As much as we’d like to, we can’t keep Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” on repeat for the ENTIRE month of December. Even though it’s a classic, there’s plenty of new music released each year to help enhance your collection and put a new twist on some old favorites. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but we say “Bah Humbug!” to that. So put aside those Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby albums just for a few days and see if any of these new albums tickle your fancy.
1. Wrapped in Red by Kelly Clarkson
The newlywed with the golden voice is a Texas girl through and through and has just released this collection of classic holiday songs. Clarkson’s voice is as pure as ever and the familiarity of it makes this new album an instant classic. It’s not easy to go from Pop royalty to a Christmas sweetheart, but Kelly Clarkson pulls it off flawlessly in her hit “Underneath the Tree”.
2. Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas by The Robertson Family
Unless you’ve been living in the forest, you’re probably familiar with the Robertsons from the hit show Duck Dynasty by now. The Robertsons and their duck-hunting, beard-growing, camp-wearing crew have teamed up to record a collection of Christmas classics with heavy hitters like Alison Krauss and George Strait. Laugh if you will, but it’s actually quite enjoyable! Duck the halls and fluff that beard, the Robertsons are bonafide music stars.
3. A Mary Christmas by Mary J. Blige
Take one undisputed queen of R&B, add in a horn section and a dash of Christmas cheer and what you’ll get is a jazzy, cheerful, soulful Christmas album that rivals many of the classics. Mary J. Blige’s voice is just like honey and the arrangement of these timeless tunes is something that will fit in nicely with your holiday collection for years to come.
4. The Classic Christmas Album by Martina McBride
Speaking of undisputed queens! Martina McBride is the as close to country royalty as you can get and her latest collection of Christmas tunes is reminiscent of the greats. Stand out tracks on the album include “O Holy Night” and “Away In A Manger”, with McBride’s classic voice making each one sound like it came straight from your childhood.
5. Christmas, With Love by Leona Lewis
Contemporary pop crooner Leona Lewis takes on classic covers such as “Winter Wonderland” as well as originals like “One More Sleep” with an upbeat perspective. This Phil Spector-style Motown holiday album is a must-have stocking stuffer for every generation.