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Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums of 2008

Updated on November 26, 2012

New Christmas Album Releases for 2008

This is a listing of the Top 10 Christmas Releases & Videos for 2008.

This years collection includes quite a variety of singing styles.

These are my Nominations for these Categories:

Most Retro: Elvis duets with current artists laid over original tracks?

I liked it with Natalie Cole and her dad, but not sure about this one.

So, I also Nominated for Most Creepy.

Most like the Classics: Sarah Brighton

Most Surprising: Sixpence None the Richer

Most Folksy: TIE: Mary Chapin Carpenter & Melissa Etheridge

Most Atmospheric: Enya

Most Cheerful Christmas Music: Kristin Chenoweth

This is the first in a series of Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums. Other topics includes 2009, 2007 as well as Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums of All Time, and Best-selling U.S. Christmas Holiday albums.

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Mary Chapin Carpenter ~ Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas ~ Still, Still, Still

Mary Chapin Carpenter ~ Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas CD

Once in Royal David's City

Hot Buttered Rum

Still, Still, Still

On a Quiet Christmas Morn

Come Darkness, Come Light

Christmas Time in the City

Candlelight Carol

The Longest Night of the Year

Thanksgiving Song

Bells Are Ringing

Christmas Carol

Children, Go Where I Send Thee

Mary Chapin Carpenter ~ Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas CD

Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas
Come Darkness Come Light: Twelve Songs of Christmas

A Christmas album worth listening to all year long. When Mary Chapin Carpenter set out to create Come Darkness, Come Light, she took a far different approach to recording a holiday album than most artists do. Rather than simply lending her voice to time-worn Christmas standards, Mary Chapin wrote her own set of heartfelt songs which explore the many meanings and emotions that Christmas evokes in each of us. These songs, mixed with a few hand-picked gems from other writers and rarely heard traditional tunes, will speak directly to the hearts of all Mary Chapin Carpenter fans...Click to see more.


Faith Hill ~ Joy to the World ~ Joy to the World

Faith Hill ~ Joy to the World

Joy To The World!

What Child Is This?

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

Little Drummer Boy

O Come, All Ye Faithful

Holly Jolly Christmas

Away In A Manger

O Holy Night!

Winter Wonderland

Silent Night, Holy Night!

A Baby Changes Everything

Faith Hill ~ Joy to the World CD

Joy To The World
Joy To The World

The first holiday album from super-star Faith Hill, 'Joy To The World' is a joy to behold, featuring beautiful new versions of ten traditional and modern classics, complete with horns, strings, woodwinds, percussion and chorales, much like the big-band orchestras of the 40's and 50's. One of the most popular music stars in America, Faith Hill celebrates the joy-and faith- of the season with 'Joy to the World.'


Enya ~ And Winter Came ~ And Winter Came

Enya ~ And Winter Came

And Winter Came

Journey Of The Angels

White Is In The Winter Night

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Trains And Winter Rains

Dreams Are More Precious

Last Time By Moonlight

One Toy Soldier

Stars And Midnight Blue

The Spirit Of Christmas Past

My! My! Time Flies!

Oiche Chiuin [Chorale]

Enya ~ And Winter Came

Twenty years after her landmark Watermark album, Enya's seventh studio disc, And Winter Came continues a phenomenally successful career that has included more than 70 million albums sold worldwide. And Winter Came is an enchanting evocation of the changing landscape of winter as well as the festive cheer of the holidays. One of the most successful female artists of all-time, and second only to U2 as the biggest selling Irish artist in history, Enya brings her beguiling and ethereal music to bear on the darkest and yet most hopeful season with And Winter Came.

And Winter Came
And Winter Came

Amazon Customer Review: Enchanting, magical, soothing; the best music for sitting by the window, watching the snow fall.Wonderful as background too, during the holidays when company is over your house.Excellent sound quality. I highly recommend it.


Elliott Yamin ~ My Kind of Holiday ~ Back Door Santa

Elliott Yamin ~ My Kind of Holiday

This Christmas

Warm Me Up

Jingle Bells

A Very Merry Christmas

Little Drummer Boy

Back Door Santa

The Christmas Song

Merry Christmas, Baby

Let's Be Naughty (And Save Santa the Trip)

Christmas Without Carol

Elliott Yamin ~ My Kind of Holiday CD

My Kind of Holiday
My Kind of Holiday

Amazon Customer Review: When I heard that Elliott Yamin (Ameican Idol) was putting out a new Christmas CD, I knew I needed to get it for my Christmas collection. I am a great fan of his music and this Christmas CD did not disappoint me. Although I like traditional Christmas music, I also like contemporary Christmas music. Elliott Yamin gives us his own soulful, funky, upbeat sound that I found exciting and fun. I especially enjoyed Warm Me Up and Christmas Without Carol but every song is a hit with me.


Melissa Etheridge ~ A New Thought for Christmas ~ Christmas (Baby, Please come home)

Melissa Etheridge ~ A New Thought for Christmas

Blue Christmas


Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

Ring The Bells

Merry Christmas Baby

Christmas In America

Light A Light

It's Christmas Time

O Night Divine

Melissa Etheridge ~ A New Thought for Christmas CD

A New Thought For Christmas
A New Thought For Christmas

What if someone made a Christmas album for everybody else? That's exactly what Melissa Etheridge has done. Working alongside her producer David Cole, Melissa's songs celebrate a spiritual time of year where people can rejoice in their traditional, or non-traditional ways, and celebrate a winter solstice filled with love and peace. This ten song album has newly composed songs such as "Ring The Bells," "Light A Light," and "It's Christmas Time" interspersed with traditional holiday standards such as "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" and "Blue Christmas." This album begs the question, "If we're all talking about peace on earth, what if we all concentrated on peace on earth and made it happen?


