Santa’s R&B Playlist: Ariana, Mariah, And More Modern Artists To Listen To This Christmas

By Victor O December 16, 2023

As the festive season approaches, our anticipation for the joyous holiday of Christmas intensifies. Whether reveling in the company of friends and family or indulging in delectable treats, Christmas has something enchanting for everyone.

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While some opt for lively parties or embark on journeys to distant lands, others find solace in the serenity of home, accompanied by the rhythmic melodies of contemporary Christmas carols.

Irrespective of the chosen atmosphere, uplifting music undoubtedly amplifies the Christmas spirit. Amidst the plethora of outstanding Christmas tunes, we’ve curated a select handful tailored just for you. These musical pieces are bound to elevate the merriment of this year’s Christmas festivities.

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

No Christmas playlist is complete without the timeless charm of this song, a perennial favorite that has stood the test of time. This year, Mariah Carey’s classic secured its place atop Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Holiday 100 Songs, marking a special achievement for both the song and the artist.

  1. “Mistletoe” by Justin Bieber

From Justin Bieber’s 2011 album, “Under the Mistletoe,” this harmonious mid-tempo ballad, infused with contemporary flair, captures the essence of the festive season. Perfect for those celebrating Christmas with a loved one, the lyrics evoke the enchanting ambiance of the season.

  1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by John Legend

Featured in John Legend’s 2018 holiday album, “A Legendary Christmas,” this three-minute song, a duet with Esperanza Spalding, weaves a melodious tapestry of Christmas magic. Legend’s baritone and Spalding’s infectious energy combine seamlessly in this standout track.

  1. “Santa Tell Me” by Ariana Grande

In 2014, Ariana Grande’s chart-topping single “Santa Tell Me” emerged as a comforting remedy for emotional wounds, delving into themes of romantic letdowns and the quest for solace in Santa’s reassurance. Crafted collaboratively by Grande, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Savan Kotecha, this R&B gem secured a well-deserved position on the esteemed Billboard Hot 100 list.

  1. “Underneath the Tree” by Kelly Clarkson

Hailing from Kelly Clarkson’s 2013 album “Wrapped in Red,” this poignant three-minute track composed by Greg Kurstin and Clarkson itself serves as a heartfelt ode to the invaluable gift of companionship. Particularly resonant during challenging times, the song captures a sense of gratitude, expressing the singer’s appreciation for the enduring warmth found in the company of loved ones.

  1. “Get Behind Me, Santa!” by Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens surprised fans in 2006 with “Songs for Christmas,” a collection of EPs. “Get Behind Me, Santa!” seems like a conversation between Stevens and Santa Claus, offering a unique perspective on the commercialization of the holiday season.

  1. “Silent Night” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s rendition of the traditional Christmas carol “Silent Night,” featured in her 2007 holiday EP, provides solace for those separated from loved ones during the holiday season.

  1. “Let It Snow” by Jessie J

A part of Jessie J’s 2018 studio album “The Christmas Day,” this light-hearted song, with its talented vocal range, is the perfect accompaniment for cozy gatherings with family and friends as snow falls gently outside.

  1. “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Michael Bublé

From Michael Bublé’s 2011 album “Christmas,” this rendition of the classic exudes the essence of love, optimism, and togetherness—everything that Christmas embodies.

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  1. “Holidays” by Meghan Trainor

Meghan Trainor’s “Holidays,” featuring Earth, Wind & Fire, from her 2020 album “A Very Trainor Christmas,” is a festive anthem that effortlessly gets you into the holiday groove. The upbeat track, accompanied by a quirky music video, is a must-add to your holiday playlist.

As you immerse yourself in the festive season, let these modern Christmas carols be the soundtrack to your joyous celebrations.