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Six Christmas Albums to Kick-Start the Season

by Maia Muttoo Dec 3, 2018

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Nothing says Christmas like jolly tunes floating through your headphones. Here are six Christmas albums to help you kick-start the holidays.

Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas (1994)

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It’s not Christmas if you aren’t blasting All I Want for Christmas Is You all season long.  There’s something on Mariah Carey’s debut Christmas album for everyone; it includes an impressive range of styles, from solemn ballads to upbeat pop.

Michael Bublé – Christmas (2011)

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You’ve probably heard Michael Bublé’s iconic Christmas album playing in your local coffee shop or bookstore. The smooth crooner’s tracklist features Shania Twain and the Puppini Sisters for a laidback vibe that makes great background music for baking sugar cookies.

Nat King Cole – The Nat King Cole Christmas Album (1960)

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This best-selling album gives you all the seasonal classics delivered by Nat King Cole’s soothing voice, making for a truly peaceful Christmas season.

Scrunter – De Parang Now Start (2009)

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In the Caribbean, especially in Trinidad and Tobago, the Christmas season means parang music. Scrunter’s 2009 album of island classics including De Parang Now Start, Piece Ah Pork, and Madame Jeffrey delivers festive rhythms that will have you shaking your maracas as you sing door to door.

Ariana Grande – Christmas & Chill (2015)

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Ariana Grande followed up her 2013 Christmas Kisses EP with 2015’s Christmas & Chill. It’s the ultimate holiday album for millennials, fusing pop with R&B for a modern collection of winter romance songs. Track Six, Winter Things, even gives a nod to warm-weather holidays that’s perfect for a sunny Caribbean Christmas.

The Jackson 5 – The Jackson 5 Christmas Album (1970)

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The Jackson 5’s Christmas album is beloved for its youthful cheer, superb original songs, and masterful covers. As Joshua Alston of the A.V. Club writes, it is: “a potent distillation of the spirit of Christmas, an album joyful enough to make [you] feel  like it’s the most wonderful time of the year rather than merely telling [you] so.”

From dressing the tree to cooking for the family, Christmas music makes any task more festive. Let these six albums get you in the spirit for the happiest season of all!

Sources: NPR, BBC, The A.V. Club, and All Music