It’s been four months since our last Music for Your Midweek, which means it’s been three months too long! Since December is the month I like to bump Christmas music all day long, let’s jump back in with a list of my favorite Christmas albums.
Usually we share these on a Wednesday, but my plans were foiled by delayed flight, super late (or early depending on how you want to look at it) arrival in Boulder for Christmas with family, and our two hour time difference. Not to mention lots of glorious sleep and family time. Since it’s still Thursday “morning” where we are, let’s get to it. (As always, I’m throwing in links to listen for free on Spotify. These aren’t affiliate links, just my favorite way to stream music and share it with others.)
Francesca Batistelli – Christmas
This is one of my favorite albums this year, and “You’re Here” is probably my favorite modern Christmas song ever. Listen to the full album for free here.
Chris Tomlin – Christmas Songs of Worship
Pretty much everything Chris Tomlin does is amazing, so it’s no surprise his Christmas album feels like an instant classic. Listen to the full album here.
Cee-Lo Green – Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment
I once managed a Tom Cruise style slide across the floor to the opening track. This is most likely to win “best Christmas party album” on the list. Listen to the full album here.
Martina McBride – White Christmas
Martina McBride’s album is another one that feels like a classic from start to finish from her versions of “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful” to “Jingle Bells.” Listen to the full album here.
Sidewalk Prophets – Merry Christmas to You
This one just came out this year, and I’m already loving it. It’s quick and fun and “What a Glorious Night” is a great new track. Listen to the full album here.
Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas / Merry Christmas II You
It goes without saying. I play these every year, and “Oh Holy Night” still gives me shivers. I like Merry Christmas II You just as much as the original, and “One Child” is also high up on my list of new songs I love. Listen to Merry Christmas here and Merry Christmas II You here.
Phil Wickham – Songs for Christmas
Love, love, love this album from start to finish. “O Come O Come Emmanuel” is incredible. Listen to the full album here.
You can listen to all of the above tracks plus some in the playlist below. If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can sign up for one for free to stream music on a computer or phone. Wishing you a Merry Christmas season!
Picture by Stephanie Oh.