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Christmas Music on CD

Updated on October 17, 2014

Whatever style of music you listen to, there is a Christmas music CD for you!

Looking for some new Christmas music? Whatever type of music you listen to, there is sure to be a holiday CD for you -- whether it be pop, rock, R&B, children's or any of an endless list of music genres! Whether it is Christmas time or Christmas in July, fans of this genre of music will want to read on. You can buy Christmas music all year long and, if you buy in the off season, you have less competition!

If you are in the market for a particular music CD, make sure to check the wide selection of new and pre-owned CDs that I have available in my eBay store's Christmas music section at Treasures By Brenda.

Christmas Music Is...

How do you define Christmas music? A tough question! I think that Christmas music is music that is normally heard around in the period before and for a short period after the holiday. It can relate to Jesus Christ and the nativity as well as to other themes like winter, Father Christmas, elves, reindeer, and the north pole. It can also include traditions like the twelve days of Christmas, yule logs, stockings, lights, cards and perhaps most importantly, it brings memories and creates the feel and the mood of Christmas. Fortunately for music lovers, Christmas music is available in many different styles.

The Very Best Christmas Songs of All Time...

Challenged to come up with a short Christmas list of the top Christmas songs you might create a list that looks something like this:

  • White Christmas by Bing Crosby, 1942
  • The Little Drummer Boy, by the Harry Simeone Chorale, 1958
  • Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, 1957
  • Please Come Home for Christmas, Charles Brown, 1961
  • The Christmas Song, Nat King Cole 1946
  • Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley 1964
  • Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee 1958
  • White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter and the Drivers, 1954
  • Silver Bells by Earl Grant, 1966
  • The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks with David Seville (1958)

Elvis Presley The Christmas Songs
Elvis Presley The Christmas Songs | Source

Finest Pop Christmas Songs Of All Time

Including popular tunes by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley and more.

Pop music is defined as a style of music that is the most popular over a period of time. It was an abbreviation for popular music at one time but sometime in the 1950s it because symbolic of a music style.

Some of the top pop Christmas songs include:

  • The Christmas Song by King Cole Trio,
  • Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt, White Christmas by Bing Crosby,
  • Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley,
  • Winter Wonderland by Aretha Frankln,
  • I'll Be Home for Christmas by Bing Crosby,
  • I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd,
  • Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano,
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland
  • And The Little Drummer Boy by the Harry Simeone Chorale.

Greatest Christmas Rock Tunes

Rock music originally came from the 1940s and 50s. It usually features a vocal portion and guitar, drums and bass. Also includes organ, piano, mellotron and synthesizers plus sometimes saxophone, harmonica, violin, flute, French horn, banjo, melodica and timpani. Usually features a strong beat often set by an solid electric, hollow electric or acoustic guitar.

Some of the top rock Christmas tunes include Sock it to me Santa by Bob Seger and the Last Heard, Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC, The Little Drummer Boy by Jimi Hendrix, Little Drummer Boy by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Dancing with Santa by The Trashmen, Merry Christmas, Baby by Ike and Tina Turner, Christmas Blues by Canned Heat and the Chipmunks, Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry, Don't Believe in Christmas by The Sonics, Mr. Santa Claus by Nathaniel Mayer and the Fabulous Twilights, Santa Claus is Back in Town by Elvis Presley, Santa Claus is Coming to Town by Bruce Springsteen, (It's Gonna Be a) Punk Rock Christmas by the Ravers, Run Run Rudolph by Foghat and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee.

Best Doowop Christmas Records

Doo-wop features vocal-based rhythm and blues music originating from the black community and becoming popular in the 1950s in the United States

Top recordings in this category include:

  • Christmas in Jail by the Youngsters,
  • Just a Lonely Christmas/Hey Santa Claus by the Moonglows,
  • What Are You Doing New Year's eve by the Orioles,
  • White Christmas by the Ravens,
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by The Cadillacs,
  • Happy Holiday by The Shells,
  • Lonely Christmas by The Orioles,
  • The Christmas Song by the Drifters,
  • Dig that Crazy Santa Claus by Oscar McLollie
  • And the Honeyjumpers and Mr. Santa Claus by Nathaniel Mayer and the Fabulous Twilights.

Unsurpassed Rockabilly Christmas Records

Rockabilly can be called one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music and is from the early 1950's. Influences in rockabilly music include rock and roll, hillbilly (or country), western swing, blues, boogie woogie and jump blues.

Some of the top rockabilly records include Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee, Run Rudolph Run by Chuck Berry, Santa Claus is Back in Town by Elvis Presley and Sleigh Bell Rock by Three Aces and Joker.

Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown & Friends
Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown & Friends | Source

First Class Rhythm & Blues Christmas Songs

Rhythm and blues also can be called R&B or RnB and is a popular music style which combines jazz, gospel, and blues influences and which was originated with African American performers.

Top R&B recordings include:

White Christmas by Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters; Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) by Darlene Love; Merry Christmas Baby by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers with Charles Brown; Please Come Home for Christmas by Charles Brown; Boogie Woogie Santa Claus by Mabel Scott; Rhythm and Blues Christmas - Chuck Berry, Sonny Til and the Orioles Baby Washington, Charles Brown, Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, the Five Keys, Lowell Fulson, B.B. King, Marvin and Johnny and Amos Milburn; It's Christmas by Marvin and Johnny; Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs by Charles Brown; Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby by Amos Milburn and Sleigh Ride by Lloyd Glenn.

Twisted Christmas Songs

These Ones Are Pure Fun!

Top 'fun' Christmas songs include Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer by Elmo and Patsy, Christmas at Ground Zero by Weird Al Yankovic, All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) by Spike Jones or Gayla Peevey, Green Christma$ by Stan Freberg, Christmas Dragnet by Stan Freberg and Daws Butler, Christmas Carol by Tom Lehrer, The Chipmunk Song by The Chipmunks, Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses, I Just Go Nuts at Christmas by Yogi Yorgesson, Twelve Pains of Christmas by The Bob Rivers Comedy Corp, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus by Jimmy Boyd and I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas by Gayla Peevey.

The Ultimate Christmas Album Playlist - Here is a list for your next holiday party!

Looking for a great lineup of Christmas music? How about this one, recommended by Real Simple magazine? You will be all set for your holiday entertaining and no one will think they are at the mall or in an elevator!

Emmylou Harris' Light of the Stable

Emmylou Harris is a beautiful singer for whom the slower Christmas songs work best and take on new life. She is joined on this album by Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Neil Young.

Elvis Presley's Christmas Peace

Christmas Peace is a 2003 release which includes two CDs for a total of 40 tunes. One is holiday classics and the other is hymns.

Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

Wonderful collection of Christmas tunes recorded in 1960, the songs on this album have been called everything from sultry to sweet and cozy and even old favorites sound great when they're delivered by a jazz performer like Fitzgerald.

Bluegrass & White Snow: A Mountain Christmas

One of 2002's best Christmas albums with wonderful harmony and acoustic instrumentation, it features unexpected arrangements and beautiful sounds made with fiddles, dobro, guitars and singing. Great choice as a gift.

Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas

Take a time trip back to the days of your childhood! You will enjoy Guaraldi's piano playing. It will be an enchanting addition to your Christmas music collection.

James Brown's Funky Christmas

Brown pours his heart out in Merry Christmas Baby and Please Come Home but there are also a number of original songs on this album that make it fantastic. It includes songs from the seasonal albums that Brown released in 1966, 1968 and 1970.


The Chieftains' The Bells of Dublin

The Chieftains are joined by Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Marianne Faithfull, Rickie Lee Jones, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, and Nanci Griffith. This album has a wonderful Irish feel sometimes altered to suit the guest artists. A very enjoyable album.

Frank Sinatra's A Jolly Christmas

This digitally remastered version includes many of your favorite Frank Sinatra Christmas songs.

When Should You Start Playing Christmas Music?

Well, you have all heard it...Christmas music in the stores in November. When do you think the Christmas Music should start playing?

Before December

Before December

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    • karen vance loudermilk 6 years ago from charleston wv

      october

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      The day after Thanksgiving is fine with me.

    • Celticozarkian 8 years ago

      Thanksgiving is usually as long as I can hold out. I love Christmas music!!

    • totalhealth 8 years ago

      its nice to hear christmas songs starting the "ber" months. its makes you feel that christmas is coming.

    • MatCauthon 8 years ago

      Everyday... if everybody has the Christmas spirit... we'd be living in a better world

    December 1st

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      • supercibor lm 6 years ago

        I think Xmas should be celebrated everyday/ Why limit ourselves to a commercial season ?

      • Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

        December definitely. That's the Christmas month!

      • dannystaple 8 years ago

        I love Christmas music - but everything has an appropriate time and place. December and after is the time for Christmas music. I have heard it in UK stores from October, and this conveys a sense of desperation.

      • Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

        Christmas music starts way too soon. I like to hear it, but one month is enough.

      • ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

        I love Chirstmas music but if it starts too soon, I'm tired of it by Christmas.

