My Top Ten Favorite Christmas AlbumsKristen Howerton
We officially broke out the Christmas music at our house yesterday. I have a love/hate relationship with Christmas music. It makes me feel all warm and glow-y for about a week, and then I grow totally sick of it and don’t want to hear it again for another year. I think a part of this is the fact that, really, it’s pretty much the same 25-30 songs being recycled into different versions and genres every year. Growing up, my parents listened to the same couple of albums each Christmas: Manhiem Steamroller, Sandy Patty, Anne Murray, Statler Brothers, and Handel’s Messiah. If you are guessing those are not on repeat play in my adult years, you would be correct. Last year I discovered some great Christmas channels on Pandora. This year, I’m geeking out on Spotify and trying to come up with the ultimate Christmas playlist. Here are a few on our rotation right now:
Sara Groves: Oh Holy Night 1 of 11
Sufjan Stevens Songs for Christmas 2 of 11Songs for Christmas is quirky and different, with traditional old hymns sung in an alt-rock style.
It's available on Amazon, via CD or download, for about $15
A Christmas Together 3 of 11This compilation album includes alt-rock arrangements of classic Christmas songs.
You can grab all three volumes of A Christmas Together at Amazon.com.
Hotel Cafe presents WinterSongs 4 of 11This compilation album features Christmas standards sung by the new Lillith Fair set: Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Fiona Apple, Colbie Caillat, et al.
It's on Amazon.com for $8.49.
Josh Groban: Noel 5 of 11This is a nice album that has mass appeal and classic Christmas songs. Good for dinner parties or family gatherings. If you don't think Josh's voice is dreamy you may not be human.
It's $.915 on Amazon.com.
Maybe This Christmas 6 of 11I have no idea where I got this album initially (Urban Outfitters?), but I've had it since 2002 and it's the one Christmas album I could listen to year after year. It's a random mix of artists from Coldplay to Ben Folds. Unfortunately, this out-of-circulation CD is going for $39.99 on Amazon.com.
Olive Newton John & John Travolta: This Christmas 7 of 11Just kidding. I've not listened to this one. I just like bringing up how creepy that photo is.
This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday 8 of 11
Glee: The Christmas Album 9 of 11I do realize that Glee is an acquired taste, but my kids and I loved their Christmas album last year, and I'm thrilled they made another one this year. Of course, I would be happy with an entire album of just the Warblers doing covers of holiday fare.
You can get all three Glee Christmas albums on Amazon.com.
Justin Bieber: Under the Mistletoe 10 of 11DON'T JUDGE ME.
(For ten bucks, you can become a belieber, too.)
A Very She and He Christmas 11 of 11Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward collaborated for this throwback album with a 1950's-lounge-singer feel.
You can download this baby for just $5 on Amazon.com.
What are your favorite Christmas albums? What do I need to add to my Ultimate Holiday Playlist 2012?
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