Due to popular demand and 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 another 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 Rat Pack″ by Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. (2007)
A fun, swinging album with those merry mischief makers, The Rat Pack! Frank (Sinatra), Dean (Martin), and Sammy (Davis, Jr.) bring the fun to the Christmas season with their special brand of cool. This collection include songs sung by the three individually as well as a couple of duets. What better way to spend the holidays with three of the coolest cats ever! And that ain’t no joke, daddy-o!
Key Tracks: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (Frank)”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside (Dean)”, “The Christmas Song (Sammy)”
2. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi (original 1965; updated and expanded in 2006)
Music from the popular Peanut’s Christmas special. Vince Guaraldi brings a nicely understated and jazzy feel to many of the Christmas songs here. An album that works perfectly well both as an addendum to the film as as well as a stand alone album in its own right.
Key Tracks: “Christmastime Is Here (Vocal)”, “Hark the Herald Angel Sings”, “Greensleeves”
3. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (1995)
The first Christmas album of it’s kind in popular music and one that still entices to this day. Bing Crosby’s renditions of these holiday favorites has long been the standard in which all others have drawn from and been influenced by. No one’s voice embodies and has become synonymous with the season and the spirit of Christmas more than Bing Crosby’s!
Key Tracks: “White Christmas”, “”It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”, “Mele Kalikimaka”
4. “The Andy Williams Christmas Album” by Andy Williams (2004)
One of the quintessential and most popular Christmas releases of all time. Andy Williams does Christmas songs with his brand of charm and sincerity. A joy for both the young and the young at heart alike!
Key Tracks: “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”, “Away in the Manger”, “Silent Night”
5. “A Christmas Gift for You” by Phil Spector (2009)
Considered to be THE Christmas album of the Rock and Roll era by many, Phil Spector’s “A Christmas Gift For You” features The Ronettes, Darlene Love, The Crystals, and Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans. Many of these songs have been used in such diverse films as “Goodfellas” and “Gremlins” to great effect. This album is a great way to rock out to the holidays!
Key Tracks: “Frosty the Snowman”, “The Bells of St. Mary’s”, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
So gather the family ’round the tree, bring out the eggnog and hot chocolate and revel and bask in the Christmas Spirit with more Christmas music of the highest caliber!