Christmas is the time of the year where family, friends, and other loved ones come together to celebrate. And what could be the best way to add to the festivities but to play tunes that will warm the heart. Soulful and relaxing music is the expertise of the talented black artist.
Through the years, there have been a lot of Black Christmas songs that made the holidays more meaningful. These melodies, whenever played out loud, will make everyone in the room get into the mood. Also, most of these tunes are critically acclaimed and certified chart-topping hits.
Christmas songs by black artists have a ton of variety that can fit any type of mood and theme. The range includes themes like sentimental, romantic, upbeat, and fun. The level of vocal prowess and musicality in each melody is impeccable that it has been a constant favorite.
Regardless of age, gender, and race, these tunes always manage to capture the magic of the season. It greatly contributes to the vibrancy which the day represents. This article has compiled the best 30 songs by black artists that are often included in every Christmas playlist. Check out the list below and pick what you fancy to put in your holiday preparations.
1. The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole
The multitalented Nat King Cole has left a legacy with this popular number. His soothing voice in tune accurately describes the surroundings during Christmas. It also gives a picture of what are the things people prepare during the occasion.
Holiday staples like chestnuts, carols, presents, season greetings, and warm clothes are wittingly included in the lyrics. And the most touching of all, the declaration that Christmas should be enjoyed by everyone no matter how old you are.
2. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by The Jackson 5
This song by the iconic group of brothers The Jackson 5 is a whimsical Christmas favorite. The tune depicts the excitement of a child during the holiday season. And, of course, every kid is curious to see the elusive Santa Claus.
In a surprising twist, the young boy did see the Christmas hero and his mother kissing. Was that his Dad in a Santa costume? It is up for debate, so what do you think?
3. Let It Snow by Boyz II Men
The arrival of winter, where the Christmas season falls, is often associated with snow. It is the main symbol of Boyz II Men in their beautiful holiday tune. The melody is about keeping warm during the cold weather with your lover.
The song gives a picture of how a couple spends their time together cuddling near a fireplace. It may be freezing outside, but it does not matter as long as you are securely inside your home and in the embrace of a loved one.
4. Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt
Asking for presents from Santa is something not limited only to kids. Even grown-ups can ask for it too. It is the message of this playful and sultry melody by Eartha Kitt. Compared to most Christmas tunes, this number is quite seductive and mature in a very good way.
The songs contain gift ideas of what ladies would love to receive during the holidays. The mentioned items are expensive to a degree, but a girl can always dream, right?
5. Merry Christmas, Baby by Otis Redding
This rhythm and blues songs talk about a man looking forward to spending the holidays with his lover. The narrator in the song enumerates his expectations on how they will celebrate together and what he wants to receive.
But to put it simply, his wish is not complicated. All he wants is that his partner treats him nicely on Christmas day. In the song, the protagonist is also not shy in expressing his love.
6. Someday At Christmas by Stevie Wonder
Christmas is a joyous occasion. But in certain parts of the world, it could not be the case. Even if this holiday is celebrated, conflicts, wars, and problems like hunger will not automatically cease.
This reality is enumerated in tune sung by the legendary Stevie Wonder. Despite the sad reality, the melody offers hope even if things are difficult right now. The main wish of the song is that the day comes that everyone can enjoy the spirit of Christmas.
7. I Want To Come Home For Christmas by Marvin Gaye
Every person has that strong desire to spend the holidays with family in the comfort of their own home. This sentiment is depicted in a Christmas song by Marvin Gaye. The scenario of this tune is about a man, a prisoner of war, thinking inside his jail cell.
His longing to join the seasonal festivities is strong. But, due to his imprisonment, he cannot do so. While trying to console himself, the protagonist resolved into recalling Christmas traditions and good memories.
8. Every Year, Every Christmas by Luther Vandross
There will be instances that will be lost, and separation is inevitable. However, due to the strong attachment to it, one would try to relive it. The actions can vary from going back to places or doing the same things when that love was still flourishing.
It is the message the holiday tune of Luther Vandross expresses effectively. The sentimental song was written by collaborating with another talented artist Richard Marx. The combination of these two great musical minds resulted in this wonderful tune.
