Staff Picks: Favorite Holiday Albums

An Airus Christmas by Kurt Bestor: Bestor beautifully reworks several classic Christmas songs on this instrumental album.

A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector: Okay, the guy was a nut job, but he was a great producer and this little gem featuring The Crystals, Darlene Love, The Ronetts, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, and Phil and the gang closing with Silent Night is swell.

A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra: Too obvious to make further comment.

The Complete James Brown ChristmasHe’s funky, he’s black, he’s proud, and he is the man.  Christmas with soul and groove and social conscience.

A John Waters Christmas: This isn’t your grandmother’s Christmas album, or maybe it is.  It’s predictably a funny and tasteless collection of the odd, the silly, and the sometimes profane.

A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio: Only the heartless, or those who grew up without television, or those too young to have an opinion that matters, would not have this on a Christmas album “best of” list.


My favorite from when my daughters were little is A Christmas Together by John Denver and the Muppets. Naw, it still is one of my favorites.


A Very Special Christmas 3: I love this one. The Christmas song by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds is an all-time favorite, but I also love a new spin on Christmas from No Doubt, Sting, and Rev Run.


Other than the Best of Mrs Miller, I really love the Charlie Brown Christmas album by Vince Guaraldi. It’s 50 years old this year–an oldie  but a goodie!


Songs for Christmas (all five volumes) by Sufjan Stevens: For the indie hipster inside all of us.


A John Waters Christmas: It’s our family’s go-to. He’s evidently touring it this year. Alas, there are no Utah dates.

Amy S.:

A Christmas Cornucopia by Annie Lennox: Horrible cover, but gorgeous renditions of familiar carols.

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