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Published on October 4th, 2021 | by Gerry Galipault


A Very Merry List of Holiday Releases

At the suggestion of a longtime follower, has gathered up a list of upcoming Christmas and other holiday releases. It’s not even Halloween yet, but it never hurts to plan ahead. Right?

Oct. 8

“A Very Darren Crissmas,” Darren Criss (Decca)

“King Size Manger,” Josh Turner (Decca Nashville)

Oct. 15

“When Christmas Comes Around …,” Kelly Clarkson (Atlantic)

“I Dream of Christmas,” Norah Jones (Blue Note)

Oct. 22

“Happiness Is … Christmas!,” Kristin Chenoweth (Concord)

“Mr. Christmas,” Brett Eldredge (Warner Music Nashville)

“Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas [Vinyl],” Ella Fitzgerald (1960 album; Verve / UMe)

“Hell of a Holiday,” Pistol Annies (Sony Music Nashville)

“I Don’t Want Christmas To End,” Zach Williams (Provident)

“Brett Young & Friends Sing The Christmas Classics,” Brett Young (Big Machine)

Oct. 29

“A Drummer Boy Christmas (2021 Version),” for KING & COUNTRY (2020 album, with one bonus track; Word Entertainment)

“The Knights Before Christmas,” The Knights (Bright Shiny Things)

“Santa Claus Is Lookin’ For Love,” Johnny Lee (BFD)

“Christmas Songs Vol. 1,” Manchester Orchestra (Loma Vista Recordings / Concord)

“Evergreen,” Pentatonix (RCA)

“John Schneider’s Christmas Cars (Deluxe: Movie and Soundtrack),” John Schneider (BFD)

“Christmas with Motown,” various artists (Motown / UMe)

“We Need Christmas,” Matthew West (Provident)

Nov. 5

“Christmas Now!,” The Browns (Provident)

“A Very Chilly Christmas,” Chilly Gonzales (Fontana North / Gentle Threat)

“A Charlie Brown Christmas (Original Sound Track Recording of the CBS Television Special) [Silver Cassette],” Vince Guaraldi Trio (1965 album; Craft Recordings / Concord)

“Merry Christmas … Have a Nice Life!,” Cyndi Lauper (Clear with Red & White “Candy Cane” Swirl Vinyl; 1998 album; Real Gone Music)

“Ingrid Michaelson’s Songs For The Season,” Ingrid Michaelson (Amazon-exclusive deluxe edition; Cabin 24)

“The Season,” Steve Perry (Fantasy / Concord)

“A Damaged Christmas Gift For You,” various artists (Damaged Goods)

Nov. 12

“Christmas (Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition),” Michael Bublé (CD + Vinyl box set; 2011 album; Read here; Reprise)

“Christmas with Ronnie Milsap,” Ronnie Milsap (1986 album; Craft Recordings / Concord)

Nov. 19

“A Boots Electric Christmas,” Eagles of Death Metal (Eagles of Death Metal)

“Merry Christmas From José James,” José James (Rainbow Blonde)

“Emmanuel: Christmas Songs of Worship [Vinyl],” Chris Tomlin (Sparrow)

“Winter Tales,” various artists (Deutsche Grammophon)

“Lu’s Jukebox Vol 5: Have Yourself A Rockin’ Little Christmas with Lucinda,” Lucinda Williams (Vinyl; Highway 20)

Dec. 3

“A Very Teddy Christmas,” Teddy Swims (Warner)

Best-Selling Christmas Albums of All Time

(source: Billboard)

1. Elvis’ Christmas Album / Elvis Presley ~ 10,000,000 copies
2. Miracles: The Holiday Album / Kenny G ~ 7,370,000
3. The Christmas Song / Nat King Cole ~ 6,000,000
4. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 6,000,000
5. A Fresh Aire Christmas / Mannheim Steamroller ~ 6,000,000
6. Noël / Josh Groban ~ 5,890,000
7. Merry Christmas / Mariah Carey ~ 5,500,000
8. These Are Special Times / Celine Dion ~ 5,440,000
9. A Christmas Album / Barbra Streisand ~ 5,370,000
10. Merry Christmas / Johnny Mathis ~ 5,240,000

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