1."This Christmas," Donny Hathaway. The groovin' soul original we all remember Hathaway by, that every young artist still aims to cover, 40-plus years later.
2. "Santa Baby," Eartha Kitt. Oh, did the woman raise a fuss with this steamy and materialistic come-on!
3. "Baby, It's Cold Outside," Ray Charles and Betty Carter. While written in 1949 by Frank Loesser, this 1961 version was first to chart and remains "the standard." Revealed Brother Ray's lecherous side. Arguably made Carter's career.
4. "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," Gene Autry. Ecumenical fable with a non-sectarian country swing arrangement made this little Jewish cowpoke feel welcome to celebrate that other holiday.