12 songs you need for a lit holiday season

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One of my favorite pastimes during the holiday season is gathering up new music. Putting up decorations is always a chore. Snow is beautiful but it’s also cold and oppressive (especially here in Chicago). But holiday music? You can’t go wrong there. That’s why I’ve put together a holiday playlist promised to get your holiday season lit.

Every year, the moment that Thanksgiving passes is a magical one. Besides the flood of people rushing into stores to catch a deal on Black Friday, it also means that we have officially entered the holiday season. And regardless of your religion, beliefs, or traditions, one thing we can all welcome back into our lives this December is holiday music.

And this year, I’ve got another great selection of 12 holiday tunes featuring classic covers from the likes of Fantasia, Coko (from SWV), and DJ Mustard featuring Ella Mai. In addition, I’ve collected some of the best original compositions from names like Big Baby D.R.A.M., The Hamiltones, and Dru Hill. So whether you are decking the halls, hanging the lights, wrapping the gifts, or simply sipping cocoa by the fire, this playlist will be just what you need to make sure you’re feeling in the spirit.

But that’s not where the holiday goodness ends. We’ve got playlists from the last 4 years (2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016) to keep you laced in holiday music from now through the new year.

Enjoy the songs and don’t forget to download the complete playlist HERE!


  1. Livrè – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  2. DJ Mustard – This Christmas (feat. Ella Mai)
  3. Fantasia – Give Love On Christmas Day
  4. Dru Hill – Favorite Time of Year
  5. Xavier Omär & Sango – Wonderful Christmastime
  6. Coko – Silent Night
  7. James Fauntleroy – Is It Morning Yet?
  8. Tiffany Evans – All I Want
  9. D.R.A.M. – #1HappyHoliday
  10. The Hamiltones – Making Love on Christmas
  11. Gabi Wilson – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  12. Fantasia – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.