Check out some of the new Christmas albums of 2010. Since hearing the same Christmas songs by the same artists on the radio year after might make you lose your holiday cheer, these new Christmas albums of 2010 might help you find it again:
“Merry Christmas II You” – Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey has a wonderful voice for singing Christmas songs, so it’s no wonder the diva with a bundle of joy on the way is trying to bring her fans more Christmas joy with a followup to her successful 1994 Christmas album. “Merry Christmas II You” hit stores earlier in November and features new versions of some of the same songs featured on her previous holiday album, as well as a few new surprises (including new holiday hit “Oh Santa!”). And to ensure that it becomes one of the best-selling Christmas albums of 2010, she’ll being singing a few favorite holiday songs for the ABC Christmas music special “Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You” on December 13th.
“The Gift” – Susan Boyle
Famous faces from TV have been doing an excellent job when it comes to 2010 Christmas albums, as Susan Boyle uses her amazing gift to keep her Christmas album at the top of the Billboard charts. So if you’re looking for classic Christmas songs that will move you, check out her take on tunes like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “O Holy Night”. And here’s one fun thing to listen for: Susan Boyle’s “Do You Hear What I Hear?” featuring Amber Stassi, the winner of YouTube competition “Susan’s Search”.
“O Holy Night” – Jackie Evancho
Another reality TV star whose voice has also touched many through YouTube, ‘America’s Got Talent’ runner-up Jackie Evancho lends her angelic voice to another of the Christmas albums of 2010 doing very well on the Billboard charts. In fact, she recently made history debuting at number two on the Billboard 200, becoming the youngest artist in history to have an album in the top ten. The songs included on her album are “O Holy Night”, “Silent Night”, “Pie Jesu” and “Panis Angelicus” (the last two are songs she performed on ‘America’s Got Talent’). The two-disc set also includes a DVD featuring her ‘America’s Got Talent’ performances.
“Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album”
And here’s one of the Christmas albums of 2010 that makes the perfect early Christmas present for your favorite Gleek. It wouldn’t be a Glee CD without a fun music mashup, so fans are in for a real treat with “Deck the Rooftop” (a “Deck the Halls” and “Up on the Rooftop” combo). There are a few classic staples like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “Angels we Have Heard on High”, but some other high points include “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and the perfect theme song for Sue Sylvester, “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch”.
“Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In”
If you’re bored with the upteenth volume of “NOW That’s What I Call Christmas” (this year’s edition features artists like Rihanna, Britney Spears, Carrie Underwood, and Maroon 5, to name a few), here’s another of the Christmas albums of 2010 featuring various artists. You gotta love that this 21-track set includes Devo’s “Merry Something to You”, a live version of The Flaming Lips singing “The Little Drummer Boy”, and Neil Young lending his vocals to “les Trois Cloches”. So if you’re looking for unique Christmas albums for 2010, this one is definitely worth checking out.
“A Christmas Cornucopia” – Annie Lennox
And for another of the Christmas albums of 2010 with a fresh take on the holiday, check out the new album from Annie Lennox meant to be enjoyed by all. Lennox isn’t a Christian herself, so she hopes that everyone, no matter what their religion, will find something meaningful to them within her covers of classics like “Silent Night” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. But more intriguing are some lesser-known hymns she has included, such as “Lullay Lullay”, “The Holy and the Ivy”, “As Joseph Was Walking”, and “See Amid The Winter’s Snow”. She also includes her original composition “Universal Child”, a fitting ending for the album, which contains some background vocals from an African children’s choir and the sounds of African drums. And in the spirit of giving, royalties from the sales of the album will go to needy children in Africa and elsewhere around the world. So again, if you’re looking for interesting Christmas albums that are new in 2010, this one is definitely worth giving a listen.
A few other Christmas albums of 2010 topping the holiday Billboard charts that might be worth checking out are Christian musician Chris Tomlin’s “Glory in the Highest: Christmas Songs”; country musician Lady Antebellum’s “A Merry Little Christmas”; adult contemporary artist Andrea Bocelli’s “My Christmas”; pop artist Josh Groban’s “Noel”; and jazz/classical band Pink Maritini’s “Joy to the World”. So no matter what you’re musical tastes (or religion), there’s sure to be some new holiday albums of 2010 to keep you from falling prey to Christmas radio overkill.