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It’s extremely difficult for me to deviate my playlist from its staples (Beyoncé and Future) but because it’s Jesus’ birthday season, the times call for it. In honor of the holiday season, here is a list of holiday tunes, only with a necessary Negro twist. Some fit the tradition, others detour just a little bit, but I’m sure all keep Christ lit in the VIP section of heaven for his birthday party.

Merry Christmas to believers and heathens alike!

1. TLC, “Sleigh Ride”

My favorite from A LaFace Family Christmas, and probably the first contemporary (at the time) Christmas song I had ever heard.

2. Donny Hathaway, “This Christmas”

It’s literally not Christmas if I don’t hear this song at least once (or 17 times) during the holidays. Many have tried to sing this song, but none are better than Hathaway’s version. Literally, your fave could never.

3. Destiny’s Child, “8 Days of Christmas”

Between croons about getting Chloé shades, dirty denim jeans, a belly ring and hawking their newly released Mattel dolls, this is a delightfully birdy way of singing about Christmas. That’s not shade; that’s fact. It’s also great admiration for Destiny’s Child sticking to their format even for a holiday album.

4. The Emotions, “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas?”

This song will make you text folks you have no business being in contact with, but it’s so good.

5. Mariah Carey, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”

Apparently, this year Mariah has been displaced from the top of retail stores’ holiday playlist. Should Christmas sales fall as a result of this sin, let it be a lesson for all: do not cross the Queen of Christmas. Not now, not ever.

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