December 5, The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved December 6, It was a peaceful song that became a wartime classic. Its unorthodox, melancholy melody, and mere 54 words, expressing the simple yearning for a return to happier times—sounded instantly familiar when sung by America's favorite crooner. But 67 years after its introduction, some still are surprised to learn that Bing Crosby's recording of the Irving Berlin ballad "White Christmas" became not only the runaway smash-hit for the World War II holidays, but the best-selling record of all time.
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December 21, Retrieved January 1, After you listen to this album you are sure to become a fan. Seek out her other non-holiday albums as well. She is well-worth a discovery. If you are not familiar with Harry's other work, he has a New Orleans influenced crooners style that makes him sound simultaneously modern and classic.
He covers some of the classics such as a jazzed up version of "Sleigh Ride" that will have you dancing around the room and a quietly reverent "Ave Maria. This song is sure to enter the canon of Christmas classics as the years progress. For this I can't recommend one particular album. Buy one. Buy ten. You can't go wrong with the Mormon Tabernacle, Album).
This choir sings everything from religious to secular music. Their dynamic sound and blend along with the full orchestra is a religious experience whether you are religious or not. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir has been in existence for over years and is an important part of many Christmas celebrations both nationally and internationally.
Make sure that you have at least one of their albums in your collection. Karen Carpenter's haunting and beautiful voice, a voice that we lost much too young, makes the Carpenter's "Christmas Portrait" another one of those playable albums from beginning to end.
Some of their songs are instantly classics such as Karen's voice singing a particularly longing rendition of "I'll Be Home for Christmas.
The Carpenter's album does a good job of mixing secular and religious music together in one album, celebrating all aspects of the holiday. Even though the album came out in the music and instrumentation doesn't sound dated. Rather it has a timeless appeal that makes you happy every time it comes up on your music rotation. This one surprised me. CeeLo can be a controversial figure and frankly he's sometimes a jerk. But his Christmas album is surprisingly fun and interesting.
While the album is very listenable from beginning to end there are a few special highlights. Sometimes when this song is covered, the two singers don't actually sound like they are listening to each other or having a conversation, but this one does.
And really, what is Christmas without a bit of Muppets? He also covers religious songs like "Mary Did You Know? It's fun and unique while still being true to the original version's sound and intent. This fantastic, all-male a cappella group burst into the national spot light a few years ago.
They are now a staple of many holiday shows and experiences. While they put out a new album every year and you really can't go wrong with any of them, their best album is the "Holiday Spirits. This album is perky and fun and you'll find yourself having a hard time believing that all the sounds you hear are voices only, no instruments at all. From the soothing "Silent Night" to the perky "Twelve Days of Christmas," this album will become an instant must-play for you every year.
My favorite is "Carol of the Bells" and I find myself listening to it over and over again. No one misses a beat. Everything is perfectly synchronized as the beat gets faster and louder and the parts more complicated. If you haven't Album) Straight No Chaser yet, I promise one listen will immediately convert you to a life-long fan. This and this alone is why you must own this album.
These songs are perfect for winding down a long day of holiday activities or when you are wanting to unwind by the fireplace. Nat's dreamy voice makes your want to fall asleep on a soft cloud of comfort.
With two versions of "The Christmas Song" sandwiching the extensive playlist, it begins and ends the way it shouldwith one of the best Christmas songs of all time. You may not think of Louis Armstrong and Christmas music but this album is really fantastic.
Everyone knows "What A Wonderful World. He sings traditional carols such as "Silent Night" and "Winter Wonderland. The best song on the album, though, is the opener "Christmas Time in New Orleans. Once you hear this song, it will become a regular on your Christmas playlist.
Christmas music tastes are Album) unique and personal. One man's love makes another groan. We all have that song we must hear every year and the one we never want to hear again can I get a block on all playings "Christmas Shoes? Regardless of your personal tastes, Christmas music can put you, your family and your guests in the holiday mood.
Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. Good job! I never heard the Carpenters Christmas album, but now I gotta check it out. These songs I play every year and the memories keep on growing longer. Enjoy your Christmas!! Great hub. My favorite Christmas album has always been the Carpenters. I like this acapella group and plan to buy an album.
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