Every good holiday tale starts off with a good rhyme, doesn't it? So let's kick this off right!
The snow is just beginning to fall,
The fire is burning just fine;
With boughs of holly we've decked the halls,
To bring in Christmas time.
Oven-baked are the cookies we've made
Of chocolate, sugar and ginger, too;
We share laughs over games we've played,
Like Uno and Spades and Taboo.
Each stocking perched atop the mantle,
And on them our names have been scribed;
The children are chatty and the elders ramble,
It's warm and toasty inside.
But now's the time for a holiday groove,
A staple this time of year;
Here's 15 carols to make you move,
And spread Black Christmas cheer!
1. "Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt
Sultry and seductive, the legendary Eartha Kitt gave us good tune to get close to -- underneath the mistletoe, of course.
2. "Mary, Did You Know" - The Braxtons
The legendary Braxton sisters do an R&B take on a classic carol, full of smooth layering and soothing harmonies.
3. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - Mariah Carey
The Queen of Christmas gave us this gem over two decades ago and it remains the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 holiday hit in 60 years. It belongs on any and every Christmas playlist.
4. "8 Days of Christmas" - Destiny's Child
DC3 not only gave us a whole bop for the holidays, but some good gift ideas to get bae.
5. "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" - The Jackson 5
No Christmas is Black enough unless this top five hit is in the song rotation. Baby Michael, SANG!
6. "Do You Hear What I Hear" - Whitney Houston
From one of the greatest voices in history, this song is perfect to gather 'round and enjoy time with loved ones.
7. "What Child Is This" - Vanessa Williams
Early 90's Vanessa Williams gave us a jazzy rendition of "What Child Is This" and we are forever grateful.
8. "Let It Snow" - Boyz II Men
This one is for the lovers...
9. "Sleigh Ride" - TLC
TLC did it for the culture with this one.
10. "Silent Night" - The Temptations
Who can go wrong with The Temptations?
11. "Christmas In Hollis" - Run DMC
Classic Christmas... but make it hip-hop. *inserts Tyra meme*
12. "Christmas In Harlem" - Kanye West (feat. Prynce Cy Hi& Teyana Taylor)
Good music from G.O.O.D. Music
13. "Every Year, Every Christmas" - Luther Vandross
Let Luther sing any Christmas carol, please.
14. "Someday at Christmas" - Stevie Wonder
A voice like no other. The incomparable Stevie Wonder.
15. "DMX" - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.
Sorry, we had to.