• Devon

    There’s a Muppets Christmas album with John Denver. I don’t know what it’s called, but I remember it being a lot of fun to listen to.

  • dani

    My family always loved the Chipmunks, but also John Denver and the Muppets’ Christmas album. The latter is still one of the first that I reach for when I want holiday music.

    My new favorite? Mariah Carey’s Christmas album. If nothing else you’ll want her vocal chords.

  • http://www.smockblog.com julie

    straight no chaser!!

    you need that
    plus they’re adorable. search for them on you tube, they’ve got a great story about how they reunited 10 years after they sang togheter at IU

    lemme know if you like them

  • Anonymous

    Your child seriously needs to hear some chanukah songs along with all that yule log music.


  • Emily

    Mannheim Steamroller!! Maybe it sounds a little 80s, but it is the ideal background Christmas music (for tree-decorating, cookie-baking, drowning out childrens’ yelling, etc.).

  • Anonymous

    heather-you must download I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas. Gayla Peavey. DO. IT. NOW.

  • Caitin

    I grew up with Bing Crosby and Martina McBride, and they are still what I hear every Christmas season

    I would also suggest Michael Buble and Kristin Chenoweth.
    happy holidays!

  • Anonymous

    I’m not going to read all 1000 or so comments, but after browsing the first 300, I noticed no one had mentioned NSYNC, 98 Degrees or Jessica Simpson. LMAO.

  • http://lifewithharper.blogspot.com Harper’s Mom

    DOOCE!!! Don’t let another year go by without including Tiny Tim’s Christmas Album. Trust me, and I speak from experience, it’s served best with Rum!

    Also, if you use satelite TV, there’s a Christmas music channel.

  • Tricia

    Okay Armstrongs,

    I admit it: I only scanned the first 300 entries, but since no one seems to have mentioned it yet and you asked for “nutty” I gotta say:

    Elvis’s Christmas Album

    Plus, he’s from a generation Grandma and Grandpa can appreciate, too.

    The best song is the strip-club-sounding “Santa Claus is Back in Town.”

    Got no sleigh with reindeer
    No sack on my back
    You’re gonna see me comin’
    In a big, black Cadillac

    Listen to that one without laughing.


  • http://www.startingfromhere.com Natalie

    Not nutty, but Sarah Mclachlan’s Christmas album is lovely, as is anything by Harry Connick, jr. Of course, that’s just because he evokes the good ole days and all of the classic rat pack stuff. I never liked Charlie Brown.

    And, if you don’t have the Chipmunks album from the recent movie, there’s always that. It’s playing on a continuous loop in our car right now and includes some non-christmas nuttiness; like my personal favorite – Funkytown. Yeah, watch Leta pronounce that! C’mon, it’ll be fun.

  • http://www.becomingjolie.wordpress.com Jolie

    your comments scare the bejeebies out of me. I mean, can you even read all of these!?

    but just in case you can:
    I second Sufjan Stevens. Ah. Love his Christmas Box Set.
    Rosie Thomas just came out with a new Christmas cd, I hear it’s great.
    Mariah Carey Christmas. Yeah, the one from like 1991. It is my favorite.
    both of Harry Connick Jr.’s Christmas albums.

  • Lynn

    I cannot tolerate “regular” Christmas music…. goes back to my days in retail when I was in college.
    An absolute must is Bob Rivers “Twisted Christmas” some might be not suitable for Leta… but Mommy and Daddy will find it rather catchy!

    Listen to some samples on Amazon


  • Lisa W.

    Anything by Elvis, Aaron Neville’s Soulful Christmas, Bruce Cockburn, Nat King Cole and some version of Nutcracker Suite are requirements for our home.

  • http://www.amythemom.com Amy the Mom

    Any and all of Harry Connick Jr.’s Christmas CD’s especially the first one, “When My Heart Finds Christmas.”
    Dwight Yoakam’s “Come on Christmas” (title song very depressing, but the final tune, “Santa Can’t Stay” is a nutty white trash romp)
    Raul Malo “Marshmellow World”
    “Elf” Soundtrack
    Michael Buble “Let it Snow”
    “Elvis Presley Christmas Duets”

  • Shelly

    I’m not sure if you’ve ever heard of Hawksley Workman, but he’s a Canadian musician who’s pretty well-known for his well-written lyrics, stage presense and quirkiness. From what I’ve read you’re into good music and, well, I think you’d like Mr. Workman.

    His Christmas album is called “Almost A Full Moon” – it’s funny, just the right amount of Holiday-ish without being unlistenable and it’s awesome – and REALLY fun to sing along too.


