I have a bit of an obsession with Christmas music. I try to wait until at least Halloween to start listening to it each year. I spend an unholy amount of time gathering, organizing, and rating songs each year, hoping to eventually create the ultimate Christmas mix. I have 24 versions of Deck the Halls (and that’s after deleting the below-average versions).
Here are the albums that are on frequent rotation year after year (with links to Amazon) –
- The Bells of Dublin by The Chieftains
- James Taylor At Christmas
- Come Let Us Adore Him by The Lower Lights
- The Elf Soundtrack
- Jingles and Bells by Ben Rector
- December by George Winston
- The Gift by Tingstad & Rumbel
- Christmas Classics for Guitar by Stevan Pasero
- Christmas by Tim Thompson
- Pickin’ on Christmas by The Nashville Super Pickers
- Christmas on the Mountain by Craig Duncan
- Blue Mountain Christmas by Michael V. Clark
- Christmas Grass by Various Artists
- A Christmas Together by John Denver and The Muppets
- Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
- Boots and Stockings by Boots Randolph – If you’ve been looking your whole life for Christmas classics in the style of the Benny Hill theme (Yakety Sax), look no further!
- A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas by The Three Suns
- Big Christmas Box from The Bach Guild (13 hours for 89 cents! Mostly choral music and mostly good.)
Let me know if you have any favorites I should add to the collection.