Tis the season…for a whole new set of Christmas music releases! This year, several musical artists are releasing all new holiday themed albums, with some all new songs as well as new renditions of Christmas classics. Here are some highlights:
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You
Sixteen years after releasing one of the most successful modern-day Christmas albums, Mariah Carey is back with another set of Christmas favorites plus a brand new track, “Oh, Santa.” Some of the newest renditions of holiday classics to appear on the album include “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, “The First Noel”, “Auld Lang Syne” and a festive reworking of her 1994 Christmas smash, “All I Want for Christmas is You.” Check out the full track listing on Mariah’s website here and preview “Oh Santa” here . Buy “Merry Christmas II You” here.
Glee- A Very Glee Christmas
The ever popular Gleesters have released an all new set of Christmas covers, including “O Christmas Tree”, “Jingle Bells”, “Last Christmas”, and more. Music superstar k.d. lang appears on the album performing “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” with Glee cast member Matthew Morrison. Check out a preview of the Christmas episode and album here. You can purchase “A Very Glee Christmas” at Amazon here.
Susan Boyle – The Gift
British singing phenom Susan Boyle will be releasing her second album, a follow-up to the hugely successful “I Dreamed a Dream.” “The Gift” is being billed as a “seasonal collection of holiday songs and inspirational pop covers”, including Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day”, Crowded Houses “Don’t Dream it’s Over”, Leonard Cohen’s “Halleluiah”, and Christmas classics like “O’ Holy Night”, “The First Noel”, and more. Check out “Perfect Day” here . You can purchase “The Gift” here.
Annie Lennox – A Christmas Cornucopia
Former Eurythmics lead singer Annie Lenox makes her first attempt at a holiday album, with personal interpretations of eleven traditional holiday songs, as well as a new original tune called “Universal Child.” Check it out here . You can buy it here.
Now That’s What I Call Christmas 4 – Various Artists
The popular CD series “Now That’s What I Call…” is back with an all new set of holiday songs from some of today’s hottest stars, including “A Child is Born” by Rihanna, “Silver Bells” by Martina McBride, “Christmas Tree” by Lady GaGa and much, much more. Buy “Now That’s What I Call Christmas 4” here.
Pink Martini – Joy to the World
World renowned music group Pink Martini interprets some Christmas ditties in their own unique style, with one all new original track. Check out the band’s smooth version of “Can You Hear What I Hear” here. Purchase “Joy to the World” here.
Here are more all new Christmas albums for the year 2010:
99 Must Have Christmas Meditation Classics – Various Artists
Christmas Music: A Fine Selection of Holiday Classics – Various Artists
Christmas in Harmony – Wilson Phillips
Christmas is the Time (To Say I Love You) – Katherine McPhee
You can purchase these CD’s and more at Amazon.com here.
See also Top Ten Christmas Song Countdown.
*Portions of this article have been previously published.