It is the Christmas season and that means it’s time for Christmas music. Christmas music is essential and has as much of a role to a successful holiday season as an evergreen tree. It makes the road trips we take across the ends of the earth to be with family much shorter, makes M’Dear’s Christmas Honey Glazed ham that much sweeter, and adds to lifelong memories. Here’s a list of songs that kids from age 1 to 92 can enjoy:
1. Boys II Men – Let It Snow
This may be the #1 Christmas song for everyone born between 1980-1989. Honestly there’s not one millennial who doesn’t jam this song at least once every Christmas. WARNING: Playing this song with Bae in close proximity can lead to Bae junior.
2. Sleigh Ride – TLC
Who didn’t love TLC? This uptempo R&B groove is will take you back to 1993 and that infamous LaFace Christmas album that everyone jammed to.
3. This Christmas – Donny Hathaway
This Christmas is the ultimate Christmas song. Your Christmas isn’t legit unless Donny Hathaway is playing while your mama is cleaning greens and your sisters making the cornbread for family dinner on Saturday.
4. Merry Christmas Baby – Otis Redding
Merry Christmas Baby is the song that makes your grandpa and granny stop doing what they are doing and dance in the kitchen because it makes them feel 23 again. It can surely do the same for you and your Boo Thang this Christmas.
5 Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer – The Temptations
This song makes everyone feel like they can hit notes waaay out of their singing range. From the Baritone “Hey Rudolph” to the Falsetto “OOOOh with your nose so bright” The family is sure to jam to this Christmas classic from the legendary Temptations.
6.Give Love on Christmas Day – Jackson 5
This feel good melodic song by The Jackson 5 puts you in the Christmas spirit and is a reminder of value love not gifts.
7. Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child – John Legend
John Legend’s contemporary spin on a classic song gospel sang in 95% of black churches in America is an excellent song that reminds us of the true reason for the season.
8. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – “Big” Luther Vandross
Luther Vandross’s smooth voice on this timeless song is the reason your little brother’s birthday is in September.
9. Silver Bells – A Few Good Men
This song is the epitome of 90’s R&B and will surely make you want to ask your parents for a wide legged mustard collard suit and a Cross Colors jacket this Christmas.
10. Silent Night – The Temptations
This is the quintessential Christmas Eve song that was guaranteed to get kids sleepy and allow you time to get the presents under the tree.
11. Santa Clause is Black Man – Akim & Teddy
Santa Claus is a Black Man is what all your black friends know and your non black friends don’t have a clue about. This song is a staple in every black household and surely a song to pass on to your children
12. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Tamar Braxton
Tamar Braxton has every bit of her colorful personality on this track and is sure to make your head nod while wrapping gifts this holiday season
13. Mistletoe Jam – Luther Vandross
Mistletoe Jam is the song you hear when you walk into Uncle Tommy and Aunt Pam’s Christmas party and everyone is already full on that “special” Egg Nog.
14. Christmas in Hollis – Run DMC
This song will surely take your pops and uncles down memory lane to the moment they got their first Jheri Curl kits for Christmas.
15. Baby it’s Cold Outside – Cee Lo Green feat. Christina Aguilera
Cee-lo singing Christmas songs is kind of like dipping your French fries in ice cream. In theory it shouldn’t work, but it goes so well together and this song is the personification of ice cream and French fries.
Joy To The World –- Whitney Houston
Favorite Things – The Supremes
Up On The HouseTop – Jackson 5
Someday at Christmas – Stevie Wonder
What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas – The Emotions
I want to Come Home For Christmas – Marvin Gaye
All I Want For Christmas – Mariah Carey