Since it is THAT time of the year again, with misletoe, candy canes, and presents; being the resident music expect here at the Fountaindale Library, I have concocted my Top 5 Favorite Christmas albums!!! These five Christmas albums I am always sure to revisit again and again throughout the holiday season. Without further ado…
1. “Christmas with the Chipmunks Vol. 1 & 2” by Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and David Seville (1961 & 1963, respectively)
This has long been a family favorite. In fact, for years, it is tradition in our family to listen to this album (first on vinyl, now on CD) while decorating the Christmas Tree. Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and Dave all bring the winter cheer with their high-pitched squealing-singing. Don’t let the novelty fool you, underneath those voices is an excellently produced and orchestrated album.
Key Tracks: “Up on the House Top”, “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas”, “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)”
2. “If Everyday Was Like Christmas” by Elvis Presley (1994)
What would Christmas without the King??? It wouldn’t be Christmas that’s for sure!! Elvis proves to be not only the King of Rock and Roll but also the King of Christmas music as well (IMHO). What’s great about this album is that it contains both his classic ’50s release, “Elvis’ Christmas Album” (1957) as well as his lesser known album, “Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas ” made in the 1971.
Key Tracks: “Santa Claus is Back in Town”, “Blue Christmas”, “Merry Christmas, Baby”
3. “Ultimate Christmas” by The Beach Boys (1998)
While many people may associate the Beach Boys with beaches, bikinis, and surfing; they also prove to be apt when it comes to Christmas songs as well! Those heavenly harmonies are as crisp as the winter air and are on full display by the Wilson Brothers (Brian Dennis, and Carl), cousin Mike, and friend Al. Like the previous Elvis album, this release contains both their classic Christmas album, 1964’s “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album” as well as the unreleased album from 1977, titled “Merry Christmas from The Beach Boys” .
Key Tracks: “Little Saint Nick”, “Man with All the Toys”, “We Three Kings of Orient Are”
4. “Harry For the Holidays” by Harry Connick, Jr. (2003)
As I have said before, you can never go wrong with Harry Connick, Jr. The man knows his way around a tune, that is for sure, and it is also apparent that he loves Christmas music in particular! Besides this release, he also has
“When My Heart Find Christmas” (1993) and “What a Night! A Christmas Album” (2008). I like all his Christmas albums but for some reason this one has always been my favorite. It is all high energy and a swingin’ good time!
Key Tracks: “Frosty the Snowman”, “The Happy Elf”, “I Come with Love”
5. “A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra” by Frank Sinatra (1957)
And while we are on about a swingin’ good time, we can’t leave out The Chairman of the Board, Old Blues himself!!! Frank Sinatra adds a touch of class and smoothness to the Christmas tunes he sings. He isn’t called “The Voice” for nothing!
Key Tracks: “I’ll Be Home For Christmas”, “Christmas Waltz”, “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”
So gather the family ’round the tree, bring out the eggnog and hot chocolate and revel and bask in the Christmas Spirit with Christmas music of the highest caliber!