I am a huge fan of Christmas music. Yes, it can get stale, but there’s something soothing about its spirited nature. While no surprise that some of my most beloved Christmas songs are by artists such as Wham! and N*Sync, this list is dedicated to comprehensive albums that provide holiday cheer from start to finish. In no particular order, here are my most cherished Christmas albums (that have been on rotation for a few weeks now!):
A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him
Why I Love it: Classic Christmas tunes sung in an old-time fashion, but with an indie rock flare.
Let It Snow by Michel Bublé
Why I Love It: This was Michel Bublé’s first Christmas album. While his second, Christmas (also on this list), is the widely popular one, this gem of six holiday classics is pure magic and my favorite of the two.
Christmas by Michel Bublé
Why I love It: The right mix of cheerful and somber, this bonanza of holiday hits personalized to his special brand of crooner is Michel Bublé’s extended ode to Christmas that leaves you psyched for the season.
Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
Why I Love It: Establishing her as the Queen of Christmas, Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey brought us such forever classics as “All I Want for Christmas is You” and the popped up version of “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Not to mention, the film Love Actually is basically an ode to this hit record.
A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio
Why I Love It: If Jazz is your thing (or even if it’s not), this album provides holiday ambiance in the form of instrumental bliss. This is the perfect soundtrack for when you’re quieting down in front of the Yule Log with a glass of mulled wine.
White Christmas by Bing Crosby
Why I Love It: For me Bing Crosby is the King of Christmas. This album, sung with classic Bing Crosby gravitas is an all-around classic. I especially love how I got my copy — a serendipitous summertime discovery at a Brooklyn vintage store, price $1.99.