The 35 Best Christmas Albums That Are Guaranteed to Spread Cheer

It's never too early for holiday tunes.

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From timeless classics like A Charlie Brown Christmas to modern renditions crooned by John Legend, these Christmas albums are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Blast them at this year's party while serving festive cocktails and a delicious Christmas dinner for a guaranteed good time.

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Best Christmas Albums Michael Buble Christmas
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Michael Bublé Christmas

A mix of jazzy ballads and soulful duets, Michael Bublé Christmas features something everyone can enjoy. Just be prepared for repeat requests of his most iconic renditions, including "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas," "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "White Christmas."

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Best Christmas Albums A Legendary Christmas
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A Legendary Christmas by John Legend

John Legend's newly released A Legendary Christmas offers an upbeat and refreshing twist on Christmas classics like "Silver Bells" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Though slightly untraditional, his utterly perfect voice makes each and every song in this album sound like it was gifted from holiday angels.

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Best Christmas Albums A Pentatonix Christmas
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A Pentatonix Christmas



This five-member a cappella group has produced some of the best Christmas songs of all time, like their angelic renditions of "Silent Night" and "Hallelujah."

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Best Christmas Albums James Brown's Funky Christmas
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James Brown's Funky Christmas

Have yourself a funky little Christmas by blasting this album by the Godfather of Soul himself.

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Best Christmas Albums Under the Mistletoe Justin Bieber
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Under the Mistletoe by Justin Bieber

Biebs has been laying low since Purpose was released in 2015, but this classic Christmas album lives on as a holiday favorite to his dedicated fans.

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Best Christmas Albums - Glee Christmas
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Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album

While the Glee cast has an array of holiday albums, their first is arguably the best. Darren Criss and Chris Colfer make us swoon with their rendition of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" while Lea Michele and Cory Monteith channel all the feelings in "Last Christmas."

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Best Christmas Albums Johnny Cash, Christmas with Johnny Cash
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Christmas with Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash recorded many Christmas albums throughout his career, but this 2003 record, released four days after his death, may have best captured his soul. The final song, "Christmas As I Knew It," is the album's only unreleased track, and it's the most moving — it features a poem from his childhood and a glimpse into Johnny's life before he changed all of ours.

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Best Christmas Albums Ella Fitzgerald Christmas
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A Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald

Liven up the holiday festivities with the queen of jazz. "The First Lady of Song" shares her contagious spirit and brings a soulful spin to classics such as "Jingle Bells" and "Winter Wonderland." Drawn-out phrases and spirited exclamations create an unparalleled album for a Christmas that's as iconic as she is.

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Best Christmas Albums Elvis' Christmas Album
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Elvis' Christmas Album


Say hello to the original Elvis' Christmas Album. Part rock, part blues, and distinctively Elvis, some say this is the only album from which fans can still get a glimpse into his early artistic inspiration. Fan favorites: "Blue Christmas," "Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)," and "Santa Claus is Back in Town."

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Best Christmas Albums Beach Boys
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Christmas with the Beach Boys

Sleigh bells are the background instrument of choice in most of the fun-in-the-sun Beach Boys hits — so really, we should have known they'd create a memorable Christmas album, clearly longing for a winter wonderland. The most famously broadcast hits from this CD are the 1967 singles "Little Saint Nick" and "Merry Christmas, Baby."

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Best Christmas Albums Christmas Collections
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Christmas Collection by The Carpenters

Although some say the double-disc is exactly what's to be expected from Karen's sweet voice and Richard's "famously light, inoffensive arrangements," it's also noted that these recordings caught the singer's vocals in their prime. Best known hit: "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve."

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Best Christmas Albums A Charlie Brown Christmas
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A Charlie Brown Christmas by The Vince Guaraldi Trio

Peanuts creator Charles Schultz called on Vince Guaraldi and his trio to put together the musical soundtrack for his 1965 Christmas TV special, and the result couldn't have better illuminated the humor, simplicity, and innocence of . The timeless album wouldn't be complete without "Skating," the familiar accompaniment to falling snowflakes.

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Best Christmas Albums Mariah Carey Merry Christmas
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Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey

It just doesn't feel like Christmas until this album is playing, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a girl who couldn't recite Mariah's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" by heart. Props to her for sharing Christmas-album royalties with music icons Nat King Cole, "The King" himself, and Vince Guaraldi.

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Best Christmas Albums - NSYNC Home for Christmas
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*NSYNC Home for Christmas

This Christmas album is a dream for anyone who loves reliving the '90s. There's no way you'll be able to stop yourself from playing, "Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" at least twice.

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Best Christmas Albums Christmas With The Chipmunks
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Christmas With the Chipmunks

Alvin, Simon, Theodore! The smiling chipmunks came along in the '60s thanks to Ross Bagdasarian's fluke tape-speed experiment, and "The Chipmunks Song" has since become legendary. Other goodies: "Frosty the Snowman" and "Here Comes Santa Claus."

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Best Christmas Albums - Christmas With Weezer
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Christmas with Weezer

Known for their 2005 hit single, "Beverly Hills," Weezer puts a rock-centric spin on their own six-track holiday album.