9. This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
The holidays are full of pleasant goodwill in the air. People greet, smile, and shake hands with each other. There are a lot of presents and beautiful decorations that captivate the eyes.
It is the scenario that is depicted in the song by Donny Hathaway. It is a tune that wonderfully shows the lovely atmosphere of Christmas celebrations.
10. Christmas in Hollis by Run-D.M.C.
On every special occasion, it is great to share a good story or two. This upbeat rap song by Run-D.M.C. tells a whimsical tale of a person who picked up a wallet full of money. Inspecting the identification card inside, the owner was discovered to be Santa Claus.
The protagonist conflicted since he did not want to steal Santa’s money. It turns out the sum is an intended gift for him. So Santa does not only give toys but cash too. If that is the case, adults should be on the nice list too.
11. Silent Night by The Temptations
The Temptations are known to be one of the finest vocal groups in history. Their interpretation of Silent Night is considered one of the best created. The group infused it with some lines from the popular Christmas poem: A Visit from St. Nicholas at the opening part.
The combination of a classic song, modern melody, and significant inserts made this number a tune to remember. The vocal prowess displayed in this piece is also very praiseworthy.
12. My Gift To You by Alexander O’Neal
The song opens with very festive sounds that give away the Christmas theme of this tune. The song is about giving a one-of-a-kind present that can only come from one specific person. The gift is beyond what money can buy.
It is the love and devotion of a significant other. The message of the melody is sincere, sweet, and thoughtful. It is a fitting number to be played at a romantic dinner during the holidays.
13. 8 Days Of Christmas by Destiny’s Child
This tune is most likely a modern take of the classic song: 12 Days of Christmas. But this time, instead of twelve, Destiny’s Child reduced it to eight. The lyrics state luxurious and extravagant gifts that are every woman’s dream to receive. However, all those expensive presents do not match the final gift on the list, Quality Time. The best things to receive are priceless and irreplaceable.
14. Frosty The Snowman by Ella Fitzgerald
Frosty the Snowman is a fictional tale of a snowman coming to life and effectively communicating with people. The lovely voice of Ella Fitzgerald even brought more vibrance to this classic story by interpreting it through song. The adventures of Frosty have touched numerous hearts, just like the soulful siren’s voice featured in this melody. It is a good pick for holiday parties for kids.
17. Give Love On Christmas Day by The Jackson 5
The main question during the holidays is what is the best gift to give. The Jackson 5 has their suggestion to which everyone will agree, “Give Love On Christmas Day.” This slow song is full of sincerity. Sometimes the best gifts received are not brought from the store. It reminds everyone that no matter who, love is a present that is always well appreciated.
16. Jesus Is The Reason For The Season by Kirk Franklin & The Family
From a religious point of view, it is said that there is a reason for the Christmas season. The holiday is rooted in the belief that Jesus, the Savior of the world from sin, was born on this day.
It is the message of this elaborate choir-themed number. That on this fateful day, do not be blinded by the material aspects of the celebration. But reflect on the spiritual impact it has on your life because Christmas holds a larger meaning than what you imagined.
17. O Holy Night by Mahalia Jackson
The story of the first Christmas is during the night when the Messiah was born. As the event unfolded, not only the Earth but also the heavens rejoiced. It is the message conveyed in this timeless melody. The full and lovely voice of Mahalia Jackson adds depth to the whole concept.
Her voice while singing is full of soul. The tune can stir the hearts of its listeners with ease. She is a Black artist that is the epitome of what a divine melody should sound like.
18. All I Want For Christmas by Mariah Carey
During the holidays, your mind is flooded with tons of things that you would want to give. However, you must be sensitive about picking the appropriate gifts for all the people you know. In this rendition by Mariah Carey, the beautiful diva reminds all that sometimes the best we can give is ourselves.
We can get caught up searching in shops, online stores, and other places but miss the point of the whole ordeal. Often the best gifts are not through physical purchase but by emotional connection. Kudos to Mariah for reminding everyone that by recording this chart-topping tune.
19. My Favorite Things by The Supremes
A cheery holiday musical introduction and soulful voices, this track has all the elements to make it exquisite. The rhythmic sound of The Supremes is times and unequaled. The lyrics did not directly mention Christmas.
