by Natalie Dest
Nov. 1 marks the beginning of holiday music season. Whether you actively seek out Christmas tunes or hear them while shopping and in the car, it seems as though people are looking for ways to begin celebrating earlier and earlier.
Although this may be slightly annoying to some, it’s hard to resist the natural nostalgic feelings of the holiday when certain Christmas classics play. While you’re decorating the tree, drinking hot cocoa or hanging up the family stockings, why not listen to the sounds of some of the best Christmas albums.
Rarely does the average person associate the season of Christmas with the sandy beaches of California, except when they’re singing along to “Little Saint Nick” by no other than The Beach Boys. Starting off the “best of Christmas” list is the iconic boy band’s holiday album “Christmas with The Beach Boys.” These rock legends released this album back in 1964, which includes a mix of original Beach Boy songs, including surf rock riffs on classic Christmas melodies like “White Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” If you’re seeking an upbeat, funky, get-your-feet-moving holiday album, this one is worth taking a listen to.
Following The Beach Boys is another music legend, Elvis Presley, and his “Christmas Album.” “The King of Rock and Roll” takes first place for the best-selling Christmas album of all time, released back in 1957. This record mixes the King’s iconic blue musical roots aligned with slow, jazzy tempos that deliver the feeling of sitting by a fire while sipping hot chocolate. The holidays would not be complete without listening to the hit, “Blue Christmas.”
Fast forward to 2011, Michael Bublé’s album “Christmas” is the a holiday album to soothe the soul, all the while getting your holiday spirits high. Bublé’s voice is not one to be mistaken, his rich, deep vocals make each track unique. There is little new material on this album in terms of song choices, but he manages to put a romantic spin on each classic Christmas tune. Specifically, Bublé’s slower rendition of the Christmas anthem “All I Want for Christmas is You.”
Popstar, Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album, ranks at one of the most notable selling pop-Christmas albums of all time. Released back in 1994, Carey’s first-holiday record has always been in high demand, peaking at number three in its first week being released. The album includes the notorious “All I Want for Christmas is You,” which is considered a contemporary Christmas classic. This unforgettable song was first holiday song to sell a million digital downloads ever. If you’re looking for a pop-spin on classic Christmas tunes, this album is definitely the one to listen to.
The epitome of Christmas classics is an album by one of the most legendary singers ever, Nat King Cole. His record “The Christmas Song” compiles his best selections. Every track inspires nostalgia for Christmases past, as tunes including “Deck the Halls,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Caroling” are played.
Last but not least is one of the most notable Christmas artists, Bing Crosby and his original record entitled “White Christmas.” This collection of classic Christmas songs was released back in 1945, containing some of the greatest duets with both the Andrew Sisters and Carole Richards. It’s safe to say that this album is one that you always hear in the background during the holiday season but rarely attribute to Bing Crosby. Rememberable tracks such as “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Mele Kalikimaka,” have made this album the second highest selling Christmas album ever. His most famous track “White Christmas,” is still the best selling single ever, reaching sales in excess of 50 million.
Whether your holiday shopping, hanging decorations or gathered around with family, playing some of these classic Christmas albums will get you in the joyous mood. These albums can be foudn on Spotify, Apple Music or Youtube.