The group is credited with overall sales of albums approaching 30 million in the US alone, most of that is holiday music. —Geoffrey Himes, The most exciting, most cohesive album that Phil Spector ever produced was 1963’s A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records, now marketed as A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector. Select a store. 4.8 out of 5 stars 2,718.

The album not only features versions of famous carols, but also pop classics such as John Lennon's 'Happy Xmas (War is Over)', as well as a few original ballads that fit right in. Clearly sensing that the album was incomplete, it was reissued in 1963 and simply retitled The Christmas Song, sadly cutting Cole’s excellent version of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and subbing in the titular tune. Delivering classic songs in John Denver's inimitable homespun style, A Rocky Mountain Christmas quickly became a favorite and has sold more than two million copies. In a list put together in 2014, Christmas Portrait was one of the top 25 selling holiday albums in the SoundScan era even though it was released 13 albums before that era began in 1991. Trump Talks of ‘Leaving the Country’ if He Loses, Watch the Osbournes Go Ghost Hunting in ‘Night of Terror’ Trailer, Watch ‘SNL’ Flip Between Joe Biden, Donald Trump ‘Dueling Town Halls’, Ice Cube Tries to Explain What in the Hell He Was Thinking, Alex Trebek, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Me, ‘We Are the World’: A Minute-by-Minute Breakdown, The First Commandment of Tom Hanks: ‘Excel at Your Life’s Work’. Sounds like children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile. However, with the success of "The Christmas Song," Nat King Cole's version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" was removed and replaced by "The Christmas Song."

Read on for our list of the 25 greatest Christmas albums of all time. However, over time it has been recognized as perhaps the top Christmas album and one of the top overall pop-rock albums of all time. It is a contemplative tribute to winter sounds including holiday music. This is the first of two Christmas albums She & Him would go on to release, and it’s full of traditional carols like “Silver Bells” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” plus more modern classics like “Little Saint Nick,” “Blue Christmas” and “The Christmas Song,” all performed with Deschanel’s and Ward’s glittery, retro style. The Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”? Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas. The special was released more than 50 years ago, but it’s still as iconic as the characters that inhabit it. A Charlie Brown Christmas [Green Vinyl] by Vince Guaraldi | Aug 24, 2009. Even the Grinch would give in to these LPs. Even Dad will get in the yuletide spirit when hears Chicago's rendition of "Sleigh Ride." Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. In 2012 Christmas was the second bestselling holiday album of the year selling an additional 600,000 copies.

With tracks like "Sleigh Ride" and "Winter Wonderland," this album proves that the cold never bothered Idina Menzel anyway. Rather than fueling up on sugar, spice, and everything nice, the Wine Country actress leans on more adult-friendly staples throughout this jazz album: sugar and booze. It ends with a rather heartbreaking version of 'Silent Night', recorded towards the end of his career. A Christmas Album did not qualify for the overall album chart in 1967 and instead was listed on Billboard's special holiday album chart where it spent five consecutive weeks at #1. track number two. In 1947, he wrote and sang the most enduring R&B Christmas song ever penned, “Merry Christmas, Baby,” (though the credit went to his bandleader Johnny Moore), later the basis for one of Elvis Presley’s greatest performances. And since they're country boys after all, they pay homage to to their home state with the brand-new "South Alabama Christmas. By Madison Vain.

Without further fanfare or introduction, here are the best Christmas albums of all time. Except for "The Christmas Song," the content of this album was released as an earlier 1960 holiday album called The Magic of Christmas. Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus. There’s one branch of Christian music in particular that she does better than just about any pop star—Christmas music. Co-produced by David Foster it quickly became a smash hit and has sold over three million copies. A country singer with a Texas twang and jazz phrasing, Nelson can make the most familiar songs sound new, especially slow numbers such as “White Christmas” and “Blue Christmas.” —Geoffrey Himes, Right after World War II, when Muddy Waters was roughing up the blues in Chicago, Charles Brown was smoothing them out in Los Angeles. (Well, You Deserved It! John Denver's next holiday album, 1979's A Christmas Together with the Muppets is also considered a Christmas classic. The 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time From Bing Crosby to Bob Dylan, Motown to Death Row, we rank the best Yuletide listens ever

Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan released this album of Christmas songs in 2006, and it was the best-selling Christmas album of that year. 20. Various Artists - A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963). It’s no surprise that a Christmas song – Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”– is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling single ever. Margherita Taylor Mariah Carey worked with a variety of producers, and, in the album's first run on the charts, it peaked at #3. ),” a father “throwing gifts in the wood stove” on the “Romulus”-esque “That Was the Worst Christmas Ever!“—are some of the collection’s strongest. The song and album became even more popular following Cole's death from lung cancer in 1965. The classics are supplemented with a handful of original tracks that range from parodic (“Just Another Christmas Song”), to hilariously irreverent (“Big Bulbs”), and even the Dap Kings get a serious moment to shine on their excellent instrumental rendition of “God Rest Ye Merry Gents.” Like everything else from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, this album is a total crowd pleaser that is an easy pick to set an upbeat Christmas party atmosphere. C.W. Don't get us wrong, there have been some stinkers over the years. The Crystals, Ronettes, Darlene Love, and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans each contributed their versions of mostly secular Christmas songs. Get it as soon as Wed, Oct 14. The collection spent four weeks at the top of the album chart and, with sales in excess of ten million copies, it is considered the bestselling Christmas album of all time in the US. Mannheim Steamroller - Mannheim Steamroller Christma. One more Carpenters Christmas album was released in 1984 after the death of Karen Carpenter. This album includes the duo's classic "Merry Christmas, Darling." Nothing is more fitting over the holidays than that. The tune itself, “The Christmas Song” has been incorrectly known to entire generations as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or “Merry Christmas to You,” and was first recorded by Cole as far back as 1946. Priscilla Presley co-produced the album, which features 'Blue Christmas' and many other greats. In the early 1980s pianist George Winston became a very unlikely music superstar.