A week away from Christmas, it is time to really set the mood, and there is no legendary voice better than doing just that than Otis Redding’s. He turns the most family oriented time of the year into a love affair. Bing Crosby’s version of “White Christmas” may be the best selling single of all time (no joke), but if you really want to feel it, then let Otis give it to you. Of the innumerable renditions, this soulful take actually gives a sense of longing. Redding is alone on Christmas day and looking for someone to share it with. His words give “dreaming of a white Christmas” new meaning.
Also, listen to his version of another heavily covered holiday classic, “Merry Christmas, Baby.” Both tracks were released in 1968, a year after Redding’s untimely death.