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Christmas Music Playlists with Jackson 5 Songs
The Jackson 5 Prove That Christmas Is A Family Affair
Factfile - Jackson 5
- The Jackson 5 recorded Jackson 5 Christmas Album in October 1970 and subsequently releasing the singles Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (in the US) and I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (in Australia).
- The Jackson 5 Christmas Album has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide and was best-selling Christmas album of the seventies in the US.
The Jackson 5 may have had a career together that stretched as far as 1990 but it was their 6 years at Motown that cast their legend. It was also during this time that they recorded the ‘Jackson 5 Christmas Album’ which came out in 1970, incredibly making it the Jackson 5’s third album release that year. There were plenty of reasons why the Jackson brothers were onto a winner with a Christmas album, their talent, their sense of adventure in making Christmas standards their own and the fact that in Michael they had a lead singer who was still a boy himself and in awe of the season. The most famous cut from the album is undeniably ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus’ but it is not necessarily the best tune because there’s hardly a bum note over its 11 tracks (a 2003 reissue righted the obvious wrong by tacking ‘Little Christmas Tree’ (as song solo by Michael) on at the end making the magic 12 count).
The album starts in a surprisingly reflective mood on ‘Have Yourself A Merry Christmas’ with each Jackson adding to the slew of background coos. ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ soon breaks the quiet however with Michael giving it Christmas socks as he prepares for the arrival of the man in the red suit. A cover of ‘The Christmas Song’ is a joy, with sparkling production and buckets of vocal harmonies which marks it out as one of the best interpretations since Nat King Cole’s original. Amongst the covers are a pair of originals with ‘Someday At Christmas’ stealing the laurels. It might not sound completely Christmassy which means this song sounds just great at any time of the year. ‘Give Love On Christmas Day’ is the Jackson 5 in slow-mo which means that spirited tracks like ‘Frosty The Snowman’ and ‘Up On House Top’ sound altogether primed for your big Christmas party.
The ‘Jackson 5 Christmas Album’ was the only Christmas album the brothers released but it is to their credit that they made every one of the songs has that Jackson 5 feeling. To date the album has sold almost 4 million copies and several of its tracks are habitual entries on the best Christmas compilations.
My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas, there were no birthdays, it was not a normal childhood, nor the normal pleasures of childhood...
Michael Jackson, 1993
Jackson 5 Christmas Album & Single Covers