Every year, those of us who adore Christmas music are treated to a plethora of new albums to dive into. Artists, bands, choirs from all over the world release something new. From a single song to a compilation or a whole new album by your favorite artist. It’s part of the reason that Christmas music is so hard to ignore. While I’m not normally the type to put Christmas music on in the middle of July, I do enjoy cranking it up and belting out all those traditional songs that carry a million different memories. For me, so many of my favorite Christmas moments are attached to unforgetable memories with my loved ones. More than any other type of music, Christmas music is what brings me to tears the most. Maybe that makes it weird that I love it so much, but I don’t care.
This year the music world was treated to some truly fun and exciting new Christmas music. Being in the Holiday spirit, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite new Christmas albums with you. Check them out below!
An Americana Christmas is a perfect, traditional style compilation album that brings all the best folk artists, classic and new, center stage. With a total of 16 songs, it captures the essence of the season with subtle vocals, stunning instrumentation, and plenty of your favorite Holiday tunes. Of the 16, there are 6 brand new recordings, featuring artists like; Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, The Common Linnets, Nikki Lane, and many more. It also brings to the table some of your favorite, classic Christmas songs, a perfect addition to any Holiday party or get together. I was lucky enough to get a copy of this on vinyl and it’s been spinning in my mostly empty apartment almost every night this week. I’m obsessed.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Luther Dickinson)
Everything Is Cool (John Prine)
Pretty Paper (Robert Ellis)
The First Noel (Emmylou Harris)
The Gifts They Gave (Johnny Cash)
Just Me And These Ponies (For Christmas This Year) (Corb Lund )
Run Run Rudolph (Dwight Yoakam)
Must Be Santa (Bob Dylan)
Winter Wonderland (Valerie June)
Everybody Deserves A Merry Christmas (Ronnie Fauss)
Season Of My Memory (Max Gomez)
Les Trois Cloches (Ben Keith w/ Neil & Pegi Young)
At Christmas Time (The Common Linnets)
FaLaLaLaLove Ya (Nikki Lane)
Here It Is Christmas Time (Old 97’s)
Christmas Must Be Tonight (The Band)
Leann Rimes is not stranger to Christmas music. I still break out her 2004 Jazz inspired, What A Wonderful World, every single year. But there’s something a little more quirky and fun about One Christmas: Chapter 1. You can tell that just by the silly nature of the first single, I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. There’s a much more authentic, almost acoustic, nature to this album. The vocals sound as if they’re being performed in your living room, and unlike her 2004 album, they’re not being lost in the layers of hyped-up instrumentation Another upside to this release, is the fact that there are two more to follow. The six tracks that make up Chapter 1 are just part 1 in a collection that will apparently span three years. I certainly cannot complain about that.
- Silent Night, Holy Night
- I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
- Blue Christmas
- Someday At Christmas
- Hard Candy Christmas
- Carol Of The Bells
Michael W. Smith’s The Spirit of Christmas almost serves as a jaw-dropping compilation album. The opening instrumental track, Miracle of Christmas, makes you feel like you’re standing on Main Street at Disneyland watching the Christmas Parade go past for the first time in your life. It’s pure magic. The rest of the album is just as enchanting, and more than just Michael’s own smooth vocals, it features some of my favorite vocalists of all time; Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood.. I could seriously go on and on, there’s so much vocal talent on this Christmas album that it’s impossible not to sing along. It’s really beginning to inch its way up my list of all time favorite Holiday albums.
1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (feat. Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (feat. Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (feat. Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (feat. Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (feat. Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (feat. Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (feat. Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)
There are always so many new ones to choose from, so if you’ve heard a great new Christmas album this year, make sure to share it with me in the comments or @JukeboxMixtape on Twitter!