It’s a time-honored tradition for artists to record Christmas albums, so each year you get a new batch of seasonal songs to choose from, ensuring that you’re not stuck with Crazy Frog’s remix of ‘Last Christmas’. Here are the best Christmas albums of 2018.
December 13th, 2018
Eric Clapton: Happy Xmas
While this record marks his 24th studio album, it’s the first time Clapton has turned his hand to holiday tunes. Bringing his blues-rock touch to holiday classics, he even adds new material to the Christmas canon with the original song ‘For Love On Christmas Day’.
Jessie J: This Christmas Day
UK pop sensation and singer-songwriter Jessie J recruited the smoothest crooners of the 90s to lend their pipes to her first-ever holiday album. The album includes jazzy covers of seasonal classics such as ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’, ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Silent Night’.
Gwen Stefani: You Make It Feel Like Christmas: Deluxe Edition
Stefani’s genre-jumping tendencies are a perfect fit for this year’s newly expanded collection, which ranges from her retro pop-soul delivery to a delightful cover of ‘Last Christmas’. The deluxe edition of You Make It Feel Like Christmas includes five new songs – two originals and three covers – among them ‘Feliz Navidad’, which features Latin superstar Mon Laferte.
George Strait: Classic Christmas
The beauty of Christmas music is its universal appeal. It can be sung in any language and across all genres. What better performer to bring his generous spirit to holiday tunes than country icon George Strait?
Sheryl Crow: Home For Christmas
Sheryl Crow’s chart-topping holiday album is making its vinyl debut just in time for Christmas. Keeping with her roots-rock tradition, Crow tackles holiday classics such as ‘The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)’, ‘O Holy Night’ and ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ with a sultry twist.
The Isley Brothers (Featuring Ronald Isley): I’ll Be Home For Christmas
For those who are tired of the same holiday standards, look no further than the soulful stylings of funk-soul icons The Isley Brothers. With the legendary production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis at the helm, they steer this ship into more funky territory, keeping the holiday spirit throughout the album, which includes eight classics and two original tracks.
Kenny Rogers: Christmas
The smooth crooner is here to deliver warm, holiday tidings with the vinyl release of his 1981 Christmas album. It features plenty of classic tunes and Rogers’ first seasonal single, ‘Kentucky Homemade Christmas’.
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