We love holiday music - nothing gets us in the spirit quicker than hearing our favorite holiday tunes. We thought we'd share our five favorite holiday albums to inspire you to broaden your holiday music collection.
With over six volumes in this series of holiday songs performed by contemporary pop, rock, rap, and country music artists, it's easy to find your very own favorite "A Very Special Christmas," and mine is the third volume, "A Very Special Christmas 3"
($8.56) because it features a beautiful rendition of "Ave Maria" by Chris Cornell, the lead singer of Soundgarden, my all-time favorite band. Also on this volume are Sting's "I Saw Three Ships," Smashing Pumpkins' "Christmastime," and Tracy Chapman's "O Holy Night." No matter your musical taste, you'll find a volume of "A Very Special Christmas" you'll love as well.
For nostalgic reasons, we love "A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Soundtrack Recording of the CBS Television Special"
($6.24). Just hearing "Linus and Lucy," the famous song that plays as the Peanuts gang dances as Schroeder plays the piano, is enough to put us in the best holiday spirits. Also featured on this album are "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," "Greensleeves," and "What Child is This?"
If your musical tastes run along traditional lines, you'll enjoy our next favorite holiday album, "A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra"
($9.99). A 1957 album which was completely remastered in 1999, Frank Sinatra sings cherished Christmas songs like "Jingle Bells," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "Silent Night," and "The First Noel." You'll have a swinging time for sure listening to this holiday gem.
Although this next favorite holiday album is out of print, you can still find new and used versions of "The Coolest Christmas"
(from $2.48). Featuring artists like David Bowie and Bing Crosby, Roy Orbison, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and the Cocteau Twins, this holiday album offers a great mix of musical genres and styles. Always in heavy rotation in our home each holiday season, every member of your family will find a favorite song on this album.
Another holiday album in heavy rotation in our homes, "A Rock N Roll Christmas"
($3.93) features the 80's New Wave classic, "Christmas Wrapping," along with "Step Into Christmas" by Elton John, "What Child Is This" by the Moody Blues, and my personal favorite, "Christmas Is the Time to Say 'I Love You'" by Billy Squier. If you are a rock and roll fan, you'll be sure to play this album constantly over the holiday season.
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