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17 R&B Christmas Albums You Must Own
Granted gift giving, tree trimming and [spiked] eggnog drinking helps create the light-hearted glee of the holiday season, but the music is truly the highlight of it all. The perfect Christmas CD can be the warmth you need to heat up on a cold day, whether with family or a special someone. Check out our picks of the 17 R&B Christmas Albums You Must Own.
17. SWV - A Special Christmas (1997)
Featuring a slew of original new-jack swing cuts and classic yuletide tunes, these sisters with voices gifted fans with this holiday album, that was the perfect showcase for their signature harmonies and of course lead singer's Coko distinctive upper register. Too bad it would mark the group’s 15 year break-up before they reunited for 2012’s I Missed Us (Photo: Courtesy of RCA)
16. CeeLo Green - CeeLo's Magic Moment (2012)
Released in late October of 2012, the Grammy Award winning singer's first holiday album is a strong offering. Featuring collaborations with Rod Stewart, Christina Aguilera, Straight No Chaser, and The Muppets (damn this man loves dem’ Muppet babies), the album is a whimsical project that finds the Soul Train Award winning entertainer in his element. Press play: "What Christmas Means To Me" (Photo: Courtesy of Elektra Records)
15. The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley - I'll Be Home for Christmas (2007)
Brandishing a falsetto that can melt hardened snow, Ron Isley makes this 40-minute collection of 10 new and classic holiday-themed songs a must have. Grab a bottle of wine and your snuggle-boo; this season is going to be a baby-making one. (Photo: Courtesy of Def Soul Classics)
14. Patti Labelle - Miss Patti's Christmas (2007)
Patti will have you kicking off your shoes and rolling around on the floor under the Christmas tree with this 10-track album of classic and original cuts. Her cover of The Emotions 1973 song “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas” will have you wanting to break-up with your boo so you can be lonely…well, maybe not that far, but you get the point. (Photo: Courtesy of Def Soul Classics)
13. Tamar Braxton – Winter Loversland (2013)
The Soul Train Award winning singer proved that she’s more than Toni Braxton’s little sister. She’s Toni Braxton’s little singer who can sang (yes, sang) her way around a Christmas song. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records)
12. Babyface - Christmas with Babyface (1998)
Known for churning out hits for a slew of other acts, Babyface out did himself on this album. His cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" will send chills up your spine as you sit in front of the fireplace. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records)
11. Joe - Make Sure You're Home For Christmas (2009)
So, you're probably are thinking: "I didn't know Joe released a Christmas album!" But four years ago, he did just that. The 6 track EP was released exclusively at Target department stores, and featured the singer's take on "The Christmas Song" that will warm you up---no fire or hot cocoa needed.
(Photo: Courtesy of Kedar Entertainment)
10. Boyz II Men - Christmas Interpretations (1993)
If Boyz II Men's "Let It Snow" doesn't spark a little Holiday tingling [insert: pause] you must be void of a cuffing partner. Released in 1993, the album featured original tunes written and produced by the group's then label mate Brian McKnight. The group tried to re-create with 2005'sWinter/Reflections, but it goes without saying Interpretations is their definitive holiday offering. (Photo: Courtesy of Motown Records)
9. Whitney Houston - One Wish: The Holiday Album (2003)
By the time the late Houston released this Christmas album, she had been around the world and I-I-I. Although her voice was noticeably raspy, the Grammy Award winning singer produced a captivating body of work that was chalk full of her signature vocal acrobatics. Press Play: “First Noel”.
(Photo: Courtesy of Arista Records)
8. Faith Evans - A Faithful Christmas (2005)
While Faith's 2005 holiday album was relatively unnoticed; the R&B Diva was---as the church folks would say---“sanging” her butt off. Her cover of Mel Torme's "Christmas Song" was and is 100% R&B at its finest. (Photo: Courtesy of Capitol Records)
7. Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas (2001)
Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams released this gold-certified 12-track album following the messy departures of former original members, Letoya Luckett, Latavia Roberson, and replacement member Farrah Franklin. Each girl has a featured solo on the album, but of unsurprisingly Beyonce's acoustic rendition of "Silent Night" reigns supreme. (Photo: Courtesy of Columbia Records)
6. Gladys Knight and The Pips - The Christmas Album
If you want 70s soul at its finest, Gladys Knight and The Pips' first holiday album is a definite must have. Marked by Knight's rich vocals and soulful production, the album includes covers of "Silent Night," "Away in A Manger" and "Do You Hear What I Hear." (Photo: Courtesy of Sony Records)
5. Luther Vandross - This is Christmas (1994)
Little has to be said about the late singer’s 1994 holiday album. Known for his smooth baritone, Vandross created beautiful interpretations of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "O' Come All Ye Faithful", and "My Favorite Things" that could rival---if not best---the originals. The album also features a string of original tunes ("Every Year, Every Christmas", “This Is Christmas") that have become classics in their own right. (Photo: Courtesy of Epic Records)
4. The Temptations - Give Love at Christmas (1980)
This album features the group's classic version of "Silent Night" featuring the vocals of Dennis Edwards. Is anymore reason needed to buy this album? Not really. (Photo: Courtesy of Motown Records)
3. Jackson 5 - Ultimate Christmas Album (2009)
Released just months after Michael Jackson's untimely death in 2009, this album compilation features holiday songs recorded by a young Michael and his brothers in the early 70s. (Photo: Courtesy of Motown Records)
2. Toni Braxton - Snowflakes (2001)
Regardless of her financial woes, Toni Braxton can sing her [insert: bleep] off. The alto-voiced singer's 2001 Christmas album, was a collection of covers ("Christmas Time is Here" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas") and original tunes penned by her longtime collaborator Babyface, and her then husband Keri Lewis, which included the smooth, "This Time Next Year" and "Christmas in Jamaica" featuring Shaggy. (Photo: Courtesy of Arista Records)
1. Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas (1994)
Yes Mariah got a some attention for 2010’s Merry Christmas II, but her first holiday album, Merry Christmas, is the true classic. Released in 1994, the project has sold over 12 million copies worldwide---making it the biggest selling Christmas album of all time---and has yielded a string of hits including "Joy to the World," "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)," and the new school classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," (Photo: Courtesy of Sony Music)


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