Christmas Albums Through the Years

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  • "The Christmas Song"

    "The Christmas Song"
    Written by Mel Tome and Bob Wells, the song, commonly referred to as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire", was the first widely released Christmas song when the Nat King Cole Trio debuted the tune on Capitol Records.
  • Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas

    Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas
    Has sold over 15 Million albums since being released in the forties, second only to Elvis Presley's 1957 Christmas album.
  • A Jolly Christmas With Frank Sinatra

    A Jolly Christmas With Frank Sinatra
    Released by Capitol Records in 1957, Old Blue Eyes shines on his first full-length Christmas album accompanied by an orchestra directed by Gordon Jenkins.
  • Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album

    Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album
    The best-selling Christmas album in American music history, Elvis' rendition of holiday classics sold over 13 million units and caused some controversy when Irving Berlin took exception to the way Presley performed his tunes.
  • Dean Martin - A Winter Romance

    Dean Martin - A Winter Romance
    The first Holiday-themed album by Dean Martin for Capitol records.
  • Duke Ellington - The Nutcracker Suite

    Duke Ellington - The Nutcracker Suite
    This was bandleader Duke Ellington's first release of a Christmas album and heavily featured jazzy renditions of classic songs.
  • Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas

    Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas
    The first jazz-themed Christmas-time album to hit the shelves. It was also the only album of its kind that Fitzgerald recorded.
  • Christmas With The Chipmunks

    Christmas With The Chipmunks
    Perhaps one of the most nostalgic of all Christmas albums was the one mimicking the high-pitched voices of Alvin and the Chipmunks on the 1961 release of Christmas music under that piercing trio of voices.
  • The Beach Boys Christmas Album

    The Beach Boys Christmas Album
    The Beach Boys jumped on the burgeoning Christmas album bandwagon in 1964 with their playful tunes to the classics.
  • Loretta Lynn - A Country Christmas

    Loretta Lynn - A Country Christmas
    One of the first country-themed Christmas albums to be released, Loretta Lynn blazed the way for the likes of Gerth Brooks after her on this debut holiday project.
  • The Johnny Cash Family Christmas

    The Johnny Cash Family Christmas
    The foray by Johnny Cash into the holiday music scene made him a veteran in the genre having released The Christmas Spirit in 1963.
  • A Motown Christmas

    A Motown Christmas
    Detroit's free-wheeling soul explosion took to the holiday genre in 1973 with this offering featuring the likes of Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, The Jackson 5 and The Supremes among others.
  • John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together

    John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together
    John Denver's third Christmas album paired him with the popular characters from the Muppets variety show. It was a further step toward the commercialization of the Christmas album as it cross-promoted across tv and music.
  • George Winston - December

    George Winston - December
  • The Christmas Album - Al Green

    The Christmas Album - Al Green
    Al Green gives listeners the gift of his versions of classic Christmas songs.
  • Garth Brooks - Beyond The Season

    Garth Brooks - Beyond The Season
  • Boyz II Men - Christmas Interpretations

    Boyz II Men - Christmas Interpretations
    Boyz II Men brought Christmas to contemporary R&B with their "interpretation" of the classics along with some new tracks.
  • Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas

    Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
    Produced the worldwide classic single, "All I Want for Christmas Is You", which became the best-selling holiday ringtone in the U.S. The album sold 5,120,000 copies in the United States. aand has been certified five-times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipment of five million copies. in the United States.[4]
  • Luther Vandross - This Is Christmas

    Luther Vandross - This Is Christmas
    Luther Vandross lends his baritone to Christmas hits.
  • Christmas on Death Row

    Christmas on Death Row
    Gangsta rap's move into holiday music culminated in this album released in 1996 under the Death Row imprint. he likes of Snoop Dogg, Danny Boy, Tha Dogg Pound and the late Nate Dogg spin tales of yule and merriment in a bit of a different theme. My favorite line from the album, “I saw Santa on the top of my crib so I grabbed my glock and did my bid, kid.” Classic.
  • NSync - Home For Christmas

    NSync - Home For Christmas
    One of the most obvious commercial ploys in history the boy band took on familiar Christmas songs while mixing them with ear screeching renditions of their own songs. NSync made a lot of money and we were stuck with a larger Christmas song catalog.
  • Toni Braxton - Snowflakes

    Toni Braxton - Snowflakes
  • A Christmas Album - Bright Eyes

    A Christmas Album - Bright Eyes
    The indie band took a stab at Christmas tunes early into the new millennium to fairly good reviews.
  • Lee Ann Womack - The Season For Romance

    Lee Ann Womack - The Season For Romance
  • James Taylor at Christmas

    James Taylor at Christmas
  • Andrea Boccelli - My Christmas

    Andrea Boccelli - My Christmas
  • NOW! That's What I Call Music: Christmas 4

    NOW! That's What I Call Music: Christmas 4
    The fourth edition in the most commercialized album series in the history of the world, it was only a matter of time before there was a Christmas Now!
  • Under The Mistletoe - Justin Bieber

    Under The Mistletoe - Justin Bieber
    Following in the traditional path of earlier artists similar to him (see NSync) Bieber released a Christmas album in the winter of 2011 to glowing reviews, a release and concert on the Today show and several music videos and a tour. A great way for the Biebs to pocket some extra spending money.
  • Michael Buble - Christmas

    Michael Buble - Christmas
    Buble challenges Bieber's stake to the Christmas Crown of 2011 with his release aptly named Christmas.