However, some descriptions like the brown bag with ribbons and the mention of snow make it obvious. The melody also has the element of positivity in it. As the song goes, if something unpleasant happens, think of your favorite things, and you will feel much better.
20. Sleigh Ride by TLC
Here is another talented trio on the list. The all-girl group TLC whenever they come up with tunes, the ladies always show a lot of youthful vibrance. This holiday upbeat-themed number is another proof of that.
Here the girls reveal what they would want for Christmas. Then the song escalates to the description of the activities conducted during the festivities. It is like the artist is leading the listeners on how to celebrate the occasion. They even threw in another greeting for the New Year. It is such a sweet gesture, don’t you think?
21. Do You Hear What I Hear by Whitney Houston
Who can forget one of the loveliest and powerful voices to be heard on record? Whitney Houston featured this melody in the movie: Waiting to Exhale. The song showcases the vocal versatility of Whitney that is unparalleled.
It is a mix of sultry, strong vibrato, and full of emotion. Anyone who can hear this tune will surely get into the holiday spirit. It is a likable song to add to your musical playlist when having a Christmas party with family and friends.
22. This Christmas by Chris Brown
The voice of Chris Brown in this song number is soothing and can be considered sound therapy. The melody talks about the attractive decorations that are on display during the holidays. The highlight is the lights that illuminate homes and buildings everywhere.
He also made mention of warm fireplaces, presents, greeting cards, and Christmas carols that never grow old. It is a melody that shows no matter how old you get, the excitement to celebrate the holidays is always there.
23. Christmas in Harlem by Kanye West
This star-studded holiday song led by Kanye West is something that will put the groove into the holidays. The beat will capture your attention and makes your body move immediately. The lyrics describe well how Christmas is celebrated in Harlem. It is simple, pleasant, and enjoyed with the family. The combination of all the talented voices brings a strong sense of unity. As if they did all gather to celebrate the occasion altogether.
24. Winter Paradise by Destiny’s Child
Celebrating Christmas is always a pleasant experience. It is the scenario being described by Destiny’s Child with this holiday number. It talks about appreciating presents, drinking Egg nog, amazing lights, mistletoes, and the birth of Christ. It is a soulful and rhythmic number that can brighten up your day once played.
25. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Lou Rawl
During Christmas, family and friends greet each other sincerely. If you are too shy and cannot express your feelings, let this song by Lou Rawl do the talking for you. The message of the whole song is heartfelt season’s greetings to the people close your heart. Thank goodness this melody exists to help convey what is deep inside you.
26. White Christmas by Babyface
This version by Babyface has an impressive jazz inspiration that made this song once fresher. The soulful and soothing voice of Babyface brings magic and a different flavor to this classic 1950s number. It talks about how Christmas is celebrated the old fashion way. But to make things clear, no matter what era, this holiday will always be anticipated and be considered a favorite.
27. The Christmas Song by Toni Braxton
Here is another version of the Christmas song interpreted no less than the talented Toni Braxton. The tune is accompanied by lovely piano work.
The soulful voice of the singer brings a different but attractive vibe to this well-loved song. It is a melody you would want to play while comfortably seated by a warm fireplace. Either with someone or just doing self-reflection.
28. Christmas Time Is Here by Brian McKnight
Brian McKnight is a powerful and soulful artist that puts his heart into every performance. This holiday number is another proof of that. The vocals and arrangement of this tune are so good it can stir emotions upon hearing it.
It describes the lovely scenes that are present on Christmas day. Reading the lyrics only, it appears to be plain. But when Brian sings it, the dimension surely changes to a powerful one.
29. Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto by James Brown
This funky holiday-themed song shows that Christmas is celebrated everywhere by everyone. The melody narrates a story about Santa Claus visiting the Ghetto. He gives joy to the children by distributing presents. The surprise in the narrative is that Santa visited because James Brown asked him to. There should be more James in the world. Who is willing to collaborate with Santa and make kids happy.
Congratulations, you have reached the end of the list. The Black Christmas songs journey has been interesting, right? As you have noticed, numerous genres cover the holiday theme.
You are bound to at least find one which would fit the event concept in your mind. We wish you the best in your music picking, and hopefully, this write-up helped with your holiday preparations.