10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat

10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat
ColumbiaWe know, we know. Halloween hasn't happened yet, but we don't want to lose sight of the fact that November 1 (aka the first day when it's socially acceptable to blast Xmas music 24/7) is also fast approaching.

To help you prep for two months of feeling nothing but jolly, we've rounded up 10 of the best Christmas albums (and songs!) of all time. Check them out below!


12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat
1. Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red
Standout Tune:
"Underneath the Tree" - An original that merges the familiar bells and sounds of classic Christmas songs with Kelly's trademark belty and raspy refrains. The girl can seriously do no wrong. 

12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat2. Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
Standout Tune:
 "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" - No "All I Want For Xmas Is You?" Blasphemy! While we certainly appreciate our favorite diva's signature holiday song, nothing compares to the power vocals of the elusive chanteuse in her prime. This song captures everything we love(d) about soulful Mariah, who made hitting high C's look as easy as pumpkin pie.

12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat
3. Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas
Standout Tune:
 "White Christmas" - Oh, Bing. How he has us Southerners and Californians longing for a snowy 25th. It's all in the vibrato.  

12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat
4. Brian McKnight - Bethlehem
Standout Tune:
 "Christmastime Is Here" - We're going to cheat a little and pull a song from the Charlie Brown Christmas album with this stripped down version of McKnight's best. Who knew Christmastime could be so...sexy? Does this song not make you want to drink eggnog by an open fire while naked on a bearskin rug? There's just something about that piano and overall jazzy vibe. 

12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat5. Whitney Houston - One Wish: The Holiday Album
Standout Tune:
"Joy to the World" - If anyone's going to make you raise your hand in the air and yell "PRAISE THE BIRTH OF JESUS!," it's Whitney. This gospel interpretation, made possible by The Georgia Mass Choir, will rid you of any having-to-deal-with-the-in-laws demons and possess you with the holiday spirit. It's an Xmas album miracle!

12 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat6. Celine Dion - These Are Special Nights
Standout Tune:
"Oh Holy Night" - Celine's take on the Christmas classic is probably the most vocally impressive of the bunch. We don't think the night could get any holier after the Canadian with the killer voice simply slays it. Those last notes? She holds them out longer than a kid's bedtime on Xmas Eve.


10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat
7. Christina Aguilera - My Kind of Christmas
Standout Tune
: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas" - Head voice and trademark Xtina belts galore with this beautiful track that concentrates solely on her powerhouse vocals. We can just envision the 2000 version of the pop star doing the one hand against the ear/finger pointing move that singers do when hitting the crazy high notes. Perhaps while wearing a Santa hat and not her "Dirrrty" chaps, though. 

10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat8. *NSYNC - Home for Christmas
Standout Tune: "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" - Let's face it, this album is one of the best Christmas albums of all time. The boys' harmonies are on point and we love their stripped down a cappella version of "Oh Holy Night" (Kudos to Chris Kirkpatrick for that silky smooth falsetto). This song is what really puts us in the spirit, though. Because nothing screams "Happy Holidays!" like Justin's jheri curls. 


10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat9. Martina McBride - White Christmas
Standout Tune:
"O Come All Ye Faithful" - We needed to throw some country in the mix and Martina takes the fruitcake when it comes to raw, Xmas song talent. Her version of this classic song is simple, memorable, and even a little haunting. Also, the harp appropriately accompanies her angelic and crisp voice. Thank you, Martina, for making us have "faith" in knowing that there are still quality singers who don't need auto-tune. 

10 Christmas Albums That Should Be Ready to Play on Repeat10. Andy Williams - The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Standout Tune:
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Does this really need an explanation? This song is known to cause shoppers to skip through Macy's. We love it. The end. 

There are far too many amazing Christmas albums that didn't make this list. We'd also like to recommend the following: 

Nat King Cole - The Magic of Christmas
Burl Ives - Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Michael Buble - Christmas
Linda Eder - Christmas Stays the Same
Toni Braxton - Snowflakes
Amy Grant - Home for Christmas
Josh Groban - Noel

Did we forget any of your faves? Sound off in the comment section below. Oh, and happy holidays!
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