Posted on: December 8, 2023 Posted by: Adia Winfrey Comments: 1
Destiny's Child perform at the 69th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting in New York City on November 28, 2001. Kevin Mazur Archive 1/WireImage

The year is winding down, and the Christmas holiday season is upon us. Some say it’s “the most wonderful time of the year.” For many, it is a time when the soundtrack of the season is just as important as the décor.

The Backstory

According to the Oxford University Press, the Christmas musical tradition began in the United States over 200 years ago. However, its popularity grew exponentially with the rise of the radio, television, and film industries in the 20th century.

Christmas music crosses all genres and age groups. It ranges from the sacred to the secular. And while technically Christmas is a Christian holiday, people of all faiths listen to and even create music celebrating the season.


Countless Christmas songs have withstood the test time. This type of music is so popular, most radio stations with a music format play some Christmas music during this season. Some stations even opt to exclusively play Christmas music in the weeks leading up to December 25th. In the spirit of the holidays Upscale writer Dr. Adia Winfrey did a deep dive and compiled a list of Christmas songs with soul.

Let’s Get Into It

Tis the season to be jolly and celebrate with your favorite holiday bop. Check out Upscale Magazine’s soulful Christmas Playlist and let us know what you think.

Tell us what songs are on your holiday playlist in the comments.

This Christmas- Donny Hathaway/Chris Brown

Silent Night- The Temptations

Let it Snow- Boyz II Men

All I Want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey

Sleigh Ride- TLC

My Gift to You- Alexander O’Neil

O Holy Night- Aretha Franklin

Santa Claus Is Coming to the Ghetto- James Brown

Someday at Christmas- Stevie Wonder

Santa Baby- Eartha Kitt

8 Days of Christmas- Destiny’s Child

The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole

Christmas in Hollis- Run DMC

Silver Bells- A Few Good Men

Do You Hear What I Hear- Whitney Houston

It’s Christmas (All Over the World)- New Edition

Deck the Halls- Brandy

Give Love on Christmas Day- The Jackson 5

What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas- The Emotions

Soul Holidays- Sounds of Blackness

What You Want For Christmas- 69 Boyz

Happy Holidays to You- The Whispers

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

-Dr. Dia

1 people reacted on this

  1. OMG, for me it is not the Christmas season until I hear Donny Hathaway’s This Christmas. Thanks you so much Dr. Dia you have made my day. These songs really brought back GREAT memories. I love Upscale Magazine. Have a blessed and safe Holiday everyone!!


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