As we approach the most wonderful time of the year, we can all use a little bit of holiday music to brighten our spirits. While classic Christmas carols provide a delightful soundtrack for the holiday season, there’s something undeniably special about R&B Christmas songs. These tunes bring a unique blend of soulful melodies, expressive vocals, and modern production elements to the mix.
Whether you are looking for a seasonal soundtrack to dance to or simply want to set a cozy vibe in your home, a collection of R&B Christmas songs is sure to fit the bill.
“This Christmas” – Donny Hathaway
One of the greatest R&B Christmas songs of all time, this song seamlessly blends gospel, soul, and funk into a heartwarming ode to the holiday season. With its unforgettable chorus and passionate vocals, this track manages to capture the spirit of the holidays while remaining true to its roots.
This is a beautiful addition to any R&B Christmas songs album, and is guaranteed to fill the listener with warmth and nostalgia, making it a must-have during the holiday season.
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
If you’re looking for a smooth R&B track with a festive twist, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey is a must-listen. With Mariah’s powerful vocals backed by lively instrumentation, this song has become a timeless classic that never fails to bring holiday cheer.
The song’s catchy melody and Christmas-themed lyrics make it an essential addition to any holiday playlist. With its signature opening notes and upbeat tempo, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a perfect example of R&B holiday music.
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” – Brian McKnight
The album includes an R&B version of “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” that features smooth and soulful vocals from a well-known artist. The song is a Christmas classic that has been given a modern twist with a slower tempo and romantic undertones.
With its jazzy saxophone lines and catchy chorus, the track is sure to become a new holiday favorite for fans of R&B and contemporary winter music.
“Christmas Time Is Here” – Toni Braxton
One of the standout tracks on the R&B Christmas album, this soulful rendition of a holiday classic by a talented artist delivers all the feels. With smooth vocals and a jazzy arrangement, this song captures the essence of the season with a modern twist.
The poignant lyrics and skillful instrumentation make it an instant classic, while the artist’s unique flair adds a touch of individuality to this timeless tune.
“The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole
An R&B classic that’s become a staple during the holiday season, this song captures the warmth and sentimentality of Christmas with its smooth melodies and Nat King Cole’s signature crooning.
With heartfelt lyrics expressing the joys of the season, this is a must-have track for any R&B Christmas music collection. Its timeless appeal also makes it a perfect addition to any holiday playlist, guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart.
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Luther Vandross
One of the quintessential R&B Christmas songs worth mentioning is “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Luther Vandross. His smooth and soulful rendition of this classic tune is sure to put you in a festive mood. With his signature vocal style and a musical arrangement that perfectly captures the holiday spirit, Vandross delivers a timeless performance that will never go out of style.
This track is a must-listen for anyone who loves R&B music and wants to add some soulful tunes to their Christmas playlist.
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Destiny’s Child
The track is a smooth rendition of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” performed by a well-known R&B group. The group puts their own unique spin on the classic carol, complete with sultry harmonies and a groovy R&B beat. The vocals are silky smooth and the overall production is top-notch, making this song a standout on the R&B Christmas album.
It’s the perfect track to put on while snuggling up by the fire with a loved one, or to get your holiday party moving with its upbeat rhythm.
“Silent Night” – Boyz II Men
The silky-smooth vocals of Boyz II Men are on full display in this R&B Christmas tune. “Silent Night” is a classic that’s been covered countless times, but Boyz II Men’s version stands out with its blend of traditional carol arrangements and 90s R&B harmony. The song starts with just a cappella intro that’s so beautiful it makes your heart feel like it’s going to burst.
From there, the trio adds in light instrumentation and layers of gorgeous vocal harmonies to make for a truly angelic rendition of this holiday staple.
“This Gift” – 98 Degrees
The album features a festive track titled “This Gift” which immerses the listener in soulful vocals, accompanied by seasonal percussion and a string orchestra. The song boasts playful lyrics delivered with an upbeat tempo that encapsulates the holiday cheer. The R&B arrangement adds a modern twist to the classic Christmas song, making it a perfect addition to any festive playlist.
“My Only Wish (This Year)” – Britney Spears
This beautiful holiday track is a slow R&B ballad with soulful vocals that will melt your heart. The artist delivers a tender plea for love and connection during the festive season, and the track is full of warm, jazzy piano chords and gentle percussion. It’s the perfect tune to snuggle up with your loved ones by the fire on a chilly Christmas Eve.
“Give Love on Christmas Day” – SWV
Track number 13 from the R&B Christmas Songs Album is a soulful rendition of “Give Love on Christmas Day” performed by the talented group, SWV. The song starts off with a serene melody of keys and an acoustic guitar finger-picking. As the track progresses, the alluring vocals of the trio are accompanied by the slow beat drumming, creating a warm and jazzy ambiance.