Sarah Brightman ~ A Winter Symphony ~ Amazing Grace

Sarah Brightman ~ A Winter Symphony


Colder Than Winter

Ave Maria

Silent Night

In The Bleak Midwinter

I've Been This Way Before

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

Child In A Manger

I Wish It Could Be Christmas

Amazing Grace

Ave Maria

I Believe In Father Christmas

Sarah Brightman ~ A Winter Symphony CD

A Winter Symphony
A Winter Symphony

Amazon Review:Sarah Brightman's done something quite extraordinary...and that is to create an album of Holiday music which EVERYBODY, regardless of their religion (or lack thereof) can enjoy. Sarah's life the past few years has been challenging to say the least, and she's overcome those challenges in a most amazing manner which has been reflected in the joint "Symphony"/"Winter Symphony" albums. Like all true artists, she's taken her personal life with it's triumphs and tragedies, integrated it into her works and once again given her fans a transcendent experience that allows us to rise with her into a more hopeful future... Click to see more.


Kristin Chenoweth ~ A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas ~ Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World

Kristin Chenoweth A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Christmas Island

The Christmas Waltz

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Sleigh Ride/Marshmallow World


Silver Bells

Come On Ring Those Bells

What Child Is This?

Home On Christmas Day

Born On Christmas Day

Sleep Well Little Child

Kristin Chenoweth ~ A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas CD

Amazon Customer Review:

As much as I love Christmas music, there are very few CD's that grab me from the moment I first start listening to them. But that was the case with this CD. From the very first note of "I'll Be Home for Christmas," I was drawn into a world of snow and twinkling lights and presents. Kristin's voice made me want to snuggle up by a fire, and its still 80's degrees here in Southern California...

Click to see more.

A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas
A Lovely Way To Spend Christmas

Amazon Review:A wonderful Christmas album of familiar and less familiar tunes sung by a remarkable singer. Kristin Chenoweth brings joy to anyone who sees her, but her singing is also a breath of fresh air. Honest, and full of life. I bought 3 copies of this CD to give to family/friends.


Sixpence None the Richer ~ Dawn of Grace ~ Silent Night

I wasn't sure what to expect from this group. Surprisingly, this is my favorite version of "Silent Night" this.

Sixpence None the Richer ~ Dawn of Grace

Angels We Have Heard On High

The Last Christmas

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Silent Night

Riu Riu Chiu

Carol Of The Bells

Christmas Island


Christmas For Two

Some Children See Him

Sixpence ~ None the Richer Dawn of Grace CD

From Amazon Reviews:

* Outstanding effort by Sixpence None the Richer. Their take on Silent Night is the best I've ever heard.

* If You are familiar with Leigh Nash or Sixpence None the Richer & are a fan

then you can't go wrong with this record. As Always Leigh's voice is amazing! She Has a God given gift and anyone who hears that Angelic voice could not disagree.

The Dawn Of Grace
The Dawn Of Grace

Amazon Customer Review: I have always been impressed with Sixpence None the Richer's ability to put out quality albums, and when I heard that they would be putting out a Christmas album I was excited to hear the results. I was not disappointed. This album provides a nice mix of traditional and original songs, with fresh takes on some classics...Click to see more.


Elvis Presley ~ Christmas Duets ~ White Christmas with Amy Grant

Elvis Presley ~ Christmas Duets

Blue Christmas

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Here Comes Santa Claus

Santa Claus Is Back in Town

Silent Night

White Christmas

Merry Christmas Baby

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Silver Bells

O Come, All Ye Faithful

The First Noel

If I Get Home On Christmas Day

Winter Wonderland

Elvis Presley ~ Christmas Duets CD

Duets with:

Martina McBride

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood

Wynonna Judd

Sara Evans

Amy Grant

Gretchen Wilson

Karen Fairchild & Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town

Anne Murray

Olivia Newton-John

Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Amazon Customer Review: I love this. The first track I listened to was "If I Get Home on Christmas Day" because that is my favorite Elvis Christmas song. I love the way they updated the music without trying to make it sound trendy or phony. Next I listened to Winter Wonderland - they really made the rhythmic elements of this song shine...Click to see more.


Sheryl Crow ~ Home for Christmas ~ I'll Be Home For Christmas

Sheryl Crow ~ Home for Christmas ~ Merry Christmas, Baby - Not available as Mp3 at this time. Song version is from A very Special Christmas 1999

All Through The Night

The Bells Of St. Mary's

Blue Christmas

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

Go Tell It On The Mountain

I'll Be Home For Christmas

Merry Christmas, Baby

O Holy Night

There Is A Star That Shines Tonight

White Christmas

Sheryl Crow ~ Home for Christmas

On Home for Christmas, Sheryl Crow puts her spin on favorite holiday songs, featuring classics as well as an original, called "There Is A Star That Shines Tonight."

Home for Christmas (2010 edition)
Home for Christmas (2010 edition)

Amazon Customer Review: I've been listening to this CD for over a week now and it just gets better and better. Been hoping for a Christmas album by Sheryl for years and this one was worth the wait. Fantastic!


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