5 Christmas Albums You’ve Gotta Check Out This Season

We all love to get down this holiday season - heres some jams that will suit all kinds of Christmas fanatics.

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We all love to get down this holiday season – here’s some jams that will suit all kinds of Christmas fanatics.

Morgan Gallagher, Staff Writer

Elvis’ Christmas Album – Elvis Presley – 1957

Track List 

  1. Santa Claus Is Back in Town
  2. White Christmas
  3. Here Comes Santa Claus
  4. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  5. Blue Christmas
  6. Santa Bring Me My Baby Back
  7. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
  8. Silent Night
  9. (There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley
  10. I Believe
  11. Take My Hand Precious Lord
  12. It’s No Secret (What God Can Do)

What’s the best way to pump even more life into Christmas? The King Of Rock & Roll. If Elvis Presley’s swinging baritone can inspire a whole generation of 50s teens AND influence the future punk rock movement, there’s no doubt that the King can rule a Christmas collection. What else can Elvis do besides inadvertently evoking fear in the parents of both the greasers and the punks? Spread holiday cheer! Elvis’ Christmas Album brings holiday favorites like “Silent Night”, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem”, and “Here Comes Santa Claus” to cater to a more traditional liking, but adds a special Presley twist with “Santa Bring My Baby Back”, and “I Believe”. As the tracks sway through the mellow tunes of Elvis’ White Christmas/Blue Christmas, it’ll be easy to get into the spirit this season.


The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album – The Beach Boys – 1964

Track List 

  1. Little Saint Nick
  2. The Man With All The Toys
  3. Santa’s Beard
  4. Merry Christmas, Baby
  5. Christmas Day
  6. Frosty the Snowman
  7. We Three Kings of Orient Are
  8. Blue Christmas
  9. Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  10. White Christmas
  11. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
  12. Auld Lang Syne

Everyone’s familiar with the 60s-styled background “ooooo’s” of the Beach Boy’s “Little Saint Nick” that comes around every holiday season. Fortunately for many who appreciate the rise of surf-pop-rock, these revolutionary board-short wearers made an entire album of Christmas tunes. With a collection of 12 songs, there’s no need to miss the warm weather – The Beach Boys bring it right back, and you don’t have to lose the cheer. The Beach Boys bring a fun twist to “Frosty the Snowman” and pass their own 60s pep onto “Santa’s Beard” and “The Man With All the Toys”. Cmon, just check out the album cover! How obvious can it be that these dudes don’t normally wear dad sweaters? Pretty obvious. But, if you give it a listen, I’m sure you’ll find that the Beach Boys know how to do Christmas more than their sweaters let on.

The Classic Christmas 80s Album – Various Artists – 2015

Track List

  1. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  2. Last Christmas – Wham!
  3. Hazy Shade of Winter – The Bangles
  4. Christmas in Hollis – Run-D.M.C
  5. Jingle Bell Rock – Daryl Hall & John Oates
  6. Do You Hear What I Hear? – Whitney Houston
  7. Christmas is a Time to Say “I Love You” – Billy Squier
  8. Run Rudolph Run – Dave Edmunds
  9. Zat You Santa Claus – Buster Poindexter and His Banshees of Blue
  10. Santa Claus is Coming to Town – The Pointer Sisters
  11. Christmas Time is Here – Ray Parker, Jr.
  12. This One’s for the Children – The New Kids on The Block
  13. Slick Nick, You Devil You – Fishbone
  14. Silent Night – The Hooters

You turn on the radio, unable to suppress a sigh as those soft, choir-based Christmas hymns trickle through the speakers. C’mon, this is the holiday season, there’s no time for classic orchestra. We’re looking for something with as much moxie as Madonna’s style or Slash’s hair. These Christmas tunes, artfully composed by groups like Wham!, New Kids on The Block and Billy Squier add a huge influence to the feeling of the holidays. As most of the songs on The Classic Christmas 80s Album aren’t covers of classics (despite a select few), the effect of new & fun songs can make Christmas that much more memorable, as these tunes have done for the past 4 decades.

Christmas Songs – Bad Religion – 2013

Track List

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. O Come All Ye Faithful
  3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  4. White Christmas
  5. Little Drummer Boy
  6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  7. What Child Is This?
  8. Angels We Have Heard on High
  9. American Jesus – Andy Wallace Mix

Do you find yourself yearning for Christmas cheer, but just can’t find a way to put away your overwhelming sense of melodic hardcore-ness? No need to reluctantly turn the radio dial to 100.3 WNIC and try to tough it out, here’s something for you. What’s the matter? Didn’t think Bad Religion would have it in them? Fortunately, this is punk rock we’re talking about; there are no weaknesses. Especially when it comes to some HARDCORE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT. Christmas Songs includes mostly prominent classics as well as Bad Religion’s own “American Jesus”. Think of the typical, harmonious, choir-like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, and “Little Drummer Boy”, add in some fast guitar riffs, then have Greg Graffin’s punk-hardcore vocals slash through the softness, and voila, you’ve got Bad Religion’s Christmas Songs. Headbang and enjoy.

That’s Christmas To Me – Pentatonix – 2015

Track List

  1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  2. White Winter Hymnal
  3. Sleigh Ride
  4. Winter Wonderland/ Don’t Worry Be Happy
  5. That’s Christmas to Me
  6. Mary, Did You Know?
  7. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
  8. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  9. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
  10. Silent Night
  11. Let It Go – Bonus Track
  12. Joy to the World
  13. Just For Now
  14. The First Noel
  15. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  16. Mary, Did You Know? (feat. The String Mob)

If you’re looking for an interesting and modern twist on Christmas, then this is the perfect album for you. It’s brand-new to the 2015 holiday season and has found well-earned  success so far. Pentatonix, for those who aren’t familiar, are an acapella group. This means that there’s close to no instruments in their music- just voices. And I’ve gotta say, if they can absolutely kill “Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy” – a purely instrumental song – WITHOUT instruments, this album’s worth a listen. For the Disney’s Frozen fans (the remaining of you surviving, that is), Pentatonix mixes up their own version just as magical as Idina Menzel. That’s Christmas To Me puts a unique spin on each traditional christmas song, and dare I say, it might work even better than the ones we’re all used to. The group includes some incredible voice talents, and definitely adds some spunk to the holidays.