Even though I’ve posted festive tunes from Katy Perry and Meghan Trainor, I try not to listen to Christmas albums prior to American Thanksgiving. Now that the holidays have officially started, it’s time to overdose on all things Yuletide.
Every year, there’s always a whackload of new Christmas albums to choose from. Who doesn’t want a piece of that lucrative pie. Just ask Mariah Carey who’s made millions off her modern classic, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” If you’re looking to spice up your holiday playlist give these LPs that have recently dropped a listen. Jessie J, Samantha Jade and Ingrid Michaelson’s are my favorites, in case you were wondering.
Jessie J ‘This Christmas Day’
Jessie J throws her hat in the ring with her very first Christmas album which features one original track produced by Rodney Jerkins. If you’re a fan of Sam Smith, you’ll love “This Christmas Day.” It sounds an awful like Smith’s “Stay With Me.” Boyz II Men and Babyface pop up on “Winter Wonderland” and “The Christmas Song” respectively.
John Legend ‘A Legendary Christmas’
Legend gets bonus points for incorporating his surname on the album title. Like Jessie J, this is the 39-year-old singer’s first Christmas LP. Eight are Christmas classics with six being original tracks written by John. Stevie Wonder features on “What Christmas Means To Me” while Esperanza Spalding sings on “Have Yourself A Merry Christmas.” The album was executive-produced by neo-soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq. It’s already topped Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart.
Pentatonix ‘Christmas Is Here!’
The a cappella group now have a hat trick of holiday albums. This is their third. Clearly, they’re making money off them. If you’re a fan of the fivesome, then this one is for you.
RuPaul ‘Christmas Party’
Down for a kiki? RuPaul is here to satisfy your needs. It features remixes of Ru’s previously released holiday tracks, along with new songs “Christmas Queen” and “Hey Sis, It’s Christmas”.
Christmas Queens 4
If you’re a fan of Drag Race, this is a must. It features memorable alums from the show including Jinkx Monsoon, Manila Luzon, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, Sharon Needles, Asia O’Hara and more. It’s the fourth installment of the Christmas Queens album series.
Samantha Jade ‘The Magic Of Christmas’
She’s not a household name by any means, but I love this Aussie pop tart. Her renditions of classic tracks are surprisingly quite traditional. There’s three original tracks among the lot including “The Magic Of Christmas” featuring a duet with Guy Sebastian.
David Archuleta ‘Winter In The Air’
Didn’t know this American Idol Season 7 runner-up was still around. Who knew? Winter In The Air is his seventh studio album overall, and second Christmas one. If you liked Archuleta on Idol, then definitely check out his LP.
Ingrid Michaelson ‘Songs for the Season’
This was a pleasant surprise. The singer-songwriter takes a fun nostalgic approach with her covers of Christmas standards and carols which features some big-band horns and cheeky backing vocalists. It’s something you want to listen to while cuddling with your loved one in front of a roaring fire. Definitely give this delightfully fun LP a spin.
Martina McBride ‘It’s the Holiday Season’
Honestly, this was just meh for me but if you’re a Martina fan, go crazy 🙂
Mormon Tabernacle Choir ‘A Merry Little Christmas’
Talk about an odd pairing. Younger actress Sutton Foster teams up with actor Hugh Bonneville as they belt out classic tunes with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. If you like church renditions but don’t go worship on Sundays, here you go.
Which ones did you like? Weigh in below.