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During the holiday season, people tend to host parties, bring about holiday cheer, and get into the spirit. Below are 15 must-have hip-hop and R&B Christmas songs to help set the mood.

1.”Christmas in Hollis” by Run DMC

RUN DMC - Christmas In Hollis (Video)

More Christmas hits here: Run-DMC's official music video for 'Christmas In Hollis'. As featured on Run-DMC: Greatest Hits.

You might not be from Queens, New York but Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” will give you a taste of what the holidays are like in the NYC borough, which is also the home of Nas, Roxanne Shante, LL Cool J, and Nicki Minaj (post- Trinidad).

2.”Sleigh Ride” by TLC

TLC - Sleigh Ride

TLC performing "Sleigh Ride" Listen to TLC: Subscribe to the official TLC YouTube channel: Watch more TLC videos: Follow TLC: Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Website: Spotify: YouTube: Chorus: Let's have a very merry Christmas And a happy New Year (A happy new year) Filled with love and joy and happiness And lots of good cheer (I want you to have) A very merry Christmas (Oooh!)

TLC’s “Sleigh Ride” is a classic where the trio wanted to wish their loved ones and others a “Very Merry Christmas.”

3.”Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto” by Nate Dogg & Snoop Dogg

Snoop Doggy Dogg - Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto, Uncensored- Official Death Row Upload Check out this exclusive uncensored version of the holiday music video by Snoop Doggy Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Bad Azz, and Tray Dee from the Christmas on Death Row album released originally December 1996.

The late Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg’s “Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto” is a hip-hop Christmas classic that highlights Nate’s deep baritone voice.

4.”Let It Snow” by Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men - Let It Snow (Official Music Video) ft. Brian McKnight

REMASTERED IN HD! Music video by Boyz II Men performing Let It Snow. © 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc., Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises #BoyzIIMen #LetItSnow #Remastered #VEVO

“Let It Snow” by Boyz II Men is another Christmas classic that’s perfect especially for those who’ve never been gifted snow over the holidays.

5.”Christmas in Harlem” by Kanye West, Prynce Cy Hi & Teyana Taylor

Kanye West - Christmas In Harlem (Final; Original BPM)

Kanye West's new single, 'Christmas In Harlem,' just in time for the holidays. Featuring Cam'ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor, and Big Sean. Enjoy! Find out more and download the track at

Kanye West’s “Christmas In Harlem” is more about the features than West. Teyana Taylor shines on the song, which is all about Christmas in her hometown of Harlem.

6.”Joy to the World” by Whitney Houston

Joy to the World

Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment Joy to the World · Whitney Houston · Georgia Mass Choir The Preacher's Wife ℗ 1996 Arista Records LLC Released on: 1996-11-26 Associated Performer: Whitney Houston with The Georgia Mass Choir Composer, Lyricist: Traditional Arranger, Vocal Arranger, Producer: Mervyn Warren Recording Engineer: Joseph Magee Recording Engineer: Frank Wolf Recording Engineer: Michael White Mixing Engineer: David Reitzas Editor: Leon Zervos Auto-generated by YouTube.

Whitney Houston’s cover of “Joy to the World” featuring the Georgia Mass Choir comes from the soundtrack of Houston’s 1996 film The Preacher’s Wife which she starred in alongside Denzel Washington.

7.”Santa Baby” by Faith Evans

Santa Baby

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group Santa Baby · Faith Evans A Faithful Christmas ℗ 2005 Capitol Records, LLC Released on: 2005-01-01 Producer: Todd Russaw Producer, Associated Performer, Musician, Background Vocalist: Kowan "Q" Paul Producer, Associated Performer, Musician: Gil Smith II Studio Personnel, Recording Engineer, Mixer, Engineer: Jaymz Hardy-Martin III Studio Personnel, Asst.

Of course, Eartha Kitt’s version is a classic. However, Faith Evans puts her soulful spin on the playful hit.

8.Jackson 5 “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”

Jackson 5 -Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

One of my favorite christmas songs

The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” is a great Christmas song that’s family-friendly.

9.”8 Days of Christmas” by Destiny’s Child

Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas (Official Music Video)

Watch the official music video for "8 Days of Christmas" by Destiny's Child Listen to Destiny's Child: Subscribe to the official Destiny's Child YouTube channel: Watch more Destiny's Child videos: Follow Destiny's Child Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: Website: Spotify: YouTube: Chorus: Doesn't

“8 Days of Christmas” by Destiny’s Child is a fun holiday song where the Grammy Award-winning trio lists what they’ve received for Christmas.

10.”Merry MF X-Mas” by Eazy-E

Eazy-E - Merry Xmas (Lyrics)

Merry Christmas :) Not your typical Christmas song, but this is literally iconic R.I.P Eazy "Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing."

Eazy-E’s Christmas song is great if you’re not here for holiday cheer. Just don’t play it around children.

11.”Last Christmas” The Braxtons


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Toni, Tamar, Traci, Trina, and Towanda Braxton come together and harmonize on their cover of “Last Christmas.” It’s fun to try to guess who’s vocals are which while listening.

12.”Love You More At Christmas Time” Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland - Love You More at Christmas Time

Music video by Kelly Rowland performing Love You More at Christmas Time. KTR Records, Inc

Destiny’s Child alum, Kelly Rowland ‘s new single “Love You More At Christmas Time” comes from her Lifetime holiday film Merry Liddle Christmas that’s inspired by her real-life holiday experience.

13.”Silver Bells” by Michel’le

Michel'le - Silver Bells

Michel'le - "Silver Bells" -Track number 4 from the album ''Christmas on Deathrow'' -Released: December 5, 1996 -Christmas on Death Row is a compilation released by Death Row Records. - The album sold 200,000 copies. The album was made as a form of charity to the community.

Former Death Row artist Michel’ le lends her soulful vocals on her cover of the classic Christmas song “Silver Bells.”

14.”What Christmas Means to Me” by Fantasia

Fantasia - What Christmas Means To Me

Fantasia - What Christmas Means To Me Fantasia - What Christmas Means To Me The Best Man Holiday Album

Fantasia’s “What Christmas Means To Me” was included on the soundtrack of 2013’s The Best Man Holiday, which is the sequel to 1999’s The Best Man starring Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, Terrance Howard, Monica Calhoun, and Regina Hall.

15.”No Gift” by Tamar Braxton

[NEW] Tamar Braxton - "No Gift" - Winter Loversland

Tamar Braxton delivers a new original Christmas song, featured on her holiday album 'Winter Loversland', out now. Pick that up! BUY IT it here: Follow me on Twitter: *I DO NOT OWN THE RIGHTS TO THIS SONG*

Tamar Braxton’s “No Gift” derives from her 2013 Winter Loversland album. On the track, she uses her whispery vocals to express that she doesn’t need the “million gifts” underneath the tree, she needs her lover.

Glennisha Morgan is a Detroit-bred multimedia journalist and writer. She writes about intersectionality, hip-hop, pop culture, queer issues, race, feminism, and her truth. Follow her on Twitter @GlennishaMorgan.