Dec 052010
 

These new Christmas CDs include traditional and current holiday music for Christmas gifts, parties, and cross-country trips. A Christmas CD is a great hostess gift for someone who has invited you to a holiday celebration, and it’s a terrific holiday gift idea for someone who has everything!

Before the tips, a quip:

“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale.

Christmas music is part of the magic, my friend. My favorite song is O Holy Night, and it’s part of a new Christmas album by Jackie Evancho. But the bestselling Christmas CD on Amazon is The Gift — Susan Boyle’s second release.

These Christmas music albums range from solo performers to the cast of the most popular musical show on TV…

New Christmas CDs – Holiday Music for Christmas Gifts, Parties

The most popular Christmas CD on Amazon: The Gift. “When making this album, I really wanted the songs to touch hearts,” said Susan Boyle. “Music has always been a companion to me, particularly on special occasions. I wanted there to be a mix of songs that would flow with all our moods this holiday season. As much as the season is a time for reflection, it is also a time for fun and enjoyment with those closest to us.” Featuring yule time favourites ‘The First Noel’ and ‘O Holy Night’, Susan also sings pop songs such as ‘Don’t Dream It’s Over’ and ‘Perfect Day’ giving them a new identity.

The Glee Christmas CD. Trust Glee to get you in the holiday spirit with their new holiday CD! Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album is a great holiday gift idea or hostess/host gift.  The Glee cast sings holiday classics such as as “We Need A Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night,” “Jingle Bells” and a Dr. Seuss inspired “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” featuring Grammy Award winner k.d. lang. 12 songs to fill your holidays with Glee! Check it out at Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album.

Noel – Josh Groban. His majestic, intimate voice makes his Christmas music a wonderful gift this holiday season. This is his fourth studio album; it brings together traditional holiday songs such as Silent Night, contemporary holiday music such as I’ll Be Home For Christmas, and new Christmas music such as Thankful. This new Christmas CD features duets with Country’s Faith Hill and R&B’s Brian McKnight, and inspirational music’s master choir, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. For more info on this Christmas CD, visit Noel.

O Holy Night – Jackie Evancho. This diva is ten years old; her performances on “America’s Got Talent” won the hearts of millions and brought her into the national spotlight. Evancho’s new CD/DVD set, O Holy Night, features Christmas favorites “O Holy Night” and “Silent Night” plus the beautiful classics “Pie Jesu” and “Panis Angelicus.” This is a mini-CD that lasts about 15 minutes, and it’s sitting at No. 2 on Billboard‘s holiday chart. For more info on this Christmas CD, go to O Holy Night.

A Christmas Cornucopia – Annie Lennox. “I’ve known these songs, these carols all my life, I’ve sung them since I was little,” says the songwriter and singer of The Holly And The Ivy, Silent Night, The First Noel and other, less-widely-known songs such as Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant, and Lullay Lullay. ” They’re just in me. They’re a huge part of my life. So it’s not an arbitrary selection. Those relationships with those pieces of music were there intrinsically before I approached the recording.” A Christmas Cornucopia is a collection of new, inspired interpretations of 11 traditional festive songs, rounded out by a new Lennox composition, Universal Child. All income that Lennox earns from this Christmas CD will go to the Annie Lennox foundation, which raises money for charitable projects. To learn more, go to A Christmas Cornucopia.

Now That’s What I Call Christmas – Compilation of Holiday Music. “This CD is one of the best Christmas compilations I have found, as it collects an assortment of older and contemporary Christmas tunes, separated into two discs,” says one Amazon reviewer. This Christmas CD features 36 artists from 36 different genres such as Country, R&B, Alternative Rock, New Age, Folk, Jazz, Comedy, Reggae, Easy Listening and of course “Classic Christmas” songs. If you’re looking for a holiday gift idea to suit someone who has everything, this new Christmas CD is your best bet! Visit Now That’s What I Call Christmas.

My Christmas – Andrea Bocelli. “I have long dreamed of recording a holiday album that captures the beautiful traditions of the holiday season,” says Bocelli. “Every year these songs have brought incredible joy to my family and I, and it is my hope to give back that same joy by making this album. The time comes for every singer to record a Christmas album. That’s probably because Christmas is the most beautiful holiday of the year.” To learn more about this holiday album, go to My Christmas.

Let it Snow – Michael Buble. What kind of Canadian would I be if I didn’t include Buble on this list of new Christmas CDs?! Here’s a great description of this holiday album from a reviewer on Amazon: “Pop vocalist of the millennium is Michael Buble, with shades of Connick, Darin, Sinatra and Torme, all rolled into one nice neat package. Just in time for the holidays Buble has re-released “Let It Snow!”, featuring an unforgettable youthful style that takes you back to Christmas’ of long, long ago. Listening to this five track compact disc, brings back memories of Bing Crosby in “Holiday Inn”, where Bing first sang the Irving Berlin classic song of these special times, White Christmas.” Learn more about Buble’s Christmas music by going to Let It Snow.

If Christmas isn’t what you want it to be, read How to Make Christmas More Meaningful.

What do you think — do you have new holiday music albums to suggest? Comments welcome below…

  3 Responses to “New Christmas CDs – Holiday Music for Christmas Gifts, Parties”

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  2. Thanks for your comments…as I write this, there are still five days until Christmas and I have to admit that I’m getting a bit tired of Christmas music!

    Maybe I should take your suggestions and listen to chamber music, or more classical holiday songs. :-)

  3. This is the season in which I wish people were into more serious classical music generally. I love carols and the like, but boy does it reach “tedious” fast. The “Nutcracker” is especially annoying, but even “Messiah” can get aggravating.

    Nearly verything the indie/ambient band Sigur Ros does sounds Christmas-y. I’d recommend at least listening to them once to see if it’ll work for you.

    In terms of music I’d have on at Christmas time, I’m big into chamber music right now. Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio Op.49 is a particular joy.

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