Top 25 Best R&B Christmas Songs, Covers, and Classics

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”

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