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The Best Holiday Albums Right Now

Christmas has some of the best themed music. So it’s no wonder artists are reviving some of the holiday classics. From pop singers to a cappella groups, artists of all genres are ringing in the Christmas spirit. Not sure where to start? This list has you covered on all of the modern top albums to celebrate the season.

“Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special” by Mariah Carey

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No Christmas music list would be complete without the Christmas Queen herself. Mariah Carey’s latest holiday album brings her classic music, but with re-mastered flair. Popular tracks like “All I Want For Christmas Is You” now have new vocal arrangements. Plus, new guest appearances are featured—including Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, and Snoop Dogg.

“The Best of Pentatonix Christmas” by Pentatonix

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The ever-popular a cappella group is known for their holiday covers. In total, they’ve released five Christmas-themed albums. But their compilation album brings all of the fan favorites together in one place. Plus, this album includes some of their original music as well.

“December Baby” by Jojo

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For R&B lovers, “December Baby” might be the album for you. Her soulful roots show on songs like “Wishlist” alongside PJ Morton. Jojo balanced smooth tempos and harmonies with jingle bells. Also, the title track is sure to become a permanent addition to your holiday playlist.

“The Christmas Album” by Leslie Odom, Jr.

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The Tony winner is back with another Christmas album. The album kicks off with the upbeat original “Snow”. But Leslie Odom, Jr. was sure to include all facets of the season. Unlike many holiday albums, his includes “Ma’oz Tzur”— a traditional Hebrew song sang on Hanukkah.

“Christmas & Chill” by Ariana Grande

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Known to blur the lines between pop and R&B, Ariana Grande didn’t miss a step with her holiday EP. Grande penned six original tracks to celebrate the season of giving. As the title suggests, it’s great to relax to as you wrap gifts.

“A Holly Dolly Christmas” by Dolly Parton

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The country icon is making her mark on holiday music. On “Holly Jolly Christmas”, her joy is heard throughout the track. She even says “Every year I love singing this song, so I thought, well just do a whole album…so I did!”

“A Legendary Christmas” by John Legend

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John Legend is known for his love songs. But what about a project filled with the love of Christmas? His distinctive, gospel-influenced vocals are accentuated on renditions like “This Christmas”.

“A Tori Kelly Christmas” by Tori Kelly

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Vocal powerhouse Tori Kelly is no stranger to Christmas music, but finally released her own album. Kelly brought pop-influenced melodies to original songs like “25th”. Legendary singer-songwriter Babyface joins her on “Let it Snow” and even executive produces the project.

“Christmas” by Michael Bublé

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Michael Bublé created a Christmas party classic with his holiday album. “Christmas” is reminiscent of Bing Crosby, but with a modern twist. Bublé also brought creative duets to the album. Some include Shania Twain, Thalia, and The Puppini Sisters.

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