  • Missy

    I second (third?) the nominations for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. It is so fun and sweet and ridiculous. It came from a horrible early 80′s Christmas special, and I still love it at the age of 27.

    Also, New Kids on the Block “Funky, Funky Christmas” is a must. :)

  • jepwaite

    With all the high tech gadgetry in your house, I’m astonished you don’t listen to pandora.com. A streaming music site based on the music genome project. It made me excited to listen to music again.

  • Stephanie

    probably won’t see this one anywhere else in the comments, but Hanson’s christmas CD is awesome – upbeat, fun, with catchy covers and lovely original songs.

    also, rosie thomas’ ‘why can’t it be christmastime all year’ is so fun and will have all of yall dancing around the house while you (finish) decorating.

  • Kristin

    I agree that Run DMC’s Christmas in Hollis is a great one! We also love Dominic the Donkey by Lou Monte, but that may only be because we are Italians, and our neighbors have a donkey.

  • http://www.goeverson.com snooze


    who the heck is … Sufjan Stevens ?

    He did a whole album about… ILLINOIS ? (I’m from … Illinois) This dude rocks!

    Always learning something new from your readers Dooce…


  • Meredith

    Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas! Also, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Mannheim Steamroller stuff is entertaining.

  • http://salvationamy.wordpress.com Amy

    I have to join the chorus of John Denver/Muppets. Who knew that hokey was so lasting. Truly wonderful mix of silly and serious.

    It’s not Christmas without it. Well, for me. My kids are all teenagers, and they think I’m crazy.

    And the Peace Carol makes me cry every time.

  • mellymel

    Sufjan Steven’s Christmas album – amazing.

  • Anonymous

    the best christmas music i think i have ever heard is the glorious ” Veggie Tales: A Very Veggie Christmas.” that’s right…all the songs are sung by vegetables. how much kookier can you get?!? (might I add that not only do you get to enjoy 13 songs–there is also talking vegetable dialogue too.) i’m not gonna lie…christmas just isn’t the same without “vegetables talking to a polish caterer” <—only one fine example of the quality of this selection. seriously though, it is a cute CD that little kids, and sometimes adults, seem to find hilarious.

  • JB

    Christmas Cocktails, Vols. 1-3 from the Ultra-Lounge series. Awesome.

  • http://www.stevencochrane.org Steven

    Apart from Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas boxed set, which has been mentioned, and Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas,” which should go without saying, Rosie Thomas released a nice Christmas album this year (“A Very Rosie Christmas”). “Why Can’t It Be Christmastime All Year” is a great song, anyway, even if some of the rest of the album skews a bit morose.

  • Melissa

    How in the world did I not know that Over the Rhine had a Christmas album? Thank you, commenters!

  • Anonymous

    The Light in the Stable by Emmylou Harris — beautiful, traditional, but not cheesy!

  • http://goingon40.blogspot.com/ Carly

    Two bizzare ones I like are

    I’m getting Nuttin’ for christmas (’cause I ain’t been nothing but bad)

    The hat I got for Christmas is too big…. (it’s nice, but my sombrero is too big, can’t tell one thing from another, I got married to my brother, oh the hat I got for christmas is tooo big….. )

    Definitely the Muppets 12 days of Christmas too!!

  • Leah

    Has anyone mentioned Bing Crosby yet? Start with “Mele Kalikimaka” on repeat at least three times.

  • Nicole

    The OC’s Chrismukkah album IS fantastic (as someone above pointed out) — Maybe This Christmas by Ron Sexsmith is amazing. (so good it made it onto TWO Chrismukkah episodes)

  • http://notjenniferaniston.blogspot.com leila

    I love love love Aimee Mann’s Christmas Album: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_More_Drifter_in_the_Snow

    It might be the perfect thing for when you want some holiday music that doesn’t scream HOLIDAY MUSIC at you. It was on repeat last year in my household. (And by the way if you ever have a chance to see her holiday variety show live, do it!)

  • http://asmymotherbeforeme.blogspot.com shani

    Robert Earl Keen
    Merry Christmas from the family- I know you will appreciate it.

  • Stephanie

    OMG PLEASE BUY THIS ONE. Cyndi Lauper, Merry Christmas… Have a Nice Life. It is totally nutty and addictive. It’s just weird and quirky enough, but still sounds like Christmas. You will NOT regret it. And when Leta dyes her hair pink and puts on three different pairs of earrings, well, you can send me the thank you note.

