It’s the Yuletide once again and we guess now is the perfect time to enjoy the holidays with the greatest Christmas songs by Black musicians, so deck the halls with festive cheer and soulful sounds.
Thanks to these strong vocals and catchy beats, you’ll be spreading Christmas cheer and swaying under the mistletoe like it’s no big deal. So grab a glass of eggnog and go jammin’!
Here is a list of some of the best Christmas songs ever done by American artists of African descent.
1. Ella Fitzgerald – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
The 1960 song remains a staple of holiday playlists. It speaks to listeners of all ages with a consoling message of hope and perseverance in the face of life’s obstacles.
2. Stevie Wonder – What Christmas Means to Me
The 1967 song is a cherished Christmas classic because of its enduring message and upbeat vibe. The song is a favourite for holiday playlists and performances because of its straightforward but impactful lyrics, which appeal to listeners of all ages and socioeconomic levels.
3. Aretha Franklin – This Christmas
Aretha Franklin’s most well-known Christmas song is probably this 1971 track. Her powerful vocals and lovely lyrics combine to create a soulful song that perfectly conveys the warmth and hope of the holiday season.
4. The Temptations – Silent Night
This is one of the many Christmas carols which was remade. It is notable for its poignant rendition of the beloved carol, demonstrating the group’s adaptability and capacity to blend customary holiday fare with their own sound. It was released in 1980.
5. Prince – Another Lonely Christmas
This one from Prince goes off the usual track of happiness in the Yuletide. Its gloomy and heartbreaking lyrics cater to anyone lonely or heartbroken during the holidays. It was released in 1984.
6. The Jackson 5 – Little Drummer Boy:
This 1971 release is a soulful rendition of the classic carol and a timeless gem. Michael Jackson’s youthful vocals and the Jackson 5’s signature harmonies, adding a touch of magic.
7. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You
8. Boyz II Men & Brian McKnight – Let It Snow
Two R&B giants joined forces to create this smooth, sensual rendition of a holiday favorite. Released in 1996, its rich harmonies and romantic vibes will have you dreaming of cozy nights.
9. Snopp Dogg – Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
Titled after James Brown’s Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto from the 1968 album, A Soulful Christmas, Snoop’s song is one of the tracks on Death Row’s 1996 Christmas compilation and has been well-received since then.
10. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days of Christmas
Get ready to party with this playful and upbeat take on the traditional carol. Beyoncé’s powerhouse vocals led the charge in the 2001 track, making this a guaranteed holiday singalong hit.
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