As more and more new Christmas music comes out each year, we can’t forget about the good old stuff. Add these to your Christmas music library for a well-rounded selection.
10. Elvis Presley: Elvis Christmas
You pretty much need an Elvis album in your Christmas music collection. Some of the songs on this album are a little strange, but it’s worth it if only for the extremely Elvis-y Blue Christmas and Here Comes Santa Claus.
9. Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra
Frank singing classic Christmas tunes. Can’t go wrong with that!
8. Christmas With The Rat Pack
Who doesn’t love the Rat Pack? They’re certainly entertaining and there aren’t many other Christmas albums featuring drunk, middle aged men forgetting the words to Christmas songs. Best song: “Marshmallow World.”
7. Nat King Cole: Christmas For Kids: From One To Ninety-Two
I discovered this album when I worked at Zany Brainy and we played it all Christmas. It has lots of happy songs that you won’t find on a lot of the usual Christmas albums. And Nat King Cole has a great Christmas song voice.
6. Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas
First of all, I love when Ella wishes me a swinging Christmas. Her voice is unique and every song is a winner. Best song: “Sleigh Ride.”
5. Andy Williams: Merry Christmas
Listen, Andy Williams is Christmas. His version of “Sleigh Ride” on this album is disturbingly ’60s and makes me want to do a weird Ann Margret dance, but I cannot stop listening!
4. Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song
For those of you who need more traditional Christmas songs, this is the perfect album.
3. A Charlie Brown Christmas
This one is so amazing that I listen to it year round. The piano is fantastic and it’s just an all around feel good album. I especially love “My Little Drum.”
2. Bing Crosby: White Christmas AND Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
Yes, these are two albums, but some songs overlap and they really should be one album. Bing and the Andrews Sisters are just fabulous together and very old-timey. I especially love “Jingle Bells.”
1. Andy Williams: The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Yes, this is the best Christmas album of all time. It has everything-all your favorite classics plus the weird ’60s influences we’ve come to know and love from Andy. Buy it now before Christmas is over!
And an honorable mention goes to a completely amazing remix of “Happy Holiday” by Bing Crosby. I want to dance every time I hear it.