We are all in the throngs of Christmas time and unable to escape. I’m not sure when I started hating music..it’s probably because I played it year after year as a child in countless bands. So now while I do grocery shopping and I hear “Frosty The Snowman” I want to run for the hills or anywhere that doesn’t play Christmas music. Thankfully not all Christmas music makes me want to hurl. Keep reading to find a few albums might actually put you into the holiday spirit.
hOMe For The Holiday-Various Artist (Om Records)
Nothing says the holidays like chill dance music! This complication from San Francisco based label Om Records has artists like Kaskade doing “Still, Still, Still” to get you in the mood for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres.
Verve Remixed Christmas (Verve)
Out of all the “remixed” Christmas albums out there this one is probably my favorite. This albums features famous producers and artists like Brazilian Girls and The Orb “re-imagining” classic Christmas songs from Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, and Dinah Washington. What I like most is some of the songs like “Chilly Winds Don’t Blow” and “What A Wonderful World” wouldn’t be considered traditional Christmas songs but with these remixes they fit the theme perfectly.
The next two highlighted albums are what I like to call “Grandma Friendly” albums. These are suitable for dinner parties and the like.
A Swingin’ Christmas-Tony Bennett featuring The Count Basie Big Band
It’s not really Christmas until you hear classic big band music right? This album keeps it up tempo throughout and you’ll certainly feel the warmth too. You can’t really go wrong with Tony Bennett. The Count Basie Big Band is also clearly on point on this one too.
I even love the album cover on this one and this one brings me back to a time when Christmas was simpler (No Black Friday shopping madness). Elvis Christmas is actually a two for one type of deal as it contains: all of the tracks from Presley’s 1957 Elvis’ Christmas Albumand his 1971 Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas. Elvis sounds wonderful on this album. My favorite track is “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”
For even more hurl-free Christmas music check out Jason Miller’s Post.