1. Wrapped in Red – Kelly Clarkson
Once you listen to Kelly Clarkson’s latest album, you will have no doubts that this is latest Christmas classic. This album trumps previous number one, Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas.” “Wrapped” has all the makings of a perfect Christmas album: classic yet contemporary, festive and soulful, this new standard will be spreading like wildfire for years to come. Have you gotten your copy yet?
Check these out: “Run Run Rudolph,” “Blue Christmas,” “My Favorite Things”
2. Christmas – Michael Bublé
The Canadian crooner has also mastered the art of crafting a perfectly timeless Christmas album, which few have done. While he maintained his number two place from last year, he was finally able to beat out Mariah’s first Christmas which set the bar impossibly high. Yet another timeless collection of songs, this album will likely be held up against Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” and Nat “King” Cole’s “The Christmas Song” as essentials for the holiday season.
Check these out: “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
3. Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey
This gem is the gift that keeps on giving. Released almost twenty years ago, it still manages to chart high on the Billboard 200 album chart every Christmas season. While it falls to number three this year, it still remains as inspiration for current artists as well as a staple for the Christmas season.
Check these out: “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” “Miss You Most (At Christmas Time),” “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”
4. ReJoyce: The Christmas Album – Jessica Simpson
It’s no secret that Jessica Simpson loves Christmas. As soon as you press play on her first holiday collection, her enthusiasm nearly slaps you in the face. Jessica shows off her impressive range over raging horns and triumphant and playful music. This album is bound to put you in a good mood and set the festive atmosphere.
Check these out: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (feat. Nick Lachey), “What Christmas Means to Me,” “Breath of Heaven (Mary’s Song)”
5. Christmas from the Heart – David Archuleta
David Archuleta shows off his faith as well as his incredible voice on this Christmas collection. Likely not his last Christmas album, the American Idol runner-up has crafted a beautiful masterpiece.
Check these out: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (feat. Charice Pempengco), “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Melodies of Christmas”
6. My Kind of Christmas – Christina Aguilera
Likely just a marketing tactic to take advantage of Christina Aguilera’s debut, “My Kind of Christmas” is still a powerful and thrilling collection of holiday classics and a few originals that people of all ages will love. At times she does oversing a few songs, as she shows off her full four octave range, she does have moments that are simply breathtakingly beautiful.
Check these out: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “The Christmas Song”
7. Happy Christmas… – Jessica Simpson
On her second Christmas album, Jessica tones down the all-out celebration that was present on her first album and sticks to mostly classics. While she remains more mellow, the emotion and passion she has for the holiday season shines through tenfold.
Check these out: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” “Mary, Did You Know?” “Carol of the Bells”
8. Let It Snow! – Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé’s first holiday offering was a tease of what the crooner would do on a full-fledged holiday release (which, luckily he put out in 2011). Sticking strictly to the standards, Bublé makes us thankful that amongst all the synthesized pop music, we still have a classic singer than can really make girls swoon.
Check these out: “The Christmas Song,” “Grown-Up Christmas List”
9. These Are Special Times – Celine Dion
Grammy award winning singer, Celine Dion wows fans with this full-length Christmas release. Each song is crafted with grace and sung beautifully, making each listener feel the true meaning of Christmas. Jumping ten spots from last year shows that this album is a slow-cooker. Give it some time before you make your judgement.
Check these out: “Blue Christmas,” “The Prayer” (feat. Andrea Bocelli), “Christmas Eve”
10. Cee Lo’s Magic Moment – Cee-Lo Green
The biggest surprise of last Christmas, Cee Lo Green shows that he’s not just a coy songwriter for cleverly blunt pop songs, but also a great vocal performer capable of delivering a powerful holiday album. The album cover is still a bit strange, but the music is certainly on-point. Teaming up with his Voice co-star, Christina Aguilera as well as Barry Manilow, Straight No Chaser, and Disney’s The Muppets, Cee Lo isn’t alone in celebrating the Christmas season.
Check these out: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” (feat. Christina Aguilera), “Run Rudolph Run,” “Merry Christmas, Baby” (feat. Barry Manilow and Trombone Shorty)