My Favorite Christmas Music

I love Christmas music, and every year I await anxiously the arrival of December so that I can start playing it all day long. Here are my favorites Christmas albums:

1. The Steels - This Must Be Christmas

This is definitely the classic album of my family. The Steeles are a regional group from Minneapolis, so unfortunately I think this is a hard one to track down, but it's absolutely my favorite and it could not be Christmas without it.

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2. Amy Grant - Home For Christmas

Another album I've listened to for a long time. It brings back lots of Christmas memories of puzzle working and singing.

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3. Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe

Obviously, a newer addition to my list, and I have to admit that now it's one of my favorites. The album has some fun renditions of the usual songs, as well as some fun new favorites. Although, it should come with a "Mistletoe Warning" because he sure does sing about it a lot.

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4. Glee - The Christmas Album

As a fan of Glee, I love of lot of the songs from the 3 volumes they've put out. Although, as with any of the songs from the show, I find it's hit or miss if I'll like it. Some of the renditions are superb, and some aren't.

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5. Sting - If On A Winter's Night

I like this album to throw in a little something different to the mix. No Christmas classics here, but still a wonderful and interesting collection of songs.

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What are your favorite Christmas songs?

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Kathy Barley
Kathy Barley Fri, 12/27/2013 - 16:28

I have become obsessed with This Is My Wish, the song from the Glade commercial. I love the music and especially love the words.

Dana Desmond
Dana Desmond Fri, 12/27/2013 - 08:36

I love the classics, Carol of the Bells, Wizards of Winter, Silent Night, and Bing Crosby of course.

Lisa Mendoza
Lisa Mendoza Thu, 12/26/2013 - 17:50

I do love Amy Grant. This rendition of Hallelujah was one of my favourites this season: http://liftbump.com/2013/12/7262-can-literally-feel-christmas-moving-performance-hallelujah/
and of course my all time favourite it Matthew L Fisher https://www.facebook.com/matthewlfisher

Laura Wellinghoff
Laura Wellinghoff Tue, 12/24/2013 - 14:08

Love some of those classics as well, to many to list. My daughter found a some Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra but she left them in her dorm.
I did want to mention two other contemporary groups that have become favorites in our home, with both us and our kids. This Hope, http://www.thishope.org/ (we did have all their stuff until 2003. In going after the link I see we've fallen far behind! They have some awesome A Cappella! Also the Annie Moses Band. http://anniemosesband.com/, they have awesome instrumentals! If you ever get a chance to see them on stage live, DO NOT MISS IT! The Oldest daughter hops and twists in and out of everyone while fiddling. Both of these groups are awesome.

Jillian-Kate Violette
Jillian-Kate Violette Sun, 12/22/2013 - 18:41

I think I can count the number of contemporary Christmas songs I like on only one hand, and have a feeling that my tastes are probably much different than most other people here; but, we can't all like the same things :) "Fairytale of New York" by the Pogues, "Merry Christmas (I Don't Want to Fight Tonight) by the Ramones, and a duet by the Hives & Cyndi Lauper are some of my "newer" favourites. I'm most fond of the classics... Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Peanuts/Charlie Brown, Burl Ives, the Phil Spector Christmas album (with groups like the Ronettes) is one of my most favourite. And then, less expected albums, like Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers' "Once Upon a Christmas", without that one, it simply isn't Christmas at my house! Oooh, the original Sesame Street (especially "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" & "Keep Christmas With You (all through the year)", and Raffi, too... is anyone else familiar with Raffi? And Josh Groban's Christmas album is lovely, as well. Actually, I'm pretty nuts about Christmas music! :)

Nadia Slegers
Nadia Slegers Fri, 12/20/2013 - 13:22

I am not a big fan of Christmas music but I like "If On A Winter's Night" by Sting. And I think "And Winter Came" (album) from Enya is a good one too.

Shannah Smith
Shannah Smith Thu, 12/19/2013 - 16:46

I love Michael Buble's Christmas album, and then I also have the Chipmunk Christmas albums. And I also have a Celtic Christmas and a Highland Christmas in my rotation for good background music.

Heidi Shafer
Heidi Shafer Wed, 12/18/2013 - 13:58

I absolutely love Christmas music. There are 2,960 Christmas songs on my computer. I can go for days without a repeat. :) Some of my top fave albums are "The Season" by Jane Monheit, "Holly and Ivy" by Natalie Cole, "Star Bright" by Vanessa Williams, both Harry Connick Jr. albums, "Hey Santa!" by Carnie and Wendy Wilson, both Linda Eder albums, both Brian Setzer Orchestra albums, and many more. Love them!

Tina Shaw
Tina Shaw Wed, 12/18/2013 - 11:40

I have a few hundred songs, too....a bit of the ones you listed as well, but I love the contemporary Christian ones (Meredith Andrews "He Has Come for Us", Bebe Winans & Rob Thomas "Christmas Prayer", etc.) and Trans Siberian Orchestra and Manheim Steamrollers.

On a side note, found this for your The Steeles: http://www.allmusic.com/album/this-must-be-christmas-mw0000319524

Shellby Joslin
Shellby Joslin Wed, 12/18/2013 - 09:07

I love the Glee Christmas Album especially Baby It's Cold Outside by Blaine and Kurt!

Dawn Evans
Dawn Evans Wed, 12/18/2013 - 01:41

Just checked the ipod and we have 168 Christmas songs and 56 carols but none of the above. I shall take a listen and see if they make my wishlist. :) My favourites are eclectic - I was introduced to "I want a hippopotamus for Christmas" last year by someone on the internet. It is not really known in the UK but I am addicted. I love classics - Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, Let it snow by Dean Martin. Then there's Gaudete by the Mediaeval Babes and Merry Christmas Everybody by Slade and O Come O Come Emmanuel by Enya but if I had to chose one I guess it would be Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland - I love the film too (Meet me in St Louis)

Lizanne Killian
Lizanne Killian Tue, 12/17/2013 - 20:18

I have that Amy Grant Christmas CD... I have a lot of Christmas CD's, too - everything from Bing Crosby to the Rat Pack to Rosemary Clooney to "City on a Hill" to Charlie Brown Christmas (one of my favorite cd's @ Christmastime), etc. I also recently ordered Sara Groves' Christmas cd called "Oh Holy Night" (love her voice).

Jess Townsend
Jess Townsend Tue, 12/17/2013 - 19:14

thanks for sharing *heart*

Amber Button
Amber Button Tue, 12/17/2013 - 17:25

Amy Grant and Bieber? Ouch! lol I guess everyone's entitled to their own opinion. =) I love Trans Siberian Orchestra, Bare Naked Ladies Holidays album and classics like Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

Catherine Olson
Catherine Olson Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:56

I also really love the instrument versions of Christmas songs by Mannheim Steamroller and the Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Catherine Olson
Catherine Olson Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:47

My favorites are Carol of the Bells and Oh Holy Night... last year when Lea Michelle sang it on Glee I got goosebumps, it was so good!