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Christmas pop music gets stale real quick. There are only so many versions of "Jingle Bells" you can listen to before your holiday cheer goes from the North Pole to the South.

The solution? Switch up your Christmas playlists with these old-school soulful songs instead.


1. Merry Christmas Baby: Otis Redding, December 1967

Merry Christmas Baby is an R&B Christmas love song originally recorded by Johnny Moore's Three Trailblazers in 1947. Covered by many of the greats, Otis Redding released his classic version on December 31, 1967.     

2. What Christmas Means To Me: Stevie Wonder, November 1967

What Christmas Means To Me is a holiday standard that is still being covered and released today by various artists. Stevie Wonder’s version was released on his timeless holiday album Someday At Christmas on November 27, 1967.

3. The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole, November 1946

The Christmas Song is one of the most definitive and recognized feel-good songs among holiday music. The Nat King Cole Trio recorded the song four different times, last in 1961. The song was originally released in November 1946.

4. Give Love On Christmas Day: Jackson 5, October 1970

Give Love On Christmas Day is a holiday song about love and kindness. The song was released on the seasonal album The Jackson 5 Christmas Album in 1970 to rave reviews.

5. This Christmas: Donny Hathaway, November 1970

This Christmas is a classic holiday song that celebrates the excitement and anticipation of Christmas. Originally released on November 1970, the song has gone on to be the 30th most performed holiday song of all time.

Got any other favorite Christmas hits that are off the beaten path?