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Holiday Playlist

"Hark the Herald Angle Sing" by Mary Mary

Gospel's sister act brings their soulful take to this classic carol based on a chorus from Classical composer Felix Mendelssohn.

Listen Now:Various Artists - Favorite Christmas Carols from the English Cathedrals

"The Last Month of the Year" by The Staple Singers

The legendary gospel group made this holiday gospel tune by folk group The Kingston Trio their own this rendition.

Listen Now:The Staple Singers - The 25th Day of December

"Santa Clause is Coming to Town" by The Jackson 5

Michael and his brothers brought a youthful spirit to this Christmas classic that has made a staple in homes every holiday season.

Listen Now:Jackson 5 - Number 1's: Christmas - Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

"Let It Snow" by Boyz II Men

The Philadelphia foursome brought Motown Philly to the holidays with their remix of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"

Listen Now:Boyz II Men - 20th Century Masters: The Best of Boyz II Men - The Christmas Collection - Let It Snow

"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Faith Evans

The original first lady of Bad Boy really spread her wings with this gospel-tinged Christmas song.

Listen Now:Faith Evans - A Faithful Christmas - O Come All Ye Faithful

"Merry Christmas" by Silk

'90s R&B bad boys showed their softer side by covering this traditional holiday carol.

Listen Now:Silk - A Gift from Silk - EP - Merry Christmas

"Be There for Christmas" by Ledisi

Jazz/R&B chanteuse Ledisi offers this hypnotic, upbeat tune that offers a new take on Christmas music.

Listen Now:Ledisi - It's Christmas - Be There for Christmas

"8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child

Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle turned the "12 Days of Christmas" on its ear with an updated, uptempo urban version - complete with new-school gifts.

Listen Now:Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas - 8 Days of Christmas

"Merry Christmas Baby" by B.B. King

Who said Christmas can't be bluesy? Blues legend B.B. King stays true to his sound - and Lucille - while celebrating the holidays right.

Listen Now:B.B. King - Contemporary Jazz Christmas - Merry Christmas Baby

"Christmas in Hollis" by Run-DMC

Who knew Christmas in Queens could be so much fun? The "kings of rock" had heads nodding in the '80s with this new holiday classic.

Listen Now:Run-DMC - A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1 - Christmas In Hollis

This Christmas by Donny Hathaway

Brother Donny might have made the classic R&B Christmas record. There isn't much more to say other than it's not Christmas until you hear this song!

Listen Now:Donny Hathaway - This Christmas & Be There - This Christmas

"Little Drummer Boy" by The Temptations

Motown has turned out many Christmas classics. One of our favorites has to be the Temps take on this tried and true X-Mas tune.

Listen Now:The Temptations - A Motown Christmas - The Little Drummer Boy

"Someday At Christmas" by Stevie Wonder

Lil' Stevie did his thing in the late '60s with his album Someday At Christmas. The album is filled with great songs, among them the soulful title track about finding peace during the holidays.

Listen Now:Stevie Wonder - 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas - Someday At Christmas

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey

MC landed an instant Christmas classic with this original song from her 1994 Merry Christmas album.

Listen Now:Mariah Carey - Now That's What I Call Christmas! - The Signature Collection, Vol. 2 - All I Want for Christmas Is You

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