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Mary, Did You Know: The Must-have Holiday CDs

  • Written by  Pez
  • Published in Features

Modern Christmas music ranges from festive (Mariah’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’) to festy (New Kids On The Block’s ‘Funky, Funky Christmas’). 

So we decided to trudge through the snow for you, and find the one’s worth purchasing. 

Forget your mum's Michael Bublé CD - here are your must-have holiday albums, guaranteed to make the yultetide gay!


Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped In Red (2013)


*Produced by Greg Kurstin (Sia's 'Chandelier', P!nk's 'Try', Ellie Goulding's 'Burn').

*Defies genre limitations to include country, rock, & Phil Spector wall of sound-styled production.

*Newly written Christmas tunes hold up beautifully alongside standards.


Bette Midler - Cool Yule (2006)


*Grammy nominated (unheard of for a Christmas album!) for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album.

*Includes stunning Christmas reworking of 'From A Distance'.

*Sentimental standards like 'White Christmas' delivered as only Bette can.


Mary J Blige – A Mary Christmas (2013)


*Produced by David Foster (Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' soundtrack).

*Lush arrangements, soulful vocals, & big orchestra backing. SO classy!

*Duets with heavy-hitters like Barbra Streisand & Marc Anthony.


Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You (2010)


*Underrated sequel to Mariah's 1994 Christmas classic.

*Beautifully arranged medleys of Chrsitmas standards & powerful new compositions. 

*Includes co-writes & production with Broadway icon, Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Smash).


Kristin Chenoweth – Lovely Way To Spend Christmas (2008)


*Soaring, sparkling vocals from a modern Broadway icon.

*Blends jazz, big band, & hints of country.

*Packed with personality & charm.


Barbra Streisand - The Classic Christmas Album (2013)


*A compilation of the best moments of Barbra's 1967 & 2001 Christmas albums.

*Warm, tender vocals.

*Oy to the world!


RuPaul - Ho Ho Ho! (1997)


*Camp selections like 'I Saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus', 'You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch' & 'Santa Baby'.

*Duets with 'Drag Race' judge Michelle Visage.

*'All I Want For Christmas' name checks breast implants, a tummy tuck & rhinoplasty as potential gifts.

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