Jackson 5 Christmas Album

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Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Studio album by The Jackson 5
Released October 15, 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Christmas music, R&B
Length 34:13
56:15 (2009 Re-release)
Label Motown
MS 713
Producer The Corporation
The Jackson 5 chronology
Third Album
(1970)Third Album1970
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
Maybe Tomorrow
(1971)Maybe Tomorrow1971
Alternative cover
2009 remaster
2009 remaster
Singles from Jackson 5 Christmas Album
  1. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town"
    Released: November 1970
  2. "Give Love On Christmas Day"
    Released: 1986
  3. "Up on the House Top"
    Released: 1987
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[2]

Jackson 5 Christmas Album was the fourth studio album (and only holiday album) by Motown family quintet The Jackson 5, released in October 1970. Included on the Christmas Album is the Jackson 5's hit single version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town". The Jackson 5's versions of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" and "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" remain frequent radio requests during the Christmas season[citation needed]. The album spent all four weeks at the number one position on Billboard magazine's special Christmas Albums chart that the magazine published in December 1970, making it the best-selling Christmas album of that year. It has sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide.[3]

In 2003, Universal Motown re-released the album with "Little Christmas Tree" (from A Motown Christmas).

In 2009, this configuration was released as Ultimate Christmas Collection with Christmas messages, remixes, and a Christmas medley, and again as Merry Christmas Jackson 5.

Jackson 5 in 1970[edit]

The release of Jackson 5 Christmas Album in October 1970 marked the end of a successful year for the band. Three albums were released by the group, with ABC in May and Third Album in September. Motown would have the Jacksons recreate a similar feat the following year, with Maybe Tomorrow hitting record stores in April, the Goin' Back to Indiana soundtrack in September, and a greatest hits collection in December. In addition, Michael Jackson's solo debut single "Got to Be There", also hit the music stands in October, with the complete album of the same name coming out in January 1972.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Felix Bernard, Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin 5:19
2. "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 2:24
3. "The Christmas Song" Robert Wells, Mel Tormé 2:45
4. "Up on the House Top" Traditional; arranged and adapted by The Corporation 3:16
5. "Frosty the Snowman" Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins 2:39
6. "The Little Drummer Boy" K.K. Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone 3:15
7. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Johnny Marks 2:32
8. "Christmas Won't Be the Same This Year" Pam Sawyer, LaVerne Ware 2:31
9. "Give Love on Christmas Day" Berry Gordy, Jr., Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards 2:44
10. "Someday at Christmas" Ron Miller, Bryan Wells 2:44
11. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" Tommie Connor 3:01
2003 remaster
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Little Christmas Tree" Art Wayne, Artie Wayne 3:37
2009 Ultimate Christmas Collection bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Season's Greetings from Michael Jackson"   0:09
13. "Little Christmas Tree" Art Wayne, Artie Wayne 3:37
14. "Season's Greetings from Tito Jackson"   0:06
15. "Up On the Housetop (DJ Spinna Re-Edit)" Traditional 5:00
16. "Season's Greetings from Jackie Jackson"   0:07
17. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Stripped Mix)" Johnny Marks 3:04
18. "Season's Greetings from Jermaine Jackson"   0:07
19. "Someday At Christmas (Stripped Mix)" Ron Miller, Bryan Wells 2:44
20. "Give Love On Christmas Day (Group A Cappella Version)" Berry Gordy, Jr., Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards 3:37
21. "J5 Christmas Medley"   3:51



  • James Anthony Carmichael, Gene Page - arrangements
  • Adam Abrams - production coordinator
  • Harry Weinger - supervisor
  • Vartan - art direction
  • Alana Coghlan, Katherine Marking - design


  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/r9998
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collectors Edition, page 99. American Press.