To Stream: Motown and Soul for Your Holiday Party


Go ahead and give the jingle bells and Chipmunks a night off.

While we love holiday tunes as much as the next person, by this point in the season, musical fatigue is a very real thing. Feeling the same? We have the antidote in the form of soulful vibes and Motown classics. Here’s a mix of 31 deep cuts, some lost classics and a few familiar tracks that make up the perfect unexpected soundtrack for any sort of seasonal get-together.

1. “Get It Right,” The Soul President

2. “Crooked Woman,” Edd Henry

3. “Wild Wild Young Men,” Ruth Brown

4. “Who’s Lovin’ You,” The Jackson 5

5. “The Man Puts Sugar in My Soul,” Mae Young

6. “Billie’s Blues,” Billie Holiday

7. “There’s a Light,” Shirley Ann Lee

8. “You Beat Me to the Punch,” Mary Wells

9. “Number One,” Bill Moss

10. “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke

11. “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” James Brown

12. “Down in the Country,” Tee Fletcher

13. “How Long,” Charles Bradley

14. “I Got a Feeling,” Etta Jones

15. “What’d I Say,” Ray Charles

16. “I Was Made to Love Her,” Theron and Darrell

17. “Am I a Good Man,” Them Two

18. “Soul Man,” Sam & Dave

19. “A Woman Will Do Wrong,” Helene Smith

20. “Two-Way-Poc-A-Way,” The Dixie Cups

21. “A Sunday Kind of Love,” Etta James

22. “Land of 1000 Dances,” Wilson Pickett

23. “Big Chief,” Professor Longhair

24. “Come See About Me,” The Supremes

25. “Gossip Gossip,” Diamond Joe

26. “Shake,” Otis Redding

27. “Let’s Talk It Over,” Lee Fields

28. “Hip City,” Jr. Walker & The All Stars

29. “Going To a Go-Go,” Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

30. “Didn’t I,” Darondo

31. “You Can’t Blame Me,” Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr

Stream the playlist here. And while we’re on the subject of holiday RSVPs, shop our newest arrivals here.


Photography by Thomas Neal.