Friday, December 23, 2016

12 Essential Christmas Albums, 1960-2016

Each year during November and December, I obsess about Christmas music and make numerous Advent and Christmas playlists, many of which have been shared on our radio program “Teacher On The Radio” or given away on homemade mixtape CDs, burned one-by-one on my computer. My passion is for new and creative versions of sacred songs, though I do love an occasional Santa song, too. By no means an exhaustive list, here are 12 essential Christmas albums I absolutely love, spanning seven decades and mostly in the realm of folk, gospel, and soul. All are available on Spotify, so go revisit your favorites or check out something new. Merry Christmas!

Josh Garrels - The Light Came Down 2016
Beta Radio - The Songs The Season Brings, Vols. 1-4 2015
Anthony Hamilton - Home For The Holidays 2014
Sarah McLachlan - Wintersong  2006 and Wonderland 2016
Kathy Mattea - Good News 1993 and Joy for Christmas Day 2003
Elizabeth Mitchell - The Sounding Joy 2013
Odetta - Christmas Spirituals 1960
Staple Singers - 25th Day of December 1962
John Denver - Rocky Mountain Christmas 1975

Bruce Cockburn - Christmas 1993

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