Top 10 Christmas Music Albums for Families
Nothing puts you in the holiday spirit like great Christmas music! See our picks for the 10 best Christmas albums full of festive holiday songs that will please kids and transport parents back to childhood. Rediscover old favorites and find some new hits to "fa-la-la" to this season.
A Charlie Brown Christmas – The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Visions of Peanuts characters will dance in your head as soon as you hear the first few jazzy notes of this must-have Christmas album. The album is a soundtrack to the 1965 Charlie Brown Christmas special, and it's been a hit for generations.
A Christmas Together – John Denver and the Muppets
Your kids will get a kick out of the Muppets gang singing "Twelve Days of Christmas" and a dozen other Christmas carols, accompanied by '70s folk-rock star John Denver. Don't even try to hold back your giggles as Miss Piggy belts out "fiiiiive golden rings."
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album
The cast of Glee delivers catchy renditions of "We Need a Little Christmas," "Baby, It's Cold Outside," and "O Holy Night" in their first-ever holiday album. If your kids are fans of the hit FOX musical show, they'll love to see this in their stocking.
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby is the quintessential Christmas crooner whose voice has graced radio airwaves every holiday season since the 1940s. White Christmas is one oldies album that kids of all ages will enjoy, while parents nostalgically settle into the comforting classics like "The Christmas Song," "Let It Snow," and, of course, "White Christmas" – the best-selling music single of all time, with more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.
Rudolph, Frosty & Friends' Favorite Christmas Songs
This album is a great compilation of hits from beloved Burl Ives' Christmas specials, such as Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. It includes the Rudolph and Frosty title tracks you'd expect, plus other favorites, like "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town," "Silver and Gold," and "There's Always Tomorrow."
Now That's What I Call Christmas – The Signature Collection
Having a party? This two-disc mix of 36 Christmas songs by a wide range of artists will satisfy pop music lovers – with songs by Mariah Carey, 'N Sync, and Destiny's Child – and traditional holiday music fans – with old school classics by Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, and Louis Armstrong. José Feliciano's crowd-pleaser, "Feliz Navidad," is also included.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
The mean, green Grinch has a place in every kid's heart. With this soundtrack to Dr. Seuss's masterful 1966 TV special based on the book, you will be transported to Whoville and will delight in singing the silly and sinister lines of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."
Christmas with the Chipmunks
You'll know for sure that "Christmas, Christmas time is here" when you can't get Alvin, Simon, and Theodore's little voices out of your head. "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" and other tracks will be a big hit with fans of the original 1960s Chipmunks and the modern Alvin and the Chipmunks movies.
Holiday Singalong with Mitch Miller
Mitch Miller and the Gang provide the perfect backdrop for a family sing-along while trimming the tree or traveling. Sixteen cheery carols and songs, from "Silent Night, Holy Night" to "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," will make even the Scrooge in your family feel merry.
Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker
For your little twinkle toes or classic musician, Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker score will be music to her ears. "The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" and 16 other songs from the original ballet have been going strong since their 1892 debut in Russia.