmas Collection" (2009)

"Winter Wonderland," Peggy Lee from "Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One" (1996)

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," The Ronettes from "A Christmas Gift to You from Phil Spector" (2009)

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Lou Rawls from "Merry Christmas, Baby" (2006)

"Merry Christmas, Baby," Otis Redding from "Merry Christmas Baby / White Christmas" (1968)

"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley from "Elvis' Christmas Album" (1985)

"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt from "The Very Best of Eartha Kitt" (2007)

"Sleigh Ride," Ella Fitzgerald from "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas" (2002)

"This Christmas," Donny Hathaway from "A Donny Hathaway Collection" (1990)

"All I Want for Christmas is You," Mariah Carey from "Merry Christmas" (1994)

Text Only
Community News Network
Biz Marquee
AP Video
Death Penalty Expert: 'This is a Turning Point' House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Raw: MH17 Victim's Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Raw: UN School Used As Shelter Hit by Tank Shell Raw: Gunmen Attack Iraqi Prison Convoy Plane Leaves Ukraine With More Crash Victims The Rock Brings Star Power to Premiere Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return