Fruition multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Mimi Naja has curated a Spotify playlist of some of her favorite alternative Christmas songs and uncommon renditions of Holiday classics that you likely won’t hear on your local Holiday station. So stoke the fire, spike the eggnog, and let’s dance.

Naja’s curated playlist features 21 often-overlooked holiday tunes from artists including Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsStevie WonderIke & Tina TurnerJoni Mitchell, Chuck Berry, and more. The playlist comes as Naja’s answer to all of the overplayed Christmas songs that tend to turn a lot of people off of holiday music after hearing the same songs on the radio, in the grocery store, and at office parties all month long.

“Sometimes I like to get sentimental with the sappy holiday/religious songs, say, if I’m singing along with my mom,” Naja tells Live For Live Music. “On the other hand, I’d prefer to get funky and soulful with it with this collection of mostly secular tunes. Mom will still get down.”

Listen to Mimi Naja’s “L4LM Xmas” playlist and check out a full tracklisting below:

Mimi Naja – L4LM Xmas Playlist

Mimi Naja’s Christmas Playlist

  1. “God Rest Ye Merry Gents” – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  2. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – Bahamas
  3. “All The Gifts I Need” – JD McPherson
  4. “Winter Wonderland” – Ramsey Lewis Trio
  5. “Here Comes Santa Claus” – Ramsey Lewis Trio
  6. “Angels We Have Heard On High” – Erica Falls
  7. “What Christmas Means To Me” – Stevie Wonder
  8. “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday” – William Bell
  9. “Just Another Christmas Song (This Time I’ll Sing Along) – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  10. “Merry Christmas Baby” – Ike & Tina Turner
  11. “River” – Joni Mitchel
  12. “Santa Comes To Atlanta” – Shinyribs
  13. “Funky Little Drummer Boy” – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  14. “Hey! Merry Christmas!” – The Mavericks
  15. “Run Rudolph Run” – Chuck Berry
  16. “Linus & Lucy” – Anderson .Paak
  17. “Christmas in L.A.” – Vulfpeck
  18. “Get Down Santa” – The Jive Turkeys
  19. “Stone Soul Christmas” – Binky Griptite
  20. “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” – Chet Atkins
  21. “May Ev’ry Day Be Christmas” – Irma ThomasPreservation Hall Jazz Band
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[Originally published December 2019]