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Best Christmas Albums The Best of Jackson 5: The Christmas Collection by Jackson 5
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The Best of Jackson 5: The Christmas Collection

When we think J5, we think novelty, a tornado of energy, and little-boy brilliance. The boy-band quintet (young Michael Jackson and brothers Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, and Marlon) lives up to standards on their Christmas album, encouraging you to get up and groove (with '70s-style moves) to "Up on the Housetop."

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Best Christmas Albums A Christmas Album
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A Christmas Album by Barbra Streisand

Barbara, for the most part, keeps her Christmas recordings true to classics. Don't worry though: While she momentarily tames her grandiose personality, there are occasional snippets of humor, such as in "Jingle Bells," a race to the end.

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Best Christmas Albums The Spirit of Christmas by Ray Charles
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The Spirit of Christmas by Ray Charles

Mmmm — soulful and gravelly, this Christmas album delivers the exact sound you'd expect from the legendary Ray Charles. His only recorded holiday album, this 1985 release is sure to give you the holiday fuzzies while you wrap gifts — you can practically hear him smiling during "Winter Wonderland" and his "Baby, It's Cold Outside" duet with Betty Carter.

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Best Christmas Albums The Best of Stevie Wonder: The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters by Stevie Wonder
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The Best of Stevie Wonder - The Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters

Stevie's voice bellows young and sweet from these lullaby-like carols that were originally recorded in 1967. The new collection adds two tracks, but fan favorites like "Someday at Christmas" and "Ave Maria" remain.

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Best Christmas Albums O Holy Night
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O Holy Night by Luciano Pavarotti

If you're an opera devotee, Pavarotti brings together an unbelievable entourage of talent, including Kurt Herbert Adler, the Wandsworth Boys Choir, and Russell Burgess, for an emotional and romantic compilation of holiday music. Think of a rela snowy Christmas Eve, the familiar smell of Mom's favorite candle, and a sparkling tree.

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Best Christmas Albums - The Magic of Christmas Nat King Cole
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The Magic of Christmas With Nat King Cole

A dad to Natalie, King Cole has a voice that can soothe any child's soul. He brings a fun and bubbly side to many tracks on this Christmas album, but he also casts a captivating spell on classics like "Silent Night."

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Best Christmas Albums A Christmas Album by Amy Grant
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A Christmas Album by Amy Grant

Amy's Christian roots hold strong throughout her first Christmas album, on which she co-authored four songs (including the popular "Tennessee Christmas"). The album, recorded when Amy was only 22, is deemed ambitious by some, but a classic by most.

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Best Christmas Albums Christmas by Michael W. Smith
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Christmas by Michael W. Smith

Released in 1989, this album emerged unexpectedly in between Michael's Christian-rock and contemporary era. The disc is highly acclaimed for its dramatic and grandiose instrumentals and its pull away from trend.

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When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick Jr.
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When My Heart Finds Christmas by Harry Connick Jr.

Harry carries a heavy load of talent, yet his singing comes across fairly fluffy and light on this '93 jazz release. With his charm in full swing, Harry lights up many holiday spirits with this album. Just listen to the upbeat and seriously cute, "(It Must've Been Ol') Santa Claus" for proof.

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Best Christmas Albums James Taylor at Christmas
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James Taylor At Christmas

Released in 2006, Taylor's silky, bring-me-back vocals sound just as fluid they were back in the '70s. Although the CD is mostly made up of traditional hits, he adds his own jazzy and soulful twists to a few tracks, even teaming up with Natalie Cole for "Baby, It's Cold Outside."

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Best Christmas Albums White Christmas by Bing Crosby
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White Christmas by Bing Crosby

Bing's voice is rich and unforgettable. The recordings, most originally completed in the '40s, are crackly and the arrangements are outdated. But the scratchy changes in pitch are what carries the charm and appeal for Christmas-music lovers now, and the main reason "White Christmas" is on repeat in every home.

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Best Christmas Albums Frank Sinatra Christmas
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Frank Sinatra Christmas

Frank, unlike other artists, leaves classic Christmas carols untouched for this album. At least, he does for the most part — you can find his characteristically sly touch on two notable songs, "The Christmas Waltz" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear."

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Best Christmas Albums The Best of Temptations Christmas
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The Best of Temptations Christmas

Recognized mostly for soulful R&B hits like "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," The Temptations similarly shine on Christmas hits, including "Everything for Christmas," "The Christmas Song," and "Silent Night." Let one of the most inspired bands from the '60s, '70s, and '80s ignite happy holiday memories.

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Best Christmas Albums A Christmas Gift for You by Phil Spector
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A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector

The talented producer, best known for his work with the girl groups of the early '60s (Ronettes, Crystals), created a compilation Christmas album in 1963 that is still regarded as one of the best in rock 'n' roll. Spector also ignited what insiders call "the wall of sound," which describes his layered, elaborate, nearly symphonic arrangements. Fan favorites: The Crystals' "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," The Ronettes' "Sleigh Ride" and Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)."

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