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.
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.
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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!