I have a sad addiction to Christmas music. And to choir music, but mostly that's because I sing in a choir.
recently went through my iTunes library and the majority of it is
Christmas. A lot of it is Choral Christmas because I have all the music
for practicing to (and some of it is really good!).
I kind of feel like you can never have enough Christmas music. It helps that I start listening in August.
are my favourites as well as some that I am meaning to buy (my iTunes
wish list is all Christmas music and music for the girls. That should
probably be seen as a problem...)
comes Josh. Oh you're not on first, name basis with him? Josh Groban.
Awhhh! I love when this man sings. Okay, admittedly, I basically just
like when men sing in general (sorry ladies, but most of your voices are
just scritchy. I'd rather hear a good male soloist over a female any
day). And Josh's voice is just so full. I really love when a voice fills
a room. And he has that curly mop of hair which just makes him
adorable. But that has nothing to do with Christmas, or his CD. Anyway,
it's a really well done Christmas CD and I love it. You should get it.
comes Michael W. Smith. He has 3 Christmas albums. Yes, 3. I own only
the second, but the first one I know off by heart because my sister had
it growing up and it's on my list of ones to get, because I love it. The
third is also on my list. I know half the songs because we sang them in
choir. So judging from what I've heard it's good too. Here are my
thoughts on Michael (we're not really on a first name basis, but I
didn't feel like typing out his whole name and MWS just seemed like a
90's CCM magazine thing to do, and I'm not CCM magazine): He should ONLY
make Christmas CD's. I don't really care for his voice, but he's a
great song writer and producer and he understands how a christmas CD
should sound; full of wonder and brilliance. And it just makes you in
awe of the reason for the season. Oh and on his first CD he has a boys'
choir, which pretty much made me swear that I would put my boys in a
boys choir should I ever have any. It's amazing. If you don't get all
his CD's (you should), you should at LEAST go get All is Well off of his
first one (called Christmas). I know that little boy is probably in his
40's now, but I just melt every time and want to pinch his little
cheeks, because it's just so good. Oh and I like Smitty's (I was a fan
in the 90's...) use of instrumental music at Christmas. If ever there is
a time for an orchestra, it's at Christmas, people!
about some singles everyone should own: Gayle Peevey's I want a
Hippopotamus, Six White Boomers and of course the Chipmunks' Christmas
song... Those are all totally just for the child in me. Some would also
recommend Dominic the Donkey, but I can't say I'm a fan.
to know a Christmas album or two you shouldn't own? Yup, there is such a
thing. I won't post pictures of the albums because I don't want someone
just scrolling through their reader to think I actually endorse
Destiny's Child. I thought it might be good. I destroyed it.
Physically broke it because it was so bad. Sure Beyonce can sing and
dance and what have you, but Michelle? She almost (nope, she did) ruined
my favourite song, O Holy Night. It's not just slightly off-key. It's
really off-key. You don't even need a good ear to hear that. The whole
album sounds thrown together. So skip it, even if you were a fan of the
Another sketchy pitch one is Charlotte Church. Can't handle it.
I got a Vienna Boys Choir one because I thought that since Michael did
so well with the boys choir, a whole album of it would be better. Nope,
Ones on my wish list?
Basically anything by the Glee Cast. It's fresh and I like most of their voices.
Michael Buble's new one. I have some of his Christmas EP
from before, so I know this album is good. Actually a ton of my friends have said
Bing Crosby. It's just so classic. I feel like I should have him on my play list. Kind of shocked I don't already.
What about you? What are your favourites?
*All images courtesy of Amazon. Thanks Amazon for carrying all my favourite Christmas music!