Stuck listening to the same Christmas songs? Here are top 5 Christmas albums to fill your Christmas list this holiday:
Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957)
Elvis Presley’s 1957 Christmas album was his fourth studio album. The album includes 12 tracks, eight are new Christmas songs and four are gospel tracks.
Presley was able to expand his collection and his reputation with songs that ranged from gentle and traditional to bluesy and rocking, all without losing the conceptual thread.
“Blue Christmas” shows Elvis’ seductive style with a rhythmic instrumental backing, while “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has a more sentimental side to it.
This album continues to rank as one of the finest Christmas albums of all time.
Michael Bublé – Christmas (2011)
Michael Bublé’s Christmas collection takes some of the season’s most popular songs and mixes them with his own personal style. With Shania Twain, the jazzy style of “White Christmas” has a calming touch to the song. Bublé’s cover of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” takes some self-confidence but it definitely a needed cover for the holidays. I think we can all agree that Michael’s cover of “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives is a classic that needs to be added to the playlist.
Darlene Love, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans – A Christmas Gift for you from Phil Spector (1963)
In 1963, Phil Spector created a classic Christmas album filled with artists like The Ronettes, The Crystals, and Darlene Love.
The album includes a rousing R&B version of “White Christmas” to the rockingly radicalised “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” to the giddily sexy “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.”
Sufjan Stevens – Songs for Christmas (2006)
Songs to add to the Christmas playlist is a choice of 42 songs which is a combined box set of five separate EPs of Christmas-related songs and carols recorded by independent musician Sufjan Stevens between 2001 and 2006.
The album includes Christmas music, Indie rock, Indie folk, Indie pop, Folk rock, and Baroque pop. Some classics include Silent Night, Amazing Grace, and O Holy Night. There are also three versions of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” which is an acoustic version, a dreamy piano version with lyrics, and an instrumental version.
The EPs had been given as gifts to friends and family of Stevens over the past six years, except for 2004.
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas (1994)
You know the winter holiday is coming when you hear the classic Christmas song that everyone loves, Mariah Carey’s smash hit and joyful song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”.
In 2019, 25 years after its release, it finally hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which sparked an appreciation of how the song has become the definitive Christmas standard of our time. The full album contains 10 holiday songs, which includes two originals that were co-written with long-time collaborator Walter Afanasieff, “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)” and “Jesus Born on This Day”.