11 Classic Christmas Albums for Hipsters and Holy Rollers

Yes, I’m an RV junkie…but I’m also a Christmas music junky.  After taking that last bite of Thanksgiving turkey I dust off my albums and crank up the tunes.

Are you throwing a Christmas party this year?  Or just looking for some new sounds to help you celebrate the season?  I have you covered with my 11 favorite Christmas albums, from Satchmo to the King and everything in-between.

Click on the album or song titles for iTunes and start making your own festive mix that will bring you good cheer for years to come.

Louis Armstrong: What a Wonderful Christmas 

Satchmo was hip and holy.  He believed his talents were given to him by God.  He was right.

Favorite Track: Christmas in New Orleans



Doug Munro & La Pompe Attack: A Very Gypsy Christmas

Bored with another suburban Christmas? Let this album bring you to a magical land far, far away.

Favorite Track: Let it Snow



Kermit Ruffins: Have a Crazy Cool Christmas!

Crazy? Check. Cool? Check. Bring the sights, sounds and smells of modern New Orleans home for Christmas.

Favorite Track: A Saints Christmas



Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, JR: Christmas with the Rat Pack

All of the boys are in fine form here, and behaving for once.  But if you ask me, Dino steals the show.

Favorite Track: I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm


A Christmas Gift For You: From Phil Spector

You won’t need mistletoe to get soulful kisses with this warm and romantic Christmas album.

Favorite Track: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus



Christmas Grass: A Celebration of Christmas, Bluegrass Style

Head to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the Holidays. Don’t spill the egg-nog when your toes start tapping.

Favorite Track: Winter Wonderland



The Beach Boys: Christmas Harmonies

The angelic harmonies of summer’s favorite sons are surprisingly perfect for the holidays. Let some California sun warm up your Christmas party.

Favorite Tracks: Frosty the Snowman


She & Him: A Very She and Him Christmas

Are your holiday guests garbed in beards and skinny jeans? Then this one’s for you. M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel are hip without being haughty.

Favorite Track: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree


Oscar Peterson: An Oscar Peterson Christmas

Oscar Peterson was a jazz giant and a keyboard wizard. Let him bring some magic to your Christmas mix.

Favorite Track: White Christmas


Andy Williams: The Andy Williams Christmas Album

Classy without being corny.  Put on a jacket and tie. Your grandfather’s Christmas music really was better than yours.

Favorite Tracks: Happy Holiday / The Holiday Season


Elvis Presley: Elvis Christmas 

Elvis really feels every single one of these tracks. The King was also the King of Christmas music. Who’s surprised?

Favorite Track: Oh Come, All Ye Faithful


Do you have a favorite Christmas album?  Drop us a note and let us know. We are always looking to add something new to our Christmas Mix!

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