10 on Tuesday: Favorite Holiday Albums

10 on Tuesday: Favorite Holiday Albums

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?

3 thoughts on “10 on Tuesday: Favorite Holiday Albums

  1. Nanci von Schriltz December 5, 2012 / 7:56 am

    Ooh, I love this topic–and I was just thinking that I could use some new additions to my holiday music repertoire. Jackson 5, Aimee Mann, Bing Crosby, and the Cambridge Singers are on heavy rotation. I have a love-hate relationship with the Carpenters’ Christmas music–a little TOO much in the spirit of the ’70s variety show. My favorite song of all remains David Bowie and Bing Crosby’s “Little Drummer Boy.”

  2. Mom December 5, 2012 / 8:52 am

    Among my favorites are your #2 and #8 (can still “hear” the old 8 track too!) and Elvis’ Christmas music and holiday gospel songs. Really…. All the oldies 🙂

  3. Joanne December 5, 2012 / 8:46 pm

    This is reminding me I haven’t put the Christmas music on the phone yet…

    The Royal Guardsmen’s Snoopy album
    Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Everything You Want For Christmas
    And the most critical, the Caroleers’ Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

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