December 23, 2013 12:00 PM

CHUCK’S PLAYLIST

THE CHRISTMAS MIX!

1. JACKSON 5

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

The exuberance of a young Michael, bursting with soulful spirit anew on Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas Album, captures the joy of every child awaiting Saint Nick.

2. STEVIE WONDER

“Someday at Christmas”

While still just a teen, this other Motown legend sang about his visions for a Christmas time when “men won’t be boys playing with bombs like kids play with toys.”

3. WHAM!

“Last Christmas”

I gave this snowflake-dusted darling my heart a long time ago. Nearly 30 years after George Michael wrote it, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

4. MARIAH CAREY

“All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Another original Christmas song—cowritten by a young MC ca. 1994 – that has become a holiday classic. It’s enough to make you forget that whole American Idol thing.

5. ARIANA GRANDE

“Love Is Everything”

This young Carey clone continues to impress, gliding from cooing to belting on this sleigh ride.

6. TAMAR BRAXTON

“She Can Have You”

Forget the mistletoe – there’s no smooching involved with this Christmas kiss – off from Winter Loversland.

7. TONI BRAXTON & BABYFACE

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

Tamar’s older sister is in a merrier mood on this new, fireplace-ready rendition with old partner Babyface.

8. CEELO GREEN

“You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”

On a highlight of CeeLo’s Magic Moment – one of the best Xmas albums in recent years – Green works his quirky charms with the a cappella group Straight No Chaser.

9. PRINCE

“Another Lonely Christmas”

This yuletide heartbreaker is about a love who dies on Christmas Day, leaving poor Prince all lonesome each Dec. 25. You’ll cry purple tears.

10. DAVID BOWIE & BING CROSBY

“Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”

Recorded for Crosby’s 1977 Christmas TV special, this is the kind of miracle that really makes you believe in the season.

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