Christmas Tree LightsFor as long as I can remember I’ve been an avid fan of Christmas music. Classic to new – it’s amazing just how many different ways a Christmas song can be styled and recorded. Personally, I’ve collected some 1,300 songs for over 80 hours of non-stop Noel. While some of you are probably pulling your hair out at the non-stop bombardment of commercialism – I could listen to this particular music over and over… (I even listen to it once in a while when it’s not the holiday time!)

Since I wasn’t able to get any new Christmas recordings done of my own this year, I thought I’d try my hand at putting together a Top 10 list of Christmas favorites by other artists… It was a lot harder than I had imagined… And even after pulling a first set of songs together – I pushed the list to 16 songs! And I left a good 15 more on the cutting room floor… not to count entire albums that are perfect for parties.

That being said, I eventually pulled together a list of songs that I actually enjoy on repeat… You’ll find that these selections aren’t your regular “That’s What I Call Music!!” or “Best Christmas Songs EVER!!” type lists. Or even a collection of “standards”. I’ve left the need for Bing Crosby, Band Aid, Burl Ives, What! to be left to other sites! (Although I did come across an updated version of “Last Christmas” by Britt Nicole that almost made the list…)

I’m also take a few seconds to plug my own selection of Christmas CDs that I’ve created over the years… (And at which I try each year to make a new one… without much success!)

Now for the list… By using the icons shown below you can download or stream hi and lo-fi versions of my prepared 30-second song samples. You can even grab a playlist of all of the selections and listen to them one after another…

  1. Download Play Play Low Fidelity SHeDAISY – Deck The Halls
  2. Download Play Play Low Fidelity The Big Band – Joy To The World
  3. Download Play Play Low Fidelity The Cathedral Brass – Joy To The World (Mocean Worker Remix)
  4. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Dance Nation – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  5. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Frank McComb – This Christmas
  6. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Jimmy McGriff – The Christmas Song (Tonal Remix)
  7. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Bryan Lubeck – The First Noel
  8. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Dave Koz – Little Drummer Boy
  9. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Dixieland – Frosty The Snowman
  10. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Joe Williams – Jingle Bells (Bombay Dub Orchestra Remix)
  11. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Spyro Gyra – Feliz Navidad
  12. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Tom Scott – Feliz Navidad
  13. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Fourplay – Amazing Grace
  14. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Ray Conniff – Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
  15. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Mannheim Steamroller – Traditions Of Christmas
  16. Download Play Play Low Fidelity Heidi Klum – Wonderland

Enjoy! And feel free to surprise me with some updated covers of these classics…

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