Today’s 10 on Tuesday topic, from CaroleKnits, is an easy one for me: favorite Christmas albums. I do have a couple to pick up for this year, as per the comments on my post from a week or so ago, but the list below is long-term favorites.
1. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” – Vince Guaraldi Trio – A classic. Is there anyone who doesn’t love this?
2. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” – Gene Autry – When I play this through iTunes, I still hear the odd, mid-song spots where our 8-track advanced.
3 & 4. “Dig that Crazy Christmas” and “Boogie Woogie Christmas” – Brian Setzer Orchestra – I tend to shuffle these two together, so I don’t actually know which songs are on which album.
5. “A Very Special Christmas” – Various Artists – Though Wikipedia tells me they’re now up to version number eight, the original, from 1987, is still the best.
6. “A Classic Cartoon Christmas” – Various Artists – Key tracks from pretty much all of the claymation Christmas shows I grew up with. Love!
7 . “Glee: The Christmas Album, Volumes 1 & 2” – Glee Cast – Even though I am well and truly over this as a show, these are fun updates to basically every classic out there.
8. “Once Upon a Christmas” – Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton – Don’t laugh. Serious childhood nostalgia here.
9. “Go Tell it on the Mountain” – Blind Boys of Alabama – Way, way more religious than I usually go for, but if you can’t have a little gospel music at Christmas, when can you?
10. “Snow Angels” – Over the Rhine – Of the moody Christmas albums I’ve acquired over the years, this is the only one I actually want to listen to. Sorry, Sarah McLachalan and Indigo Girls.
Now it’s your turn — what are your favorites?