Seven Christmas Albums to Rock the Holidays

One of my favorite things about the Christmas season is the music. I love it all—from traditional carols about the birth of Jesus to Rock and Pop songs about Santa, snowmen, and mistletoe—I can’t get enough of it.

There’s no better way to get into the season than with a some fantastic seasonal tunes. So, here’s my list of seven sure-fire Christmas albums to rock your holidays.

  1. A Charlie Brown ChristmasVince Guaraldi Trio

    A Charlie Brown Christmas
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    There’s a certain melancholy to the Charlie Brown Christmas cartoon which helps us relate to the titular blockhead. But, the jazzy instrumental takes on familiar staples “Greensleeves” and “O Tannenbaum” make this album a perfect compliment to your holiday party.

  2. Noel – Josh Groban

    Noel
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    Wow! That’s really sums up how I feel about Groban’s take on Christmas music. I was literally blown away the first time I heard this. It’s easily the best Christmas album to come out in the last 20 years. Do yourself a favor and buy this one today.

  3. Christmas with the Beach Boys – The Beach Boys

    Christmas with the Beach Boys
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    This album occupies a special place in my heart. This was probably the third album I remember buying with my own money. I loved The Beach Boys’ harmonies on the old standards, but the most fun was their original tune “Little Saint Nick.”

  4. Have a Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives

    Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    I know what you’re thinking—“Isn’t that the Ugly Bug Ball guy?”—and, yes, it is. But, he’s also the snowman in the classic Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer animated special. If you enjoy Holly Jolly as much as I do the rest of this album will be sure to brighten your spirits.

  5. WintersongSarah McLachlan

    Wintersong
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    I’m sure Ms. McLachlan tires of her voice being referred to as ethereal, but it really is. This is a fantastic album with wonderful renditions of “Silent Night” and “Christmas Time Is Here”. The highlight of Wintersong is her cover of Joni Mitchell‘s “River”. At one time or another, we’ve all wished we had river that we could skate away on.

  6. A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 1 – Various Artists

    A Very Special Christmas
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    The first volume in the “A Very Special Christmas” (AVSC) series of albums may sound a trifle dated, but it’s just so much fun! Released in 1987 to benefit the Special Olympics, AVSC features a who’s who of late 80s rock and pop standouts. This album features two songs currently in heavy rotation on my Christmas playlist: “Christmas (Please Come Home Baby)” by U2 and “Christmas in Hollis” by Run-D.M.C.

  7. A Christmas Together – John Denver & the Muppets

    A Christmas Together
    Available on iTunes and Amazon

    It never officially felt like Christmas Time until my parents brought out the John Denver and Muppets Christmas record. With renewed interest in the Muppets, A Christmas Together is a great way to get (re-)acquainted with the world’s greatest performing puppet troupe. The songs range from sweet to silly without ever being condescending to the audience or the source material. This album is great fun regardless of your age.

There are so many great Christmas albums out there, so I know I may not have chosen your favorites. Which christmas albums would have made your list? Sound off in the comments below.

All album art courtesy of Amazon

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4 thoughts on “Seven Christmas Albums to Rock the Holidays

  1. AustinDM

    OHMYGOSHITOTALLYFORGOTABOUTTHEMUPPETSANDJOHNDENVERALBUM!!!!
    I agree 100% it didn’t feel like Christmas until that album. Ah, memories.

    The only one I would add is the original Harry Connick Jr. Christmas Album, When My Heart Finds Christmas, other than that, great list.

  2. Queen of Zoom

    Nice post! I really like Josh Groban’s Christmas music, such a fantastic voice. Number 6 has been a favorite since it was released (yes, I’m old lol). I recently listened to some of the other ‘Very Special Christmas’ CDs on Spotify but think this one is the best 🙂

  3. Ammon Post author

    @AustinDM, Harry Connick, Jr. is pretty unappreciated. I would kill to be unappreciated in my own lifetime.

    @Queen, AVS vol. 1 makes me want to spend Christmas in Hollis every year. Cornbread and Collard Greens—yum, yum!

    @dinkerson, Bing Crosby is an all-time great, but with the field narrowed to seven he just didn’t make my cut. Great pick though!

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