The lyrics revolve around the importance of spreading love during the holiday season rather than obsessing over material possessions. The message is delivered beautifully by the catchy chorus that has the ability to stay with you for days.
“Joy to the World” – Whitney Houston
This festive track by a legendary diva is a must-have for any R&B Christmas album. With soaring vocals and lush instrumentation, the song aims to capture the essence of the holiday season through an emotive performance. The arrangement highlights the artist’s powerhouse voice, while evoking a sense of warmth and comfort.
Its timeless appeal and emotional resonance have cemented it as a classic in the genre, ensuring that it continues to be cherished by R&B fans and music aficionados alike for many Christmases to come.
“O Holy Night” – Celine Dion
One of the standout tracks from this R&B Christmas album is a soulful rendition of “O Holy Night” by a renowned vocalist. The artist showcases a stunning range, delivering a powerful performance that captures the spiritual essence of the holiday season.
The song features intricate arrangements and lush orchestration that complement the singer’s vocals, creating a truly magical listening experience. It’s a must-listen for fans of R&B and anyone looking for a fresh take on a classic Christmas tune.
“Do You Hear What I Hear?” – Vanessa Williams
One of the standout tracks on this R&B Christmas album is a rendition of a classic carol that perfectly captures the essence of the holiday season. The artist’s expressive vocals soar over a lush, soulful arrangement, enveloping the listener in a warm and joyous feeling that’s impossible to resist.
With its heartfelt lyrics and stirring melody, this song is a perfect addition to any Christmas playlist.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” – Rascal Flatts
Track 17 on this R ‘n’ B Christmas song album is a smooth and soulful rendition of a classic holiday tune. The artist’s velvety voice is accompanied by a piano and soft strings, creating a warm and cozy atmosphere. The song captures the essence of the holiday season with its heartfelt lyrics and nostalgic melody, making it a perfect addition to any Christmas playlist. Its rhythm and beats offer an R ‘n’ B groove, adding a vibrant and sultry dimension to the overall album vibe.
“Last Christmas” – Wham!
One of the all-time classics of R&B Christmas songs, “Last Christmas” by Wham!, is an evergreen holiday favorite and a must-have addition to any Christmas playlist. The track is led by George Michael’s soaring vocals and features a catchy chorus that’s instantly recognizable even to the most casual listener.
With its upbeat melodies, colorful instrumentation, and upbeat lyrics, “Last Christmas” has become a yuletide staple for countless fans over the years and is sure to bring back memories of Christmases past for many people.
“Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” – Darlene Love
The soulful and energetic “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” by Darlene Love is a standout addition to any R&B Christmas album. The tune, which was originally released in the 1960s, still manages to capture the spirit of the holiday season with its catchy beat and powerful vocals.
Love’s dynamic rendition of the song has made it a timeless classic, and it is a must-have for any R&B lover looking to create the perfect holiday playlist.
“Sleigh Ride” – TLC
“Sleigh Ride” is one of the best R&B Christmas songs in the genre. TLC’s version of this classic holiday tune is a funky, fresh take on the original, featuring smooth vocal harmonies and a groovy, up-tempo beat. The lyrics are playful and upbeat, with references to snow, jingle bells, and a cozy sleigh ride with a loved one.
This song is the perfect addition to any R&B Christmas album, guaranteed to get listeners dancing and feeling the holiday spirit.
“Little Drummer Boy” – Justin Bieber ft. Busta Rhymes
The pop-infused R&B stylings of Justin Bieber and the gravelly rhymes of Busta Rhymes collide in this unique interpretation of “Little Drummer Boy”. Bieber’s smooth vocals provide a sharp contrast to Rhymes’ growling raps, while the catchy beat and upbeat instrumentals make for a playful, festive vibe.
The song’s strong hip-hop influence is highlighted by Rhymes’ standout performance, elevating it above the typical holiday fare and making it a standout track on any R&B Christmas album.
“It’s Christmas Time Again” – Backstreet Boys
This nostalgic Christmas hit is a must-have for any R&B Christmas album. The soulful voice of the artist and the fun, upbeat melody make it perfect for getting you in the holiday spirit. The song is a great choice for when you’re decorating the tree or baking Christmas cookies. Its playful lyrics and catchy rhythm will have you singing and dancing along in no time.
“Christmas in Hollis” – Run-DMC
It’s impossible to talk about R&B Christmas songs without mentioning “Christmas in Hollis”. This classic tune by Run-DMC is the perfect mix of old-school hip-hop and holiday cheer. The catchy beat will have you nodding your head in no time, while the lyrics tell the story of a family celebrating Christmas in Queens.
