So Good playlists: Christmas and New Year’s Editions

Sorry for the lateness and whatnot. I’m sure you were very concerned. But now that it’s no longer particularly timely or relevant, here’s what I played for my Christmas and New Year’s specials.

A Very So Good Christmas
Truth be told, I’ve never much cared for Christmas music. But that’s mostly because I never put any effort into it. I heartily endorse any of the ones below for your festivities next year. Especially the Quad City DJs track, which is actually the greatest. Here’s what you heard.

Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – It’s Christmas Time – Motown Christmas ( Motown )

The Supremes – Just a Lonely Christmas – Motown Christmas ( Motown )
Staple Singers – Who Took the Merry Out of Christmas – ( Stax )
Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa – ( Stax )
Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby – The Original Soul Christmas

Isaac Hayes – The Mistletoe and Me – ( Stax )
Marvin Gaye – I Want to Come Home for Christmas – Motown Christmas ( Motown )
Solomon Burke – Presents for Christmas – The Original Soul Christmas
Jimmy Smith – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen – Christmas ’64

Sinistrio – The Grinch – Modern Xmas ( Chronograph )
Cix Bits – Season’s Greetings – ( Stax )
Redtenbacher’s Funkestra – Deck the Halls – A Very Funky Christmas ( Wooden Hat )
James Brown – Soulful Christmas – Funky Christmas

Darlene Love – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home) – A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Specter ( )
The Emotions – What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas – ( Stax )
Carla Thomas – All I Want For Christmas is You – ( Stax )
Albert King – Santa Claus Wants some Loving – ( Stax )
Free Design – Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas) – Peanut Butter Wolf Presents: Badd Santa ( Stone’s Throw )
Louis Armstrong – ‘Zat You Santa Claus (The Heavy Remix) – Verve Remixed Christmas ( Verve )

The Soul Saints Orchestra – Santa’s Got a Bag of Soul – Peanut Butter Wolf Presents: Badd Santa ( Stone’s Throw )
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra – Little Drummer Boy – A Very Ping Pong Christmas
The Crystals – Santa Claus is Coming to Town – A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spectre
The Jackson 5 – Christmas Won’t Be the Same This Year – Motown Christmas ( Motown )
Joe Tex – I’ll Make Every Day Christmas (For My Woman) – The Original Soul Christmas

Spyder D – Geto Santa – Christmas Rap
Run DMC – Christmas in Hollis – Christmas Rap
Kanye West – Christmas in Harlem

69 Boys & Quad City DJs – What I Want for Christmas – Peanut Butter Wolf Presents: Badd Santa ( Stone’s Throw )
Ludacris – Ludacrismas – Fred Claus Soundtrack
Various** – Carol of the Bells – The Calgary Christmas Groove ( Self-Released )

Nina Simone – Chilly Winds (Fink Remix) – Verve Remixed Christmas ( Verve )
The Ronettes – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Specter

So Good’s Post-New-Year’s Hangover Daze
Since I figured everyone was nursing hangovers, or at least should have been, this was all about keeping things smooth. Ridiculously, cheesily, ear-pleasingly smooth. Don’t worry — I got that all out of my system now.

The Zombies – This Will Be Our Year – Odyssey and Oracle ( )

Al Green – Write You a Letter – I Can’t Stop
The O’Jays – Use Ta Be My Girl – The Sound of Philadelphia
Aloe Blacc – Good Things – Good Things
Francoise Hardy – Le Temps de L’amour – The Yeh-Yeh Girl from Paris

Serge Gainsbourg – Pamela Popo – Vu de l’exterieur
Les Masques & Le Trio Camera – Il Faut Tenir – Sexopolis
Seu Jorge & Almaz – Rock With You – Seu Jorge And Almaz

The RH Factor – How I Know – Hard Groove
Tim Maia – Over Again – World Psychadelic Classics 4: Nobody Can Live Forever ( Luaka Bop )
Sugar Pie Desanto – Slip-In Mules (No High Heel Sneakers)
Wilson Pickett – You Left the Water Running – The Wicked Pickett
Sandra Phillips – I Wish I Had Known – Okeh: A Northern Soul Obsession ( Okeh )

The Crystals – Heartbreaker
Big Julien – Crescendo
Koop – Baby – Waltz for Koop – Alternate Takes
Maylee Todd*  – Summer Sounds
Naytronix – In the Summer – Dirty Glow ( Plug Research )

Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams – Lonerism ( Modular )
Sinewave*  – Star Tripping – Unity Gain
How To Dress Well – Struggle – Total Loss ( Acephale )
Slakah the Beatchild*  – Illusions – Something Forever

Sinistrio**  – Sneak Attack – Ride the Dragon
Ariane Moffat* – Hotel Amour – MA Remixes ( Audiogram )
Rhye – The Fall – The Fall ( Republic )
Pogo – Go Out and Love Someone
Tanlines – Abby – Mixed Emotions

*Canadian  **Local


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