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Ring in the Holidays with ESSENCE.com's Christmas Playlist!

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Best Christmas Songs

Chris Brown "This Christmas"

One of the most well-sung holiday songs. We love it!

Eartha Kitt "Santa Baby"

This song is a holiday treat. Have you been naughty or nice?

Luther Vandross "Have Yourself a Merry Christmas"

The legendary Luther Vandross remade this classic — adding his silky smooth R&B voice.

Mariah Carey "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

A classic treat to add to your holiday cheer!

The Temptations "Silver Bells"

Add a little Christmas caroling to your catalog!

The Temptations "Rudoplh the Red Nosed Reindeer"

You can’t celebrate Christmas without this classic song!

Jackson 5 "Someday At Christmas"

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

Mariah Carey "Oh! Santa"

Another holiday goodie!

Kanye West "Christmas in Harlem"

Not the most traditional Christmas song, but definitely adds some flavor to the mix.

The Drifters "White Christmas"

Everyone dreams of a White Christmas!

Toni Braxton "The Christmas Song"

Christmas wouldn’t be complete without “The Christmas Song.” See how Toni Braxton put her own spin on this holiday classic.

Boyz II Men "Let It Snow"

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

Faith Evans "O Come All Ye Faithful"

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

Kelly Price "Silent Night"

Kelly Price creates her own beautiful rendition of “Silent Night.”

Ledisi "Be There for Christmas"

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

Destiny's Child "8 Days of 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.

James Brown "Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto"

Add some funk to your holiday playlist with some James Brown.

The Temptations "Little Drummer Boy"

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.

Mariah Carey f. John Legend "When Christmas Comes"

Everyone gets excited for “When Christmas Comes!”

Whitney Houston "Joy To The World"

A great holiday song that can be played all year round.

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