“Christmas in Hollis” is a must-have on any R&B Christmas album and a reminder of the importance of family during the holidays.
“Merry Christmas, Baby” – Otis Redding
“Merry Christmas, Baby” by Otis Redding is a soulful R&B rendition of the classic holiday song that captures the spirit of the season with its emotive vocals and bluesy instrumentation. Released in the mid-1960s, the track remains a quintessential addition to any R&B Christmas album thanks to Redding’s smooth, yet powerful voice, backed by a tight band and gospel-influenced background singers.
With its blend of traditional and contemporary elements, “Merry Christmas, Baby” is a timeless holiday gem that embodies the essence of R&B music.
“Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
One standout track from the R&B Christmas Songs album is a sultry and festive number filled with all the right holiday ingredients – a little bit of spice, a dash of seduction, and a whole lot of soul. With its smooth jazz undertones, nostalgic lyrics, and catchy hooks, it’s an instant classic that will have you crooning along in no time.
Indulge in the silky vocals and get swept away into a world of cozy fireplaces, twinkling lights, and mistletoe magic – this is Christmas music at its most enchanting.
“Christmas Without You” – Dolly Parton
“Dolly Parton’s ‘Christmas Without You’ is an emotive and stirring track that perfectly encapsulates the sense of longing and nostalgia that comes with the holiday season. The track is a standout on any R&B Christmas album, featuring Parton’s signature vocals layered over a rich arrangement of strings and piano.
With its poignant lyrics and lush instrumentation, the song evokes a sense of wistfulness and bittersweet romance that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever felt the sting of loneliness during the holidays.
“Christmas Lights” – Coldplay
With its heartfelt lyrics and acoustic guitar, “Christmas Lights” by Coldplay is a standout track on any R&B Christmas album. Though Parton is known for country music, her soulful performance on this track exudes the same emotion and warmth that are hallmarks of great R&B music.
The song’s slow tempo and simple arrangement make it a perfect choice for a quiet, intimate holiday gathering. If you’re looking for an R&B Christmas album that strikes a balance between energetic party tracks and heartfelt ballads, don’t miss “Christmas Lights.”
“Wonderful Christmastime” – Paul McCartney
“Wonderful Christmastime” by Paul McCartney is an R&B-infused Christmas classic that has stood the test of time since its initial release in 1979. McCartney’s signature whimsy and knack for catchy melodies are on full display in this cheerful tune, while the lyrics celebrate the simple joys of the holiday season.
The song’s upbeat tempo makes it perfect for dancing and spreading holiday cheer, with its unique blend of R&B, rock, and pop elements making it a must-have on any Christmas album playlist.
“Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
One song that should definitely be included in any R&B Christmas album is John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” This classic track was released in 1971 at the tail end of the Vietnam War and features powerful lyrics of hope and peace.
With its catchy melody and sing-along chorus, “Happy Xmas” has become a beloved Christmas song that is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit. John’s raw voice blends perfectly with the children’s choir, and Yoko adds a haunting quality to the song with her ethereal backing vocals. It’s an essential addition to any R&B Christmas playlist.
“Blue Christmas” – Elvis Presley
“Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley is a must-have on any R&B Christmas album. With Elvis’s iconic voice and the tune’s soulful blues vibe, it’s no wonder this song has withstood the test of time. Its melancholic lyrics and slow tempo perfectly capture the spirit of loneliness that can arise during the holiday season. Even if you’re not experiencing the holiday blues, this tune is sure to evoke nostalgia and make you feel all the feels.
“Feliz Navidad” – Jose Feliciano
One of the all-time classic R&B Christmas songs, “Feliz Navidad” by Jose Feliciano combines Latin rhythms and traditional holiday themes for a festive, upbeat feel. Sung mostly in Spanish, the song creates a joyful atmosphere and encourages listeners to join in singing the catchy chorus.
With its catchy melody and cheerful energy, “Feliz Navidad” is a must-have for any R&B Christmas album and is sure to bring holiday spirit to any gathering.
“Christmas Wrapping” – The Waitresses
The Waitresses’ “Christmas Wrapping” is a beloved R&B Christmas classic, standing out with its funky, upbeat instrumental intro and catchy chorus. The story of a chance holiday encounter that leads to a year-long romance gives the song a relatable and charming narrative.
The tight rhythm section and playful horns provide a perfect accompaniment to the lead singer’s sassy and soulful vocals. The track’s infectious energy and subtle nods to classic R&B tropes make it an enduring favorite among fans of the genre.