Musical Mistletoe: R&B's Most Romantic Holiday Tracks

Toni Braxton, John Legend, Stevie Wonder and more.

The holiday season isn't just about festive jingles and merry tunes—it's also a time for love and romance. Amidst the cheerful melodies, R&B has carved out its own space, offering a collection of soulful, heartfelt holiday tracks that capture the essence of love during this magical time of the year. In the realm of R&B, the holiday spirit comes alive through legendary artists like Toni Braxton, John Legend, and Stevie Wonder, among others.

From timeless classics to contemporary hits, these R&B gems weave tales of romance, warmth, and joy, making them the perfect soundtrack for snuggling by the fireplace or sharing a tender moment under the mistletoe.

  • "Someday at Christmas" – Stevie Wonder (1966):

    Stevie Wonder's soul-stirring rendition of "Someday at Christmas" delivers a poignant message of hope and peace, wrapped in his soulful melodies.

  • "This Christmas" – Donny Hathaway (1970):

    Donny Hathaway's velvety voice serenades listeners with the classic "This Christmas," a soulful ballad that embodies the spirit of togetherness and celebration.

  • "Let It Snow" – Boyz II Men (1993):

    Boyz II Men's harmonious rendition of "Let It Snow" infuses the holiday spirit with their signature R&B flair, adding a romantic touch to the snowy season.

  • "Every Year, Every Christmas" – Luther Vandross (1995):

    Luther Vandross's emotive vocals shine in "Every Year, Every Christmas," a heartfelt ballad that encapsulates the longing and love during the holiday season.

  • "The Christmas Song" – Toni Braxton (2001):

    Toni Braxton's silky vocals in "The Christmas Song" bring a sensuous touch to this favorite, infusing it with an intimate ambiance.

  • "Mistletoe" – Justin Bieber (2011):

    Justin Bieber's contemporary hit "Mistletoe" combines youthful charm with R&B-infused melodies. "Milestone," co-written by Bieber, is a catchy and romantic holiday track.

  • "Christmas Without You" – Eric Benet Featuring Faith Evans (2012):

    Eric Benet and Faith Evans' soothing vocals in "Christmas Without You" evoke sentiments of love and longing, perfect if you are missing a loved one during the holiday season.

  • "Bring Me Love" - John Legend (2018):

    As a modern Christmas song, this track channels the joyous spirit of the season while maintaining John Legend's signature style. The song revolves around the theme of love, not just romantic but the togetherness that the holiday represents.

  • "Holiday Love" - Ted Winn (2023):

    From gospel singer turned R&B singer, "Holiday Love" by Ted Winn is a must for a holiday playlist. The song celebrates all things love during the festive season.

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