Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Every once in a while I feel the need to go absolutely mainstream on my playlist. In this case, it's because [a] I've known this version since I was a kid, and [b] he and his band just flat-out kill it.
In the long, rich history of rock and roll, there has perhaps been nobody who puts on a better live show than Bruce Springsteen. The raw energy he can still bring to the stage (even at his age) is nothing short of awesome. And I'm not even a fan of his music! But I have the utmost respect for him as both a writer and performer.
Here he takes a classic song, filters it through the collective energies of himself and the E Street Band, and gives it new life. Maybe it's an obvious choice for my playlist, but I feel it's still a good one.