Top Christmas Albums!

Elvis' Christmas album, considered to be the best selling Christmas album of all time

Elvis' Christmas album, considered to be the best selling Christmas album of all time

Those of you who love Christmas music (or are having a Christmas party!) will love these CDs. This is a list of the best CDs throughout the decades that are timeless and you can listen to anytime (taken from

1) Various Artists – ‘A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector’ (1963)

Phil Spector put together this Christmas album that unfortunately debuted on the same day the JFK was assassinated. Though the disk bombed at first, it has since been recognized as one of the best Christmas collections out there. Phil Spector used four of his best recording artists, The Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans, to make this album.

2) Various Artists – ‘A Very Special Christmas’ (1987)

This CD includes songs such as the Eurythmics “Winter Wonderland,” Whitney Houston’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?,” Sting’s “Gabriel’s Message,” and Run-D.M.C.’s “Christmas in Hollis.” It was created to raise money for the Special Olympics and originally helped raise $55 million.

3) Vince Guaraldi Trio – ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ (1965)

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Do I need to say more?

4) Josh Groban – ‘Noel’ (2007)

Just a nice relaxing, modern twist on Christmas classics. Definitely a nice choice for a calm winter day, or small gathering.

5) Mariah Carey – ‘Merry Christmas’ (1994)

This CD was made famous by the song “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” which has been called one of the best holiday songs ever and is included on nearly every holiday compilation CD.

6) Mannheim Steamroller – ‘Mannheim Steamroller Christmas’ (1984)

In 1984 Mannheim Steamroller released this Christmas album, its first holiday collection, and found its true niche as a recording act. Mannheim Steamroller has now released eight platinum certified Christmas collections.

7) Elvis Presley – ‘Elvis’ Christmas Album’ (1957)

Rock’n’roll Christmas? Does it get any better? The song ‘Blue Christmas’ was first recorded on this album, and has become another holiday classic. When this CD debuted it spent four weeks at #1 on the charts, and is now considered to be the best selling Christmas CD of all time.

8) Nat King Cole – ‘The Christmas Song’ (1963)

Nat King Cole first recorded “The Christmas Song” in 1946. However, it is his 1961 recording that was later added to a holiday album of the same name that is best known. The song and album became even more popular following Cole’s death from lung cancer in 1965.

9) Bing Crosby – ‘White Christmas’ (1945)

Bing Crosby’s recording of the song “White Christmas” is considered the bestselling single of all time having sold over 50 million copies worldwide. This album was first put together in 1945 when it was released as 10 songs on five 78 rpm discs. The album was released as a standard vinyl LP for the first time in 1955.

10) The Carpenters – ‘Christmas Portrait’ (1978)

This album includes the duo’s classic “Merry Christmas, Darling.” The album has sold over a million copies and today is one of the best loved Carpenters albums.

1 comment to Top Christmas Albums!

  • sue

    I like you’re suggestions, particularly the Nat King Cole. A brilliant album. My new favourite festive mix is one that I found on YouTube, titled Fireside Carols. It’s by a bunch of English musicians called The Golden Eggs. Really good toe warming stuff! Definitely my best Christmas album 2009.


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