      More Pages About Christmas Music!

      Christmas links to a Christmas radio station, Wikipedia, lyrics, a page full of Christmas gift and decorating ideas and a blog.

      It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas...

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          kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

          Is it me or does one song take over the holiday, and get played 10x as much as any other song? Two or three years ago it was Baby It's Cold Outside. Last year it was a carol, I forget which, but I'm thinking God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Another great lens, welcome to The eBay Canada Stores Group - Kathy

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          faithcreations 8 years ago

          Nice Lens! Welcome to the "SHOP AT HOME" group! Faith

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          religions7 8 years ago

          Great lens once again.

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          Kanga LM 8 years ago

          This is a fantastic lens! So much wonderful Christmas music... Now I think I need to organise some sort of Christmas in July celebration! :-)

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          moneygames 8 years ago

          It is not right time to talk about Christmas, but this lens is nice and rich of content.

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          PirateMummy 8 years ago

          Brenda, this is a great lens. I have bookmarked it and shall be back to shop at bit closer to Christmas. I like your taste - lots of old classics - Nat King Cole, Ella Fitz, Sinatra, Harry Connick Jnr - classy :)

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Thank you for setting up this Christmas music page. I have 3 Christmas music groups of my own on Yahoogroups. The first one I'll share is Christmas Music Is My Business. It's a great celebration of everything that has to do with holiday music(not just Christmas, but also Valentine's Day, Cinco De Julio, etc.). Anyone who wants to check out the group can go to this link:http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/christmasmusi... check the group out soon, won't you? Thanks for listening.

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          MatCauthon 8 years ago

          Christmas used to be my favorite time of the year...

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          Debbie 8 years ago from England

          Super lens. You've spent a long time putting this well researched lens together, well done! I had no idea James Brown had a Christmas album, I'm going to have to check that out! 5* and lensrolled to 'Christmas Crackers' ;)

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          ElizabethJeanAl 8 years ago

          I love Christmas music. I play it at school and at home while I'm working on the computer.Great lens.Lizzy

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          totalhealth 8 years ago

          thanks for this beautiful lens. I love listening to christmas music, specially when I hear it during the "ber" moths. it makes me really excited for christmas

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          Kitsune64 8 years ago

          Wow! There is a lot of music here! Fantastic lens, 5*, and lensrolled to "Kit's Favorite Christmas Songs."

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          Great lens and complete library of Christmas songs! I love them all!

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          What a terrific resource you have crafted for Christmas music -- sure to please all listeners! Great job.

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          Celticozarkian 8 years ago

          What a great lens!! I love Christmas music and start listening to it whenever it starts to get cold here in the Ozarks. Lots of fun facts and a great walk down memory lane with some of the old albums. Thanks for the fun start to the holiday season!

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          Adrienne Jenkins 8 years ago

          Good music is good music. Charlie Brown's Christmas album and the spririt of Christmas can be enjoyed all year round.

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          Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

          Nice lens! You show a wide range of Christmas music.

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          dannystaple 8 years ago

          Thank you for this. It has been lensrolled on Music and Songs over Christmas.

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          thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

          Yahoo you are a winner in The Squidoo Home for The Holidays Lens Contest So Go Grab your badge.

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          James M Becher 7 years ago from South Florida

          Great lense. I lensrolled it to my lense:

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          I love Christmas Music and you have some great selections here.

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          find_large_folders 7 years ago

          Christmas music is fantastic music, thanks for information.

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          DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

          Christmas music is some of my favorites! thanks for the recommendations.

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          RanchLady 6 years ago

          Hi Brenda... another great one! Always enjoy your lenses! Liked, Fav'd and rolled! Happy Holidays! :)

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          RanchLady 6 years ago

          Hi Brenda... another great one! Always enjoy your lenses! Liked, Fav'd and rolled! Happy Holidays! :)

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          Susan Deppner 6 years ago from Arkansas USA

          I've been known to play a favorite Christmas CD in July. I love Christmas music! Returning the lensroll to my Christmas Music CD lens (thanks!).

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          Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

          I like listening to Christmas music, but most of my listening is confined to songs from the 1970s and onwards. Some great picks here though...lensrolling to the Best Christmas Songs of the Seventies.

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          karen vance loudermilk 6 years ago from charleston wv

          love it!! christmas music at its best, yoiu can find it all here!

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          Sami4u LM 6 years ago

          HiAll these great lens you have Blessed :)

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          supercibor lm 6 years ago

          Why limit Xmas a a few days. It should be celebrated everyday of our lives.

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