Wednesday, December 06, 2006

My Favorite Christmas Music

The holidays are fast approaching and if you're like me, you play CDs in your car more often than listen to the radio... Here are five great CDs to watch out for this Christmas season.

Jingle Bell Rock
Brenda Lee

This is just a classic Christmas album. Most of the renditions of the songs on this CD are the ones you'll hear on the radio in classic form: Jingle Bell Rock, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree and Winter Wonderland. Also included are some really great treasures like Strawberry Snow, A Marshmallow World and the sappy The Angel and the Little Blue Bell. You can usually find this one pretty cheap and it's really a must-have.

Brand New Year

A surprisingly really well-crafted album (the best of any album the trio have put out before or since), this CD puts new spins on classics like Jingle Bells, Deck the Halls (featured on Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas) and a Hark! the Herald Angels Sing/Carol of the Bells mix to great effect, but introduce some really fantastic songs like the jazzy Santa's Got A Brand New Bag and Tinseltown. This is probably my favorite Christmas CD.

Home For Christmas
Amy Grant

A few songs on Amy Grant's Christmas CD are watered-down versions of classics like Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, but she's provided some really powerful renditions of Emmanuel, God With Us and Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, as well as introducing the beautiful, emotional Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) and the definitive Grown-Up Christmas List.

Merry Christmas
Mariah Carey

Many people who aren't fans of Mariah Carey are surprised by how good this CD is. You've probably heard the best song the CD has to offer: All I Want For Christmas Is You, but hidden among the primarily choir-heavy tunes lie some other fantastic songs like Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) and my favorite versions of O Holy Night and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (mixed with Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)).

Christmas With the Chipmunks
The Chipmunks

I grew up listening to this CD and still really enjoy listening to the goofy songs like the classic The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late) and Frosty the Snowman. There are several versions of this CD available, so be sure to get the one with Up On the Rooftop, one of my favorites.

Other great Christmas songs out there (Look them up on I-tunes!):
All I Want For Christmas Is You - Vince Vance and the Valiants
Two-Step 'Round the Christmas Tree - Suzy Bogguss
Blue Christmas - Sheryl Crow
Sleigh Ride - Lorrie Morgan
My Favorite Things - Lorrie Morgan
Santa Baby - Mindy McCready
Silver Bells - Martina McBride
Ave Maria - Jewel

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