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December 19, 2012

Slate's definitive Christmas playlist

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And Lou Rawls does "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" better than anyone else we've ever heard. Says Slate senior editor Dan Kois, "The song, as written, is a humorless tract about behaving at Christmastime. Sure, that's a worthy message, as any parent would agree — but Rawls' version is funky and funny in just the right balance, transforming the song's threat into a joyful promise."

For our complete list of definitive Christmas song covers, see our Spotify playlist below.

"White Christmas," Bing Crosby from "White Christmas" (1995)

"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Judy Garland from "Meet Me in St. Louis" (1995)

"The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole from "The Christmas Song" (2009)

"I'll be Home for Christmas," Michael Bublé from "Christmas" (2011)

"Baby It's Cold Outside," Johnny Mercer and Margaret Whiting from "Johnny Mercer: Collector's Series" (1989)

"Up On the Housetop," The Jackson 5 from "Ultimate Christmas Collection" (2009)

"Winter Wonderland," Peggy Lee from "Ultra-Lounge: Christmas Cocktails, Part One" (1996)

"I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," The Ronettes from "A Christmas Gift to You from Phil Spector" (2009)

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town," Lou Rawls from "Merry Christmas, Baby" (2006)

"Merry Christmas, Baby," Otis Redding from "Merry Christmas Baby / White Christmas" (1968)

"Blue Christmas," Elvis Presley from "Elvis' Christmas Album" (1985)

"Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt from "The Very Best of Eartha Kitt" (2007)

"Sleigh Ride," Ella Fitzgerald from "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas" (2002)

"This Christmas," Donny Hathaway from "A Donny Hathaway Collection" (1990)

"All I Want for Christmas is You," Mariah Carey from "Merry Christmas" (1994)

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