Christmas In Motown

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Merry Christmas Baby (Otis Redding)
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Someday At Christmas (Jackson 5)
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What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas? (The Emotions)
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (The Ronettes)
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White Christmas (The Temptations)
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What Christmas Means To Me (Stevie Wonder)
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The Christmas Song (Marvin Gaye)
I'll Be Home For Christmas (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles)
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Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love) (The O'jays)
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Four Tops)
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The First Noel (Lionel Richie)
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Love For Christmas (The Gems)
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Feels Like Christmas (Al Green)
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Grown-Up Christmas List (Aretha Franklin)
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (The Supremes)
We Wish You A Merry Christmas (The Drifters)
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I Wanna Be Wrapped In Your Arms This Christmas (The Stylistics)
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Motown spoilt us with riches at the best of times but at Christmas there was something even more magical in the air. So you could safely confine your Christmas listening to Motown artists and the season would not be in the least diminished, if anything it could be the best Christmas ever. This Motown Christmas playlist is awash with great songs from legendary artists such as Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops and Al Green with each displaying the pizazz and groove that one would expect from this famous label.

In truth with such strong fare throughout it is hard to cherry-pick individual highlights but there are genuine classic cuts that deserve an airing every December. Chief among them is the Jackson 5's 'Someday At Christmas' with little Michael sounding angelic throughout the Stevie Wonder penned delight. The Ronettes 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' is equally spell-binding, as is much of the material from the album it is taken from Phil Spector's 'A Christmas Gift For You'. With Spector's wall-of-noise in full flow this is both a charming children's tale and a historical document for audiophiles in awe of the producer's innovative studio techniques.  

It has always surprised us how much Smokey Robinson's Christmas output has been somewhat sidelined because the quality of the goods are so high. Take a listen to him and his miracles on 'I'll Be Home For Christmas' and just admit that you'll be adding it to your annual festive playlist in double quick time. You'll probably do the same with the O'jays perfect sense of heartrending yuletide called 'Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love)'.

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