The Best of Christmas Music

Sick of digging through Christmas albums by every Tom, Dick and Harry? Disturbed by the number of Pop bands churning out second-rate Christmas tributes. We've dug through all the old classics to give you an idea of what you should be listening to this season. Most of the albums here are already familiar in that their songs have been lifted for many movies, ranging from Home Alone to Die Hard.

Nat King Cole - The Christmas Song

Nat's voice is immaculate. This album incites all sorts of Christmas memories with fourteen traditional carols. Consider this one a necessary staple of your holiday listening.

Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas

This one's for the kids more than anything. Well, actually, it's more for the people who were kids during the early eighties. Children nowadays may not have any idea who Alvin and the Chipmunks were. The album is silly and fun, but still a great album nonetheless. (Also: If you owned the vinyl, did you play it on slow speed to hear that the voice of Alvin is done by the same guy who did Dave?)

A Carpenter's Christmas

Karen Carpenter has probably one of the best voices that I've heard in a long time. This collection is vast and impressive. With the re-editioning of the album with tracks that weren't released originally, this album makes a great addition to any music fan's collection.

Charlie Brown Christmas

Vince Guaraldi's masterpiece is now synonymous with Charlie Brown. Tracks like Linus and Lucy are so ingrained in our culture that once we hear them, we think of the cartoon special we grew up watching. Even though Charles Shultz stated that he was ashamed at how rushed the special was, it is still a staple in all our holiday television watching.

Dr. Demento Presents...

If you've ever wanted an album with all of the novelty Christmas songs you hear on the radio, then this is it. With tracks from Cheech and Chong, Weird Al Yankovic and the McKenzie Brothers to name a few, you should get a good chuckle from this album. Also included are All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth and Grandma Got Run over by a Reindeer. If you love non-traditional Christmas songs, then scoop this one up.

Bing Crosby's White Christmas

There are very few albums that should be considered staples of Holiday music and this is one of them. Bing's wonderful voice covers everything from the title track to I'll Be Home For Christmas and Silver Bells. Also, expect some lesser know songs, at least to our generation, like Christmas in Killarney and Mele Kalikimaka.

Elvis' Christmas Album

How can you go wrong with Elvis? This is probably one of the only "rock and roll" Christmas albums that actually sounds good. Elvis' charming voice does these carols well. Who can forget his rendition of Blue Christmas? This is a must-have for all Elvis fans.

John Denver and the Muppets: A Chrismas Together

With the passing away of both John Denver and Muppets creator Jim Henson, this album really has a lot of sentimental value. If you grew up watching the television show or the movies, then you already know the characters. Although most of the songs are done with a sense of humor, a few heart-filled tracks try to give the album a good balance. Both The Twelve Days of Christmas and Little Saint Nick are funny, charming songs.

- - Vane

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