Cyber Monday Central's Top Holiday Music of 2014

Holiday music always fills our hearts with warm feelings and tender memories. Every year, we cue up the classics and add a few new chestnuts to the fire. This year offers a rocking crop of new holiday music to warm our hearts and ears for years to come. Here are Cyber Monday Central’s top picks of new holiday music. Enjoy!

Top New Holiday Music for 2014

Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby
In this outstanding collection of holiday classics, veteran English rocker Rod Stewart recreates such favorites as “White Christmas” and “Let It Snow!” in his own unique style, adding several original songs along the way. Merry Christmas, Baby is sure to be a perennial hit.

Holidays Rule
This eclectic collection of traditional and modern holiday songs by a diverse mix of jazz, pop, and indie artists is one of the highlights of this year’s crop of yule tunes. Where else can you hear Paul McCartney, Irma Thomas, Rufus Wainwright, The Shins, Y la Bamba, The Civil Wars, and Andrew Bird in one lively collection of traditional and modern holiday music?

Lady Antebellum: On This Winter’s Night
For a more down-home Christmas, Nashville’s own Lady Antebellum’s collection of American Christmas classics and original songs is already climbing the country charts and is a lock as Number 1 on the Holiday Charts.

A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years Bringing Joy to the World
This lively mix of country and rock artists performing holiday ditties celebrates 25 years of benefits for the Special Olympics. Amy Grant, Dave Matthews Band, Cheap Trick, Christina Aguilera, Vince Gill, and many others donate their efforts for charity and share their favorite Christmas songs.

Celtic Women: Home for Christmas
Lush harmonies and traditional arrangements make this all-female Irish ensemble international superstars. This new collection of holiday music is an instant classic.

Willie Nelson: The Classic Christmas Album
After a six-decade career redefining American music, Willie Nelson is a national treasure. On this new collection of traditional holiday classics, Willie’s distinctive baritone adds warmth and intimacy, making this collection a must-have.

Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas
The soundtrack to a Peanuts cartoon is one of the most beloved holiday albums of all time, and this newly remastered and expanded version offers three previously unreleased songs. Now’s a great time to replace that old disc!

The Polyphonic Spree: Holidaydream - Sounds of the Holidays, Vol. 1
The Polyphonic Spree is a Texas-based rock orchestra known for their unique approach to live performance and musical interpretation. This collection of mostly traditional holiday songs is both adventurous and accessible.

Old Favorites from Years Gone By

Taylor Swift: Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection
America is crazy about America’s darling and her new collection of Christmas songs, including “Last Christmas,” “Christmas Must Be Something More,” and “Christmas When You Were Mine.”

Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas II You
Pop diva Mariah Carey follows up her 1990s holiday collection with this mix of old standards and new seasonal songs, including an “extra festive” version of her smash hit “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” This brand new release is sure to become a perennial favorite!

Shelby Lynne: Merry Christmas
The popular singer-songwriter is releasing her first holiday album, which includes many standards as well as two original songs. Standards include “Silent Night,” “White Christmas,” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” all performed in Lynne’s unique style.

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Currier & Ives Holiday Collection
This beautifully produced 5-CD set includes lushly orchestrated versions of all your favorite holiday songs and carols. Also newly released is a 1-CD best-of set called Spirit of the Season.

Susan Boyle: The Gift
Britain’s popular amateur singer returns just in time for Christmas with her second full-length CD, filled with heartfelt spiritual songs. Perfect for the holidays!

Glee: The Music : The Christmas Album
This lively mix of contemporary and traditional holiday songs from the cast of the popular TV series Glee is sure to become a classic!

Christmas with the Rat Pack
Spend the holidays with Frank, Dean, and Sammy with this compilation of classic Rat Pack Christmas moments from the ’50s and ’60s. The holidays just aren’t the same without your musical uncles leading the songs.

Celtic Thunder: Christmas
The popular PBS fund-raisers bring us 14 classic holiday songs done in their unique Irish vocal style. This is a boy band for the ages singing ageless carols we all know and love!

Jackie Evancho: O Holy Night
Child prodigy and America’s Got Talent favorite Jackie Evancho sings holiday songs on this short collection. The CD contains 4 songs, and the DVD has a bonus song and interview. This special release is sure to be a collector’s item!

Indigo Girls: Holly Happy Days
The Indigo Girls were the folksy darlings of alternative rock, and their soulful voices have aged like wine. Hear them deliver 12 happy holiday songs in a collection you’ll want to play every year.

The Canadian Tenors: The Perfect Gift
The internationally popular quartet performs 12 classic carols in their impeccable, mellow style. Goes great with a roaring fire!

Wilson Phillips: Christmas in Harmony
The daughters of The Mamas & The Papas perform fresh versions of Christmas classics, including “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day” and “Our Prayer.”

Andrea Bocelli: My Christmas
The world-famous Italian tenor’s holiday collection was released last season, but it’s still a hot seller this year! People are whispering “instant classic”!

Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia
Innovative pop diva Annie Lennox gives her unique voice to an eclectic mix of standard favorites and obscure folk songs on this highly anticipated collection of Christmas songs.

Katharine McPhee: Christmas Is the Time...(To Say I Love You)
American Idol alum Katharine McPhee’s third album is a collection of holiday songs that has her fans buzzing! See what they’re talking about by taking a sleigh ride with Katharine.

Top Classic Holiday Albums

Bing Crosby: White Christmas
Chances are, you probably already have this holiday record. But isn’t it about time you replaced that worn-out CD?

Peanuts: A Charlie Brown Christmas: The Original Sound Track Recording of the CBS Television Special
Heart-warming holiday jazz that should be a staple in any record collection.

Frank Sinatra: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
Ol' Blue Eyes recorded many holiday songs, but this 1957 collection is the best.Ol’ Blue Eyes recorded many holiday songs, but this 1957 collection is the best.

Ella Fitzgerald: Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
A classic collection from one of the greatest jazz singers of all time.

Elvis Presley: Elvis' Christmas Album
Few Christmas records are more memorable than this, and few have sold more copies over the years.

They Might Be Giants: They Might Be Giants in Holidayland
This short collection (only 5 songs) is a kid-friendly holiday classic from one of the giants of alternative rock.

Various Artists: Motown Christmas
Christmas. Motown. Nothing more needs to be said!

Various Artists: A Very Special Christmas
Proceeds from this excellent collection of holiday music benefits the Special Olympics.

Barbra Streisand: Christmas Album
This 1967 classic has been a perennial favorite for many years.

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song
Simply unforgettable. A must have!

Tony Bennett: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album
This is one of the essential collections from one of the all-time great song stylists.

Johnny Mathis: The Christmas Music of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection
This is a greatest holiday hits collection from one of the sweetest voices of the ’60s.

Andy Williams: The Andy Williams Christmas Album
Another classic from the classic generation of American song stylists. Released in 1963, it includes “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” sung the way it should be, as only Andy could sing it.

Dean Martin: Christmas with Dino
Another collection of classic Christmas songs that every holiday hearth should have.

David Benoit: Christmastime
If you like Vince Guaraldi (Peanuts), you’ll love this collection of piano Christmas songs.

Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong
One of the best holiday albums from recent years, the Canadian singer covers traditional classics as well as modern stand-bys such as “Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)” by John Lennon, all performed in McLachlan adult contemporary folk style. An essential holiday record.

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