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Christmas Music: A Guide

Posted by jon on November 9, 2009 in not so deep thoughts |

I love Christmas Music! I love to hear the classics like Bing Crosby and Andy Williams. I love hearing the Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith albums that were played around my house EVERY year growing up. I really love hearing new arrangements from the likes of Jars of Clay, Shane & Shane and Bebo Norman. There are so many cbxmasgreat Christmas albums out there it can be hard to find the right one(s).

The cynic in me realizes there does seem to be a bit of a formula to a lot of these Christmas albums. You get an original song, a cool new arrangement to a classic and then they throw in a couple favorites to fill it out. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I makes it even more exciting when you find a gem that doesn’t just mail in the formula. Casting Crowns and Third Day both put out Christmas CD’s last year. They could have easily mailed it in and the CD’s would have sold on the name value, but those CD’s were sneaky good, and you really get your money’s worth out of them. As I mentioned before Shane & Shane and Bebo Norman put out a great albums as well.

I noticed last week that several of the stores are setting up displays for Christmas Music, so I will now provide you with some must haves for your Christmas Music library.

Top 10 Christmas Albums
10. Chris Rice – The Living Room Sessions: Christmas (Also find the “Merry Chris Rice EP”)
9. Steven Curtis Chapman – The Music of Christmas
8. Casting Crowns – Peace on Earth
7. Various – Come Let Us Adore Him
6. Michael W. Smith – Christmastime
5. Shane & Shane – Glory in the Highest
4. Relient K – Let it Snow Baby, Let it Reindeer (Great title!)
3. Third Day – Christmas Offerings
2. Amy Grant – Home for Christmas
1. Andrew Peterson – Behold the Lamb of God (if you don’t enjoy it I’ll pay of it)

New this year that I think are must haves
Chris Tomlin – Glory in the Highest: Worship Songs for Christmas
Downhere – How Many Kings: Songs for Christmas

The 5 Best Original Christmas Songs
5. Welcome to Our World – Michael W. Smith
4. How Many Kings – Downhere
3. Mary’s Prayer – Bebo Norman
2. Born to Die – Shane & Shane
1. Labor of Love – Andrew Peterson

The 5 Best Christmas Arrangements
5. Joy to the World – Chris Tomlin
4. What Child is This – Third Day
3. Jingle Bells – Barenaked Ladies
2. 12 Days of Christmas – Relient K
1. Little Drummer Boy – Jars of Clay

 

So there you go. Let me know if these suggestions are helpful. God is Everywhere.

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