As promised last week, I compiled a little list of Christmas/holiday music albums. Because sometimes, Christmas radio isn’t quite what you want, ya know? Especially if you want to listen to one voice. Although you know what:
My family has “Now That’s What I Call Christmas” and it’s really good. A lot of my favorites, if you want a kind of one-stop shop for the songs I mentioned last week. So there is that.
But right, one artist.
For Christmas 2012, my brother told me he got me a Christmas album of my favorite Christmas singer. I exclaimed “Bing Crosby?!” Nope.
Oops. I do love Frank Sinatra, and his Christmas albums are great. This is the one that I have. Or had, until my mom snatched it and kept it for herself. (I no longer have the physical copy but I was able to put the songs on my computer first.) Mmmm, Frank Sinatra’s buttery jazzy voice is pretty great for the holidays, and really any of his Christmas albums will be great. (All of his music is pretty great, let’s be real.)
Last year, my brother remembered my little faux pas and got me this Bing Crosby album!
I’ll admit, this album cover is a little big scary to see when I’m not 100% awake. Of course, his classic “White Christmas” is always good to have as well. Bing Crosby is kind of THE voice of Christmas, isn’t he? It’s not quite Christmas without his voice cradling you in a warm holiday mood. (Thanks again to my little brother for getting me these two albums!)
You see, when I curate my holiday music, I look for specific artists who I know have great Christmas albums. INCLUDING but not limited to:
- “The Christmas Album” – Elvis Presley
- “Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole
- “Merry Christmas” – Johnny Mathis
- “Noël” – Josh Groban
- “Merry Christmas” – Mariah Carey
- “Christmas” – Michael Bublé
- “Christmas Portrait” – Carpenters
- “These Are Special Times” – Celine Dion
- “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Vince Guaraldi Trio
- “Christmas Eve and Other Stories” – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- “Christmas” – Mannheim Steamroller
- “When My Heart Finds Christmas” – Harry Connick Jr.
(All images from / links to Amazon)
And….. I think that’s about right. Most orchestras have a great Nutcracker album that I would definitely recommend having on hand for the holiday season. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, but these are the albums and artists that I’m most familiar with. I am not quite at that pro level just yet, but I’m getting to the point where I can mostly identify the artists without looking when I’m listening to my Pandora Christmas station or when I’m driving in the car. (Despite my tendency to hop around stations when I drive, during the holiday season, I don’t even THINK about touching the dial on the radio because it is permanently set to my local holiday music station.) (Let me know if you listen to Delilah during the holiday season!)
Did I get your favorite albums?
What are your favorite Christmas/holiday albums?
And which newer ones should I be listening to? I am very biased, obviously, against the more current artists’ holiday albums.