  • Joy Tincher

    Funny enough I just bloged about this a few weeks back on my blog. My favorite Christmas Album of all time is…wait for it…..Hanson – Snowed In. Don’t laugh, it’s so good. Here is the link to my music blog: http://joytincher.blogspot.com/2008/11/christmas-music.html

    Love your blog.

  • Krista

    Thousands of comments about Christmas music. Wow you are brave. :) I grew up with Mannheim Steamroller Christmas albums. It’s mostly instrumental though. But funky at times. Not your traditional take on the same old songs.

  • Julie

    You gotta hear Gary, The Green Nosed Reindeer by MC Lars on the album A Winter’s Night (I think that’s the name). Gary is Rudolph’s half-brother and he saves Christmas by foiling Osama Bin Laden’s plan to kidnap Rudolph and cause 911 Part 2. It’s got a catchy tune that will stick in your head.

  • Heather

    John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain Christmas.” This IS Christmas for me.

    Lessee. On my mixed CD:

    “Kidnap the Sandy Claws” from “The Nightmare before Christmas”
    Bob and Doug McKenzie’s “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Because everyone deserves a beer in a tree.
    “Step into Christmas,” Elton John
    The one by Band Aid. Transports me to high school every time.
    Bruce Springsteen, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
    Paul McCartney, “Wonderful Christmas Time”
    John Lennon, “So This is Christmas”
    Adam Sandler, “The Hanukkah Song”

    Anything by Diana Krall. And I LURVE the Charlie Brown Christmas. But only half of it.

  • Jo

    I’ve been there, done that with all of the standard/classics; yes they are beautiful, and they’re good, but


    You will LOVE IT! Jon will LOVE IT! Leta will LOVE IT!

    C H R I S I S A A K C H R I S T M A S
    C H R I S I S A A K C H R I S T M A S
    C H R I S I S A A K C H R I S T M A S

    A must have CD for the holidays. Can’t wait for you to hear it.

  • http://jodifur.blogspot.com/ jodifur

    Barenaked ladies for the holidays, especially Elf’s Lament


  • KellyE

    While I adore Christmas music and listen to a wide spectrum … Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island is always played first (and usually last … I want his versions stuck in my head)

  • Missy

    Target has a Disney’s Princess Holiday CD … we also like the soundtrack to the movie The Polar Express. When we decorate, we usually have the tv on with the movie “A Christmas Story”, our favorite holiday movie. I also remember the Muppets Christmas and country christmas music from the radio when I was growing up.

  • leah

    i have to echo the jingle cats sentiment. that’s a quirky family tradition i’ve loved since i was a fourth-grader. i’m sure by now (15-ish years later) my parents would love to retire the album, but secretly they love it just as much as my brother and i do. :) the music is actually pretty good, even if you don’t dig the meowing.

    seriously . . . jingle cats- meowy christmas. you’ll thank us later.

  • http://icelandweatherreport.com Alda

    Diana Krall’s Christmas Songs is my favourite.

  • Tiffanie

    I don’t have the energy to read the bajillion comments before mine but I’m suggesting “Ella’s Swinging Christmas” with Ella Fitzgerald. If you look on iTunes there are two versions – get the album with the presents on it. Fave songs: well – all of them. I blast it and sing through making cookies.

  • wheezer345

    When I was growing up and decorating a “fake” tree (thanks to my mom who is allergic to real trees) we listened to “Ray Conniff and the Ray Conniff Singers/We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. It has the usual Christmas songs you can sing with but has some funny interludes. They segway from one song to another by someone saying “Look who’s standing under the mistltoe!!!!” and the singers start laughing! Who can’t have fun decorating a tree with that playing in the background???!!!!!

  • http://notskywalker.blogspot.com anika

    Sufjan Stevens’ Christmas Album is the best ever. Nutty and great and it also comes with stickers.

  • EmilyG

    I have to say my favorites as a kid were the Holiday Singalong with Mitch Miller and even nuttier, Once Upon a Christmas by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. I still like them now, sometimes you just need cheesy holiday music!

    p.s.-does Leta have the Free to Be, You and Me cd yet? I hope so!

  • http://beyondthewindow.wordpress.com beyond

    as a child we would get our tree on dec 24th. the christkind brought it. very european. literally christkind ist of course christ child, but it’s more of a fairy child, at least that’s how i always imagined it.
    i just discovered ‘a very special christmas’, it’s very 80s, fun and wacky; the pointer sisters, madonna, eurythmics, complete with a keith haring on the cover.