Let’s be honest — just how many versions of Jingle Bells can you stand? Traditional Christmas carols have their place, but blues artists have always known how to put a cool spin on Christmas. Throw one of these albums on for your holiday party to take it to a whole new level.

Charles Brown’s Cool Christmas Blues

Merry Christmas, Baby – you won’t regret spinning this 1994 album during the holidays. Catchy and oh so cool, this is my favorite blues album for the holidays. The others are such close runners-up that’s hardly saying anything.

The Best of B.B. King: Christmas Collection

B.B.’s Christmas collection is produced by 20th Century Masters, which doesn’t always get things right, but this is an exception. Includes Back Door Santa, Auld Lang Syne, Please Come Home for Christmas and more.

The Alligator Records Christmas Collection

Merry, Merry Christmas by Koko Taylor and I’m Your Santa by Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials are the tip of the 14 track iceberg. If you want something out of the ordinary, this is it. When was the last time you heard One Parent Christmas by Saffire -The Uppity Blues Women?

Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics

If you want a wide selection of blues artists, and what Amazon describes as “one of the hippest collections of rhythm & blues Christmas music ever assembled,” this is the album for you. John Lee Hooker, Louis Jordan, Lightnin’ Hopkins and many more of the best in blues offer 18 unrivaled tracks. I love this one.

Canned Heat Christmas Album

No one does the Christmas Boogie like Canned Heat. This album came out in 2007 and includes I Won’t Be Home For Christmas and — count ’em — two versions of Christmas Blues. This is a rockin’ blues holiday album, perfect for parties.


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