Modern Holiday Hits at the Library

If you’re looking for some tunes to put you in the holiday spirit and want some new renditions to spice up your playlists, here are some of the many festive CD’s we have available at the library! Ask your reference librarian where to find these hidden gems!

And Winter Came by Enya
Known for her folksy music and Celtic Roots, Irish musician Enya presents this winter album with lots of original music, along with a few holiday classics.

Cee Lo’s Magic Moment by Cee Lo Green
Cee Lo Green is no stranger to the top of the billboard charts, and his experience in pop shows through the many featured artists he sings with on this album. Singing alongside the likes of Christina Aguilera, Rod Stewart, and Disney’s The Muppets, this festive album is packed full of surprises.

Cheers It’s Christmas by Blake Shelton
If you’re looking for Christmas music with a more country vibe, look no further than Blake Shelton’s holiday album. Joined by country music faves Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, Pistol Annies, and many more. Listen for holiday favorites, along with a few new original tracks.

Christmas by Michael Bublé
Modern crooner Michael Bublé lends his impressive pipes to many a Christmas classic, singing from a perspective that is both modern and evocative at the same time. This album was the first Christmas record to ever win the Juno Award for Album of the Year.

Christmas Cheers by Straight No Chaser
In the holiday spirit, a capella groups immediately evoke images of carolers going door to door to spread cheer. Straight No Chaser is no exception, lending their vocal talents to many a caroler’s tunes.

A Christmas Cornucopia by Annie Lennox
Formerly one half of the 80’s pop duo Eurythmics, Annie Lennox has since made a very successful solo career for herself. In this album, she sings some of her absolute holiday favorites, along with an original song written by Lennox herself.

Christmas in Tahoe by Train
Known widely for their hits like “Hey, Soul Sister” and “Drops of Jupiter,” rock band Train takes on the holiday season with this album featuring fifteen covers of their favorite holiday tunes.

Happy Xmas by Eric Clapton
Rock superstar Eric Clapton released his holiday album just this year, where he offers a mix of popular Christmas tracks and some hidden holiday gems. Clapton brings his signature blues style to each song, and even wrote an original song for the album.

Harry for the Holidays by Harry Connick Jr.
This is not Harry Connick Jr.’s first Christmas album, nor would it be his last. Nevertheless, Harry for the Holidays has remained one of the best-selling holiday albums of all time. Need more Holiday Harry? Check out his albums When My Heart Finds Christmas and What a Night!: A Christmas Album, his other two Christmas records.

Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel
Rising to fame on Broadway, Idina Menzel has long established herself as a musical sensation. If you’ve seen Disney’s Frozen, you might recognize her voice as Queen Elsa. This album features many holiday favorites, along with a duet with fellow holiday album alum Michael Bublé.

Holidays Rule! by Various Performers
Holidays Rule! features a number of popular indie musicians, alongside music greats like Paul McCartney and Rufus Wainwright. With holiday covers by The Shins, Fun., The Civil Wars, The Head and the Heart, and many more, this album is a must listen for any alternative rock fan.

It’s the Holiday Season by Martina McBride
Just released this October, country music star Martina McBride’s holiday album features many festive favorites, all sung with her impressive vocal range and signature Southern charm.

Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey
Even though this album came out in 1994, it’s staying power is evident, as it features one of the only original Christmas songs of the past few decades that’s popularity continually grows each year, “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” For fans looking for a more modern take from Mariah, check out Merry Christmas II You, her follow-up album from 2010.

Merry Christmas, Baby by Rod Stewart
One of the best-selling music artists of all time, Rod Stewart’s Christmas album is a wonderful addition to your holiday collection. Featuring artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Bublé, and Mary J. Blige, Stewart’s star-studded album is the ultimate holiday jam.

Midwinter Graces by Tori Amos
Known for a music style that has been called “baroque pop,” musician Tori Amos gives these holiday classics an entirely new sound, reminiscent of her signature baroque pop style.

Noël by Josh Groban
Josh Groban has made a name for himself with his impressive vocal talents, so it’s no wonder he would make a holiday album to show off his stellar pipes. From commercial hit songs to operatic ballads, Groban provides the type of music that brings tears to your eyes.

A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe by Pentatonix
Winner of the third season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix is the who’s who of popular a capella music. This album features a capella covers of your favorite holiday songs, along with some catchy original festive tunes. If you want more holiday songs from Pentatonix, check out their 2014 album That’s Christmas to Me.

Simply Christmas by Leslie Odom Jr.
If the name Leslie Odom Jr. sounds familiar, it might be because he won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor for his role as Aaron Burr in the Broadway sensation Hamilton. When he’s not on stage, Leslie Odom Jr. skews more towards jazz, and his Christmas album offers many jazzy takes on holiday classics.

Songs for Christmas by Sufjan Stevens
There are artists who make Christmas albums, and then there is Sufjan Stevens. Songs For Christmas isn’t an album: it’s a five-disc box set of Christmas music recorded and performed by Stevens himself. If that isn’t enough, in 2012 he released Silver & Gold: Songs For Christmas, a box set with another five discs of festive favorites.

Warmer in the Winter by Lindsey Stirling
Lindsey Stirling, a violinist, made waves when she started combining her musical performances with choreographed dances. In this album, she takes on many holiday favorites, with guest vocals by Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G, and Trombone Shorty.

Winter Songs presented by The Hotel Café
This compilation album features music from a wide variety of singer-songwriters, such as Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, KT Tunstall, Katy Perry, Lenka, and more.