Sunday, December 12, 2010

15 Funkiest Christmas Songs


My sister recently suggested that I make up a list of the funkiest Christmas jams for my blog in recognition of the yuletide season, and I thought that was a really cool idea. So I began putting together a list of my favorite funky Christmas songs. It wasn't quite as easy as I initially thought, as there are a lot of great funky Christmas tracks out there from which to choose. I was originally just going to make it the top 10 funkiest Christmas jams but kept finding more great tracks. So here's the list of my 15 funkiest Xmas jams:

1) Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto - James Brown
On this track, James showed that his funk is perennial, great for any season. The groove sounds like a funky Santa Claus rollin' through the hood in a tricked-out sleigh. Also, the song has a great message. Disadvantaged kids in poor neighborhoods should not be forgotten when Christmastime rolls around. The subject of the song is one that is close to James' heart, as revealed in the following lyrics: "You know that I know that you will see. 'Cause that was once me."

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon


2) Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Jackson 5
The J5 bring youthful exuberance and excitement to their soulful, high-energy rendition of the Christmas classic.

Check it out here
Download at Amazon


3) Christmas in Hollis - Run-D.M.C.
The legendary rap trio from Hollis, Queens bring some hip hop flavor to the Christmas holidays as they trade rhymes on this infectiously funky track. The rap group sample the opening riff from Clarence Carter's "Back Door Santa" to great effect here.

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon


4) Soulful Christmas - James Brown
The Godfather returns to the list with another funky Christmas jam. It's from his album James Brown's Funky Christmas, the same album in which "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" is on.

Check it out here.
Download at Amazon


5) Santa's Got a Bag of Soul - The Soul Saints Orchestra
The Soul Saints Orchestra gives a nod to the yuletide season with some raw, uncut old-school funk.

Listen it here.
Download at Amazon

6) Funky Christmas Song Ho Ho Ho- The Perry Brothers featuring Dirty Jenny on guitar
I recently came across this very funky Christmas cut on youtube by the comedy duo The Perry Brothers. The song features some tasty licks from guitarist Dirty Jenny.

Check it out here.

7) Happy Holidaze - Bootsy Collins featuring Snoop Dogg
Bootsy and Snoop team up on this stupidly funky Xmas track.

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon

8) Christmas Rappin' - Kurtis Blow
Rap pioneer Kurtis Blow celebrates the holidays with this great rap/dance track.

Check it out here.
Download at Amazon

9) Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Temptations
The Tempts bring a little smooth Motown soul to this Christmas classic.

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon

10) Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses
I always look forward to hearing this song on the radio around the Christmas holiday. The song is a blast and has a cool, energetic bass line.

Check it out here.
Download at Amazon

11) Get Down Santa - The Jive Turkeys
Badass instrumental ode to Saint Nick.

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon

12) Merry Christmas Baby - Stevie Wonder and Wyclef Jean
Stevie and Wyclef do it up big on this funkalicious reworking of the old classic.

Check it out here.

13) Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry
Okay, this is actually vintage Rock & Roll rather than funk or soul, but it's such a great song that I just couldn't leave it off the list. Plus, it's Chuck Berry.

Listen to it here.
Download at Amazon

14) White Christmas- Otis Redding
Otis delivers an incredibly soulful interpretation of Irving Berlin's Christmas classic.

Check it out here.
Download at Amazon

15) Funky Christmas - Groove Thangs

Groove Thangs close out the list with some James Brown-style old-school funk for the holidays.

Listen to it here.

*edit: bonus song* I just recently came across this really funky Christmas track by Rufus Thomas, which would have definitely made my list had I known about it when I was putting it together. It's called "I'll be your Santa, Baby."

Check it out here
Download at Amazon

2 comments:

The Perry Brothers said...

Yo yo yo and ho ho ho. It's the Perry Brothers knockin'. Thrilled we made your list. Also wanted to pass on this year's funk Xmas Jam. Get Up, feel like being a XMAS-CHINE. Think you'll dig. Dirty Jenny puts her guitar stank on this one too. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJLaVd3H4zU

-SAP & Ponce

Ken said...

Just checked it out. Very funky, and Dirty Jenny's killin' it on the guitar again. Thanks a lot for sharing. Happy New Year, and I look forward to hearing more great funk jams from you guys.