Needless to say, these are not my only favorites, but these are some that I thought of, and have been listening to already, so here you go in no particular order.
Top Ten Favorite Christmas Albums
1. A Christmas Heritage - this truly is a favorite, with some beautiful renditions of some classics, and some new ones I hadn't heard before. Plus, one of the musicians is someone I went to elementary school with, and whose father was my brother-in-law's first law partner!
2. The Sound of Christmas - Julie Andrews. This is one that we got years ago, when Hallmark used to produce CDs or tapes for the Christmas season.
3. Christmas with the Cambridge Singers - I'd never heard of the Cambridge Singers when I bought this CD, but I liked the cover, I enjoy choral music, and there were songs I liked on it. This almost immediately became a favorite, and there are two songs on it that always nearly bring me to tears.
4. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer "soundtrack" - This is a cheapo, cheesy CD with the songs from the Rankin-Bass version of the story of Rudolph (with which I am obsessed). There are really only one or two that are actually recordings from the TV soundtrack - most are covers - but since I like the show and the songs so much, I enjoy this one.
5. Just in Time for Christmas - Nancy LaMott. We saw Nancy LaMott in concert a couple of years before her untimely death, and it was great, so when I saw this, buying it was a no-brainer! It's definitely a good one.
6. A Christmas Album - James Taylor. What can I say? I'd listen to him sing a grocery list. His version of "In the Bleak Midwinter" is one of my favorites of all time.
7. The Christmas Album - Libera. We have several CDs by this choral group of young boys, and the sound is so clear and beautiful, I was excited to see they had a Christmas album. It's all good, but their addition and cover of Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)" is truly stunning.
8. Christmas Classics - I think we have several versions of these CDs, with mixes of old standards performed by Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Dean Martin - you get the drift. It's not Christmastime to me without them.
9. Christmas - Michael Buble. I like this because it is evocative to me of the old-time Christmas albums that my parents had.
10. Christmas Songs - Diana Krall. I love listening to her, and love Christmas music - you do the math!
Happy listening and singing along!