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10 Original Christmas Songs – Then & Now

Let’s celebrate this Christmas!

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, so how about 10 original Christmas-themed tunes composed by some well-known artists to give a listen to this holiday season.

10. Kanye West – Christmas in Harlem

Kanye West - Saint Pablo Tour

Yes, Yeezy does indeed have a Christmas song. Released in 2010, on Christmas in Harlem, Kanye describes his behavior as “Bad Santa” esque and speaks on what’s he’s excited about for Christmas and spending the joyous occasion with his girl. The track features Cyhi Da Prynce and Teyana Taylor, who sings on the hook.


9. The Emotions – What do the Lonely Do At Christmas?

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Who can answer The Emotions question?


8. Pentatonix- Winter Wonderland (feat. Tori Kelly)


Though not technically a original Christmas song, Pentatonix adds their own flare to the holiday classic with their signature harmonizing style.


7. Toni Braxton – Holiday Celebrate


It’s the season to forgive, come together and celebrate, and that’s exactly what Toni Braxton sings about on this soothing holiday track.


6.  R.Kelly – Snowman

R Kelly in Chicago for the Buffet Tour

Released on his new 12 Nights of Christmas album – Snowman finds Kells in the role of an actual snowman describing being stuck in the freezing cold and rain, looking from the outside in at families enjoying themselves. All this King of R&B snowman wants for Christmas is a snowgirl.


5. Mary J. Blige – Christmas in the City


The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul takes it to the streets with this Christmas tune.


4. James Brown – Santa Claus, Go Straight To The Ghetto


Even the “Godfather of Soul”, James Brown got in the Christmas Spirit with this tune.


3.  Luther Vandross – Every Year, Every Christmas


From his 1995 This Christmas album, The legendary Luther Vandross sings about wishing and hoping for a special someone he’s longing for to come his way for Christmas.


2.  Kurtis Blow – Christams Rappin’ 


What more can be said, it’s a Christmas hip-hop classic.

  1. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You


What would a Christmas song list be without this Christmas masterpiece by the sultry Mariah Carey.

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