When you think about Christmas songs, you think of huddling around the fireplace with family, singing holiday cheers, standing under the mistletoe, or any other good feeling attached to Christmas.

Secular Christmas songs began its rise in popularity in the mid-1900s. Songs like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Sleigh Ride” and countless others stayed prominent on the Top 25 most-performed “holiday” songs list. Year after year, veteran, and new artists cover or re-imagine these classics.

According to Wesley Theological Seminary professor Eileen Guenther, Christmas songs “embody the meaning of Christmas.”

Some of our favorite R&B artists have covered or sang classic Christmas songs, and although there may be too many to count, we’ve chosen some of the all-time best renditions for our list.

To celebrate the 2016 Christmas season, Singersroom has compiled a playlist of our TTop 25 Best R&B Christmas Songs, Covers, and Classics of all time.

As you bake, decorate, wrap presents or hang we loved ones, leave these classics playing in the background. You could even have some fun together singing karaoke!

Hit the images below to scroll through our list, and feel free to leave any comments or feedback.

Happy listen!

Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song
Cole’s version of “The Christmas Song” was the first holiday standard ever introduced by an African-American. It opened the door for Lou Rawls, Ray Charles and many others to record their own takes on yuletide classics.

Stevie Wonder, Andra Day – Someday At Christmas

Donny Hathaway – This Christmas

Alicia Keys – Little Drummer Girl

Temptations – Silent Night

Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You

Boyz II Men- Let It Snow

Otis Redding – Merry Christmas Baby

K-Ci & JoJo – In Love At Christmas

Jackson 5 -Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town

Chris Brown – This Christmas

Ne-Yo – I Want To Come Home for Christmas

Monica – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

R. Kelly – Christmas I’ll Be Steppin’

TLC – Sleigh Ride

Sounds Of Blackness – Soul Holidays

Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas

Johnny Gill – Give Love On Christmas Day

Musiq Soulchild – O’ Christmas Tree

Brian McKnight – The Christmas Song

Babyface – White Christmas

Ledisi – Be There for Christmas / Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Day26 – This Christmas

Jackson 5 – Give Love on Christmas Day

Faith Evans – O Come All Ye Faithful

Joy To The World – Whitney Houston,”The Preacher’s Wife”