Five Christmas albums you need to hear this minute

Chicago's Ultimate Christmas Collection. This album was released in October and is packed with traditional Christmas tunes as well as rockin' rearrangements of "Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." With 34 songs on this album, it's the perfect way to celebrate with a little cheer for family members of all ages. 

 

This Christmas featuring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. I first caught a glimpse of this slice of holiday magic on Sirius XM Radio. It naturally evoked cuddly memories of Grease and brought an extra glimmer of happiness and hope to the end of 2012 knowing Sandy and Danny are still singing togther. 

 

A Very She & Him Christmas by She & Him. Zooey Deschanel delights on Christmas classics such as "The Christmas Waltz" and "I've Be Home For Christmas." The vocal vixen has a purity and innocence to her voice that sets this album apart from any other holiday album. She's part hipster but mostly girl next door.

 

Merry Merry Christmas by New Kids On The Block. Yeah, this album originally came out on cassette in 1989 and yes, I owned it. Aside from moving R&B ballads such as "This One's For The Children" and Jordan Knight squeezing his own chestnuts to belt out "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)," there are some truly originaly Christmas tracks on this gem of an album. It's not Christmas until you bust out "Funky, Funky, Xmas." Just trust me on this.

 

Vh1: Big 80's Christmas. This album was released in 2001 but the '80s treasures on this album are memories of a radder time gone by. Just pop these songs into your iTunes and remember "Christmas Is The Time To Say 'I Love You.'" Thanks Billy Squier for reminding us of what truly matters this time of year. 

 

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