If you’re in the market for some festive tunes but can’t bear the thought of having to hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” one more time, you’re in luck. This holiday season, some of your favorite musicians are spreading the cheer by releasing holiday albums.
Check them out!
If you’re into boy bands:
Hanson Finally It’s Christmas
Even if you weren’t a fan of Hanson back in the day, you had to admit that 1997’s Snowed In was hard to beat when it came to holiday music. At some point, you probably bopped along to “What Christmas Means To Me” or “Merry Christmas Baby” while shopping in the mall for presents — or maybe you even shed a tear to “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” while feeling a bit of holiday loneliness. Well it’s been two decades, and the brothers from Tulsa have come back to rival their previous holiday album with Finally It’s Christmas and they did a pretty damn good job. “Blue Christmas” and “Winter Wonderland” just go to show that their voices only get better with age — like them!
98 Degrees Let It Snow
If you preferred Nick Lachey to Justin Timberlake and Nick Carter as a teenager, then make sure to catch 98 degrees out on tour so you can hear him live while the group promotes their new Christmas album, Let It Snow.
If you’re into soul music:
Smokey Robinson Christmas Everyday
Smokey Robinson’s first solo holiday album, Christmas Everyday, features three original songs, as well as the Motown legend’s version of seven favorites. While some critics wondered if his personal offerings would rival the holiday hits made famous by his former group, The Miracles, his versions of “O’ Holy Night” and “White Christmas” show that the R&B crooner kills it on his own. This album is perfect as background music for your Christmas night get together.
Fantasia Christmas After Midnight
Christmas After Midnight highlights Fantasia’s fantastic vocals, as the former American Idol star slays her renditions of “Silent Night”, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”, as well as a great jazz-rich cover of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” that CeeLo Green makes an appearance on. Her chilling version of “Hallelujah” shows why the soulful singer won America’s favorite talent show — because of THAT voice
If you’re into pop:
Gwen Stefani You Make It Feel Like Christmas
Gwen Stefani’s You Make It Feel Like Christmas is a funky, upbeat holiday album that features a single of the same name with her country boyfriend and former The Voice costar, Blake Shelton. The song made waves when it was released as some inquired whether the lyrics (“Thought I was done for, thought that love had died/But you came along, I swear you saved my life”) were insults intended towards the new couple’s respective exes, Miranda Lambert and Gavin Rossdale, but it’s a catchy song regardless. “When I Was A Little Girl” and “My Gift Is You” show off the pop diva’s happiness now that she’s found love (again) — there’s nothing merrier about that!
Sia Everyday Is Christmas
Sia’s first holiday album, Everyday Is Christmas features ten original songs, including “Snowman,” “Candy Cane Lane,” and “Underneath The Christmas Lights.” Her colorful album cover sets the festive tone for the songs to follow, with Dance Mom’s Maddie Ziegler wearing a bright red and green curly-haired wig with a giant playful bow on top of her head.
If you’re into country:
Alabama American Christmas
Alabama’s American Christmas is the band’s first holiday album since 1996’s Christmas Vol. II., which gave fans the hit “Christmas In Dixie,” which sees itself updated in the country newest album. “Sure Could Use Some Christmas Around Here” and “First Christmas Without Daddy” aren’t the typical perky themes you’d associate with holiday spirit, but hey, that’s country.
If you’re into rock:
Cheap Trick Christmas Christmas
Cheap Trick has had a busy year: not only did they release their eighteenth studio album, We’re All Right!, but they also put out their first holiday album, Christmas Christmas. The Rock And Roll Hall of Famers embrace their roots with covers of the Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want To Fight Tonight)” and Chuck Berry’s ‘Run Rudolph Run.” Play this album while you get drunk off eggnog with your friends!
Re-releases to look out for:
Josh Groban Noël
Josh Groban’s new deluxe version of Noël features six new songs.
Blake Shelton Cheers, It’s Christmas
Blake Shelton’s Cheers, It’s Christmas features three new songs from the country star.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for the 2018 class. In order to be nominated, artists and/or bands must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the induction year. Last year’s inductees included Pearl Jam and Tupac.
Some of this year’s nominees include Bon Jovi, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, The Cars, Judas Priest, Depeche Mode, LL Cool J, Dire Straits, MC 5, Moody Blues, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, The Zombies.
Fans are encouraged to participate by voting for their favorite musicians at www.rockhall.com. Voting ends on December 5th and the winners will be announced in December. The ceremony will be held April 14, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio.
I recently came across Oasis: Supersonic and was left impressed with the revelations that came out of the two-hour documentary. If you were a fan of the band in the ‘90s, then you most likely already know the infamous tales behind Liam and Noel Gallagher’s sibling rivalry, and this doc features video and audio proof that support those stories. But what I found really fascinating, besides how the band came up with the name Oasis, was learning that due to their bad boy reputation, fans would throw things at them when they performed in the hopes of seeing their anger in the flesh. If you are dreading encountering your sibling who you’ve been embroiled in a decade-long spat with this upcoming holiday season, watch this doc. It’ll prove that your family feud could be WAY worse.