It’s no secret that some of the best and most memorable Christmas songs of all time were created by black people. Indeed, African-Americans seem to have a long tradition of coming up with catchy tunes for the holidays and that tradition continues to this very day. With so many great black Christmas songs to choose from it can be a bit difficult to create the ultimate playlist but we believe we have found 15 such songs that are pretty much mandatory during the holidays.
We don’t hear too often about Boyz II Men anymore but there was a time when their music was everywhere, especially during the holidays.
You can’t talk about Christmas songs by black artists without at least mentioning The Jackson 5. Although the group isn’t around anymore, many of its songs continue to be played every year during Christmas time.
I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that 8 Days of Christmas is one of the most memorable black Christmas songs for anyone who grew up in the early 2000s.
There have been many versions of Silent Night over the years but Temptations’ take on the classic Christmas carol is the best at capturing the emotional aspects of the holiday season.
By far one of the most famous black Christmas songs of all time, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You remains a staple at holiday parties all over the world.
I’m sure you’re already very familiar with the classic version of Santa Claus is Coming to Town but do you know the version created by The Jackson 5? If you don’t, now is as good a time as any to go and look it up.
No list of black Christmas songs would be complete without at least entry from the legendary Stevie Wonder, who partnered with the talented Andra Day a few years back for a modern re-release of his classic 1967 hit Someday at Christmas.
1967 was apparently a great year for Christmas songs. Not only did Stevie Wonder release the original version of Someday at Christmas but Otis Redding’s funky Merry Christmas Baby came out the same year.
The late Whitney Houston created many holiday-themed songs and it’s a bit difficult to say which of them is her absolute best. If we were to just simply pick our favorite, though, One Wish would win by far.
Although our list of black Christmas songs includes a lot of classics, we can’t forget about more recent holiday-themed tracks like Kanye West’s Christmas in Harlem.
A very heartwarming song about being together with your loved ones during the holidays. In other words, a perfect black Christmas song.
Not exactly a traditional Christmas song but sometimes you just feel like listening to some good hip-hop during this time of the year.
A lot of artists like to create songs for one specific occasion, such as Christmas, but Mary J. Blige decided to create one that would be fitting for all the important holidays so we can enjoy it all year long.
Though Chris Brown’s version may be the more popular black Christmas song today, this wasn’t always the case as the original was released by Donny Hathaway back in the 70s.
If you’re looking for more holiday-themed songs from Destiny’s Child after listening to 8 Days of Christmas make sure to check out Winter Paradise.
All the best black Christmas songs by black artists can be found on YouTube but you’re out of luck if you want to download them because the website doesn’t allow it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still do it anyway because you can use a tool called DVDFab YouTube to MP3 to download as many songs as you want. With this tool, you can download not just individual songs but entire playlists as well along with any available metadata. Here’s how it works:
1. Launch the DVDFab 11 client and go to the Utilities section to find YouTube to MP3. Open the tool and then go to YouTube.
2. Go ahead and search for some black Christmas songs you always wanted to download but never could before. As it turns out, now you can. Simply copy the URL of a song and then click the Paste URL button inside the software.
3. Repeat step 2 if you want to download an entire playlist, only this time copy the URL of any song found in that playlist. Upon pasting the link, the software will ask if you only want to download that individual song or the entire playlist, so go with the second option.
4. The software will automatically begin to download the songs after you paste the links so all you need to do now is wait for them to finish. Once the process is complete, go to the Finished tab and click the little folder icon to access an MP3 version of the song you just downloaded from YouTube.
Having black Christmas songs in your holiday playlist is a great way to spice things up whenever you’re playing music at a party or even when you’re listening to it at home. And if you want to avoid any interruptions while listening to your favorite songs make sure to download them with DVDFab YouTube to MP3. That way, you can avoid not just the annoying ads but also video freezes and other such issues that might occur due to slow internet.
If you are hip-hop lovers, you can also have a look at the top 20 best hip-hop Christmas songs.