Originally posted on 4 December 2005, updated.
With 487 songs from 118 artists and 48 different albums comprising 1.1 days of music (thank you iTunes for that stat), our list is comprehensive and authoritative.
To be sure of our rankings, we've done nothing but listen to Christmas music the entire weekend, spurning invitations to dinner, movies, and other social events. Living on nothing but a steady diet of pop tarts and diet cherry coke, addled by way too much Kenny G, we present THE TOP 9 GREATEST CHRISTMAS ALBUMS EVER.
1. Christmas to Christmas - Lee Greenwood
Famous for his patriotic favorite, "God Bless the USA" (you know you sang it in elementary school) this country artist produced the best Christmas album ever. From "Tennesse Christmas" to "Lonestar Christmas" this one is a classic. But we're still waiting for "Evergreen (Washington) Christmas."
2. Home for Christmas - Amy Grant
"Breath of Heaven" is the signature song from this album that is a favorite of our erstwhile roommate Marc--he's a HUGE Amy Grant fan.
3. When My Heart Finds Christmas - Harry Connick Jr.
Not to be confused with the imposter, Michael Buble, this master of big band, jazz, and the silver screen (awesome performance in "Independence Day") is best known for "It Must Have Been 'Ol Santa Claus." This is our brother Matt's favorite.
4. An Airus Christmas - Kurt Bestor
More religious than the Top 3, the best songs on this album are "Coventry Carol" and "What Child Is This."
5. Once Upon A Christmas - Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
For all you young kids enjoying holiday romances, try this selection from Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. You say you've never heard of Kenny Rogers? Ask your parents. "A Christmas to Remember" and "Christmas Without You" are the best.
6. Faith - A Holiday Album - Kenny G
Good album, just don't listen to it repeatedly. Oh, and if you haven't seen it already, Jon Stewart did a great parity of Kenny G in a SNL sketch a few years ago. Spoontang. Download it.
7. White Christmas - Bing Crosby
The Godfather of Christmas music and Christmas movies. Before "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" there was "White Christmas." Was he the first to sing "The Christmas Song"?
8. Making Spirits Bright - Dean Martin
This Rat Pack member gets credit for having the best version of "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm"--popularized by Elf. Check it out.
9. Christmas with the Beach Boys - The Beach Boys
Call this a concession and a shout out to all our friends from SoCal. Our mom likes this album too. "Merry Christmas, Baby" is the star-track.
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