This playlist from Cambridge’s premiere dance party will sprinkle a little soul on your holiday

One of Soulelujah’s resident DJs left some funk under the tree.

Weekly dance night Soulelujah has been melting the tender hearts of Cambridge since 2003, spinning the finest rare funk and soul vinyl from the golden age of 45s. Every Saturday night, a rotating cast of DJs helms the wheels of steel at ZuZu and the adjacent Middle East Upstairs, creating a throwback soundtrack that fuels the night.

While Soulelujah operates year-round, what better time to add a little soul to your life than around the holidays? consulted one of Soulelujah’s six current resident DJs, Sean Quinn, aka Claude Money, to curate a pleasantly warm mix of holiday funk that will surely have you shaking out of your Christmas stockings.


“The biggest response we usually get to this stuff is something along the lines of ‘I hate Christmas music but this is great!’’’ Money said. “My guess is that folks have only been exposed to the low hanging fruit. There are a ton of great Christmas albums out there that may not fit into commercial radio, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t deserve your attention. Just like your Momma’s cooking, the best stuff is made with that secret ingredient, love.’’

Dusting off deep cut 45s from labels like Atlantic, Motown, Chess, and Tamla, Soulelujah’s yuletide playlist will add a little “ughh’’ to your family gathering and will ensure plenty of movement at your holiday party.

Without further ado, here’s a little something to leave under the tree, courtesy of Soulelujah.

Complete track list:

1. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “8 Days of Hanukkah’’

2. Donny Hathaway – “This Christmas’’

3. Marvin Gaye – “Purple Snowflakes’’

4. The Staple Singers – “Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas?’’

5. The Temptations – “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

6. Baby Washington – “White Christmas’’

7. The Harlem Children’s Chorus – “Black Christmas’’

8. Booker T & The MG’s – “Winter Wonderland’’

9. Honey and the Bees – “Jing Jing A Ling’’

10. Solomon Burke – “Presents For Christmas’’


11. Clarence Carter – “Backdoor Santa’’

12. Otis Redding – “Merry Christmas Baby’’

13. Carla Thomas – “Gee Whiz It’s Christmas’’

14. Lee Rodgers – “You Won’t Have To Wait Till Xmas’’

15. Little Johnny Taylor – “Please Come Home for Christmas’’

16. Count Sidney and His Dukes – “Soul Christmas’’

17. Pearl Bailey – “Jingle Bells Cha Cha Cha’’

18. Amos Milburn – “Christmas Comes But Once A Year’’

19. Rotary Connection – “Silent Night Chant’’

20. Stevie Wonder – “What Christmas Means To Me’’

21. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Ain’t No Chimneys In the Projects’’

22. James Brown – “Soulful Christmas’’

23. The Soul Saint’s Orchestra – “Santa’s Got A Bag Of Soul’’

24. The Jackson 5 – “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’’

25. Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva – “The Christmas Song’’

26. The Chambers Brothers – “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’’

27. The Black On White Affair – “Auld Lang Syne’’

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