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Christmas Albums

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Christmas is a much celebrated holiday, having many songs based on it that range from All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey to Jingle Bells by James Pierpont. However, a question comes to mind: Which is the best Christmas album? There are too many options, how do we pick? Luckily, we have Rolling Stone to help us out. At number 25, we have Weezer’s A Weezer Christmas. Rolling Stone described River Cuomo’s vocals as creepily deadpan. Also adding that it sounded like he was stalking Baby Jesus, not celebrating him. Harsh, but I suppose Weezer isn’t the best choice for holiday music.

At number 13, we have Frank Sinatra’s A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra. Rolling Stone stated, “This was the fourth album Sinatra recorded in a very good year, and he sings like he has the universe effortlessly balanced on the brim of his hat.” However, they said that the arrangements and the back-up singers get in the way. At number 8, we have Bing Crosby’s White Christmas. They described it as “What Jesus is to Christmas, Bing Crosby is to Christmas music.”, claiming that the best tracks are solos of Crosby pouring “vocal butter” on “Silver Bells”, making them unforgettably his own. Finally adding that ,“This is what great singing is.

At number 4, we have A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965). Rolling Stone stated, “On songs like ‘Skating’ and ‘Christmas Is Coming,’ the Vince Guaraldi Trio nails a perfect balance of buoyant anticipation and wintry introspection.” Adding, “It’s become some of the most visually evocative American music.” Charles Schulz even said, “The way they walk and bounce a little bit – he captured that in his music.” Needless to say, that’s his way of saying it was a complete success.

Finally, at number 1, we have Phil Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector (1963). Rolling Stone stated, “Not just the greatest Christmas record ever, but a bonafide pop classic in its own right.” Rolling Stone even named it Number 142 in their list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. They claim that Spector’s wall of sound production adds grandeur and drama, as well as lighting up the holiday with rock & roll fire. Rolling Stone stated, “No wonder Brian Wilson has called it his favorite album of all time.” Therefore, it has been clearly shown that Phil Spector’s Christmas album is a classic and the greatest Christmas album there has ever been. Do you think otherwise?

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