Here’s a list of the top 10 (or so) in our house. Well…my top 10 anyway! 🙂
Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens
My sister-in-law and brother-in-law turned us on to this set of CDs last year. We love it! This is a set we could do end on end, day after day. (And I normally can’t stand CDs being played over and over…and over!)
The Dawn of Grace by Sixpence None The Richer
Each year we buy a new Christmas CD. This is our 2008 acquisition. What a great buy! I love their versions of “Riu Riu Chiu” and “Carol of the Bells.”
Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics
It’s Bing. Need I say more?
I picked this up back in ’95. I love their version of “Drummer Boy”!
I’m a big fan of the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart. They are excellent musicians that know how to have fun. A great combination in a Christmas CD.
Baby, It’s Cold Outside: A Crooner Christmas
A CD full of great crooners! Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis Jr., Carmen McRae, Bobby Darin, and Andy Williams.
All winter our kids mimic Sammy Davis Jr’s “Baby you’ll freeeeze out there!!” from his duet with Carmen McRae’s on the title track!
December: 20th Anniversary Edition by George Winston
My high school roommate introduced me to George Winston’s December. Winston is amazing. And it’s sort of palate cleansing to have no lyrics every once and a while.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Celebration
In so many ways, Christmas doesn’t feel right without Mannheim Steamroller in the air. These 18 tracks get constant air time in our house! (As does Christmas in the Aire.)
The Christmas Cowboy by Gene Autry
Not sure how this got into our mix but now it’s family staple. Lots of Santa and reindeer classics. But his rendition of “One Solitary Life” is particularly moving.
Handel’s Young Messiah: Got this back in 1990 and still like the modern but faithful renditions of Handel’s Messiah.
There are many more in our Christmas CD tray. Like Starbucks Winterludes: Cool Holiday Notes, possibly Starbucks’ first attempt at a Christmas CD. Apparently they had a hard time figuring out how to make this multi-cultural. So in the midst of Christmas music, you here two songs from Fiddler on the Roof: “Sunrise, Sunset” & “If I Were a Rich Man”! We love those songs, they just crack us up coming after “Winter Wonderland” and “Santa Baby”! 🙂
What’s on your ipod this time of the year?