ESSENCE.com's Holiday Playlist

We know you're busy this holiday season wrapping up all your year-end projects at work, gift shopping, prepping for your Christmas day and New Year's Eve festivities, and you're probably exhausted. So, we've pulled together some of our favorite holiday tunes for you to add to your playlist. Tune out the world and focus on what this holiday's really about... Holiday Playlist"Hark the Herald Angle Sing" by Mary MaryGospel's sister act brings their soulful take to this classic carol based on a chorus from Classical composer Felix Mendelssohn. Listen Now:"The Last Month of the Year" by The Staple SingersThe legendary gospel group made this holiday gospel tune by folk group The Kingston Trio their own this rendition. Listen Now:"Santa Clause is Coming to Town" by The Jackson 5Michael and his brothers brought a youthful spirit to this Christmas classic that has made a staple in homes every holiday season. Listen Now:"Let It Snow" by Boyz II MenThe Philadelphia foursome brought Motown Philly to the holidays with their remix of "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" Listen Now:"Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Faith EvansThe original first lady of Bad Boy really spread her wings with this gospel-tinged Christmas song. Listen Now:"Merry Christmas" by Silk'90s R&B bad boys showed their softer side by covering this traditional holiday carol. Listen Now:"Be There for Christmas" by LedisiJazz/R&B chanteuse Ledisi offers this hypnotic, upbeat tune that offers a new take on Christmas music. Listen Now:"8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's ChildBeyonce, 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:"Merry Christmas Baby" by B.B. KingWho 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:"Christmas in Hollis" by Run-DMCWho 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:This Christmas by Donny HathawayBrother 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:"Little Drummer Boy" by The TemptationsMotown 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:"Someday At Christmas" by Stevie WonderLil' 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:"All I Want For Christmas Is You" by Mariah CareyMC landed an instant Christmas classic with this original song from her 1994 Merry Christmas album. Listen Now:

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 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

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

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

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

'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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Read More