The past days I was sick and I hate that I never manage to stay healthy during all of winter but have to fend off a terrible cold, sneezing in a four-minute-interval and feeling like death warmed up. Anyway, I spent the past days in bed, too weak to write, but I will give you a treat for your ears today.
My favourite music in the world is Christmas music and I am sad that, apart from Christmas music, there is no such thing as Christmas music, if you get what I mean. Christmas music, compared to other music, is uplifting, musically mostly up to a very high standard and you feel great about it. There is a wide range of emotions included, but it is never making you feel sad or unloved, it is the perfect music - so perfect, indeed, that I find myself listening to it mid-summer if I need a little Christmas in my heart.
I like to call myself the guru of Christmas music and each year at least a day or two are dedicated to hunt down the latest Christmas music and compile new playlists for this year's season.
This year I will share my list of best albums, songs and singers with you and hope to get you in the right mood for Christmas by doing so. Christmas music, essentially, can be divided into carols, traditional songs, pop songs, children songs, choir songs folk Christmas and Jazz/Blues Christmas. Of course, there are many more sub-categories, but let's not delve into that or we will never get finished.
Let's start with the best albums in this post, so you know what to order via Amazon tonight. I like compilations of Christmas music because they cover a wide range of styles and you can mix and match as you like; however, there are some Christmas albums definitely worth obtaining and I have listed them below.
Mariah Carey Merry Christmas
Mariah Carey has a fantastic voice and includes songs like "All I want for Christmas is you", "Here Comes Santa Claus" or "O Holy Night" and captures them with a gospel-like/soul approach, which is definitely worth listening to, especially if you're hosting a Christmas party. Among the songs are also less well-known ones like "Jesus what a wonderful child", which is really beautiful.
Michael Bublé Christmas
I love Buble's voice and his album is among the best Christmas albums I have ever heard. He sings in the style of Crosby and Sinatra, but brings a modern twist into it. Accompanying him is a big band, which makes the simplest songs sounds like a crescendo of awesomeness and festive feelings. Songs include "Santa Claus is coming to town" and "Blue Christmas" (one of this year's favourites songs).
Celtic Woman All Albums (A Christmas Celebration or A Celtic Christmas)
Celtic Woman is a group of female musical singers who have come together to produce beautiful covers of Irish songs, but they also have some Christmas albums which are really going to make your geese pimple. Especially if you're into musicals and schmalzty songs, you will love this album. They have beautiful, clear voices and are accompanied by classically Irish instruments like the fiddle, harp or bodhran. Among the classics like "Hark the Herald Angels sing" or "Little Drummer Boy" they also do renditions of more traditional songs like "The Wexford Carol" or "Christmas Pipes". It is a blend of folk and musical style and really worth listening.
Pentatonix That's Christmas to me
A complete different direction, Pentatonix are a complete a capella band (no instruments) and sing the well-known carols like "Hark the Herald Angels sing" with a pop-like arrangement, making it a perfect album for a Christmas party or if you want to raise the mood levels.
Kate Rusby All Albums (especially The Frost is All Over and Sweet Bells)
Kate Rusby is a folk singer from Yorkshire, England (and my favourite singer in the world) and she has an angelic voice with which she captures the most wonderful English folk Christmas songs like "I saw three ships", "The Holly and the Ivy" or "Here we come A-Wassailing" as well as original songs. Especially for cuddling into an armchair in front of a fire with a hot cup of cocoa, Kate Rusby's Christmas music will set the right mood for you, as her songs aren't loud or obtrusive but calm and yet uplifting. My favourite song by her at the moment is "Cold Winter" from the The Frost is All Over album, but she has just released a new album and there are some great songs on that one too (it's called Angels & Men).
Glee Christmas Albums
Whether you are a fan of the musical TV show Glee (I am not), their Christmas songs are truly marvellous and you will get a broad range of various songs sung by different singers on the same CD, which makes it a great Christmas compilation. The music as well as the singing is topnotch and I really love to listen to their music, especially when I have a party on.
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