Classic Christmas Albums
Christmas with the California Raisins (1988)
Stars of the hit 1980's claymation series, the California Raisins produced an album to help spread holiday cheer with the 1988 classic Christmas with the California Raisins. Including renditions of “Frosty the Snowman”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, Christmas with the California Raisins provides listeners with a great sense of holiday spirit and quality vocals from the sweet sun-dried grape quartet.
Featuring an all-star lineup including Elton John, Bob Seger, Jon Bon Jovi, and Chuck Berry, A Rock N' Roll Christmas mixes an array of musical genres to produce a rock n' roll feel to Christmas. Volume 2 of A Rock N' Roll Christmas features the classic beer-filled-rendition of the “12 Days of Christmas” by Canadians Bob and Doug Mackenzie.
A Chipmunk Christmas (1981)
Nothing says Christmas like three adopted chipmunks singing Christmas carols. From Theodore's stupidity to Alvin's impossibly-high alto voice screeching out “All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth,” this album is has stood the test of time, so long as you can find some turn-tables to spin it.
Whoever thought that people would want to watch a cartoon, let alone buy a record, based on the premise that a single, adult male could raise three chipmunks like humans, was either a total nut job, or a complete genius. Oh Dave Seville, I can still remember you screaming “ALVIN”!!! at the top of your lungs after the troublesome chipmunk broke a plate on that Christmas record.
As it turns out the Chipmunks have released 38 albums, eight of the Christmas, and 30 singles. My favourites include “Alvin & the Chipmunks Greatest Hits: Still Squeaky After All These Years”, which was released in 1999 and ever popular “The Chipmunks a Go-Go”, which was released in 1965. The varmint trio has also won three Grammy's since 1959.
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
The Original Sound Track Recording Of The CBS Television Special.
Like the holiday special of the same name, this classic will get you in the holiday gift-giving/wrapping mood. Including songs by the Peanuts themselves like “O Tannenbaum,” “What Child Is This” and “My Little Drum” and snippets of dialogue from the actual television show, which as we all know kicks those claymation elves ass when it comes to Holiday specials.
Do They Know It's Christmas?(1984)
This song, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, burst onto the music scene over twenty years ago and was an instant holiday hit. Originally sung by Band Aid, a compilation of artists ranging from Bono to George Michael and James Taylor, the project was specifically designed to raise money for Ethiopian famine relief.
They only took a day to record the vocals and the video is constantly shown on MTV and Much Music throughout the holidays.
The classic was remastered in time for Chirstmas in 2004, featuring British artist as Chris Martian of Coldplay and many others.