51 Albums for the Holidays
What’s a good celebration without music? Below are 51 Christmas music albums for just the occasion. Thanks to iTunes & Amazon MP3s, you can be jammin’ in no time with digital music!
These albums are mostly R&B, Black Gospel, Soulful, and Hip-Hop albums with great song selections and artistry. They appear in no particular order.
1. “Christmas With You”–Lisa McClendon (2010)
Love R&B and neo soul sounds?
Lisa McClendon is a worship leader, mom, pastor’s wife, jewelry/fashion designer, and gifted singer & composer. She sounds like Lauryn Hill and Norah Jones. The track most requested on this CD is “El Shaddai.” Check it out.
2. “What Christmas Means”–Anthony Evans (2009)
Last year was when I first heard Anthony’s incredible worship CDs (I know, I know, where have I been, right). Anthony is the son of Dr. Tony Evans. He’s also a worship leader at his dad’s church, Oakcliff Fellowship. His albums definitely lead you into worship. I love Anthony’s style and voice, and you’ll enjoy his Christmas album. Check it out.
3. “Celebrating Christmas”–Hillsong (2010)
Hillsong has released five Christmas albums! You know you’ll be ushered right into worship with their music. I’ll feature their other albums below, as you’ll want to put some Hillsong into your Christmas mix. Check it out.
4. “Worship Sessions” Deluxe Christmas EP (2012)
This EP includes a Christmas sermon, spoken word, and remixes of worship songs by Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, Jesus Culture, & others. Grab it for $1 or more. Courtesy of Phil the Voice and Vine Style Records. Check it out.
5. “He Is Christmas”–Take 6 (1991)
Us older saints will remember the popular acapella group, Take 6. Brian Knight came from this group! These six seasoned saints, all brothers & close friends, will make you head nod to the music and message alike. One of my favorites on this album is “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” Check it out.
6. “A Timeless Christmas”–Israel & New Breed (2009)
Israel wrote the hit song, “I am a friend of God.” Two of my favorite artists, Cristabel Clack and Leah Smith (neither who have a Christmas CD), used to be part of New Breed. Random trivia there. If you like Israel & New Breed, you’ll like this one. Check it out.
7. “Just Remember”–Fred Hammond (2001)
My friend Missie hipped me to this artist years ago. Frankly, I don’t get down with everything Fred Hammond releases (to each her own, right?), but his Christmas album does feature some nice single MP3 selections for your Christmas worship music rotation. Check it out.
8. “It’s Christmas (Spread the News)–V. Rose (2012)
I really like this artist. She’s featured on some of FLAME’s projects (FLAME is a Christian rapper) & she has some nice CDs out. She has a clear, uncompromising attitude & message on purity and Christ. V-Rose doesn’t disappoint in this Christmas single. Check it out.
9. “Clear Sight Christmas”–FLAME (2011)
Clear Sight Music, the label FLAME runs, drops this CD featuring V.Rose and Young Noah. FLAME has been a class act from the beginning with a heart pumping love for God and spreading the Good News. This album is no different. Check it out.
10. “Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration”–Quincy Jones (1992)
This oldie but goodie is produced by Quincy Jones & features various artists. One of my favorite tracks is by Take 6 (Christian group) and Stevie Wonder called, “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion.” Song samples are here. There’s some nice surprises on it. Check it out.
11. “What A Wonderful Time”–Yolanda Adams (2007)
Yolanda released her second Christmas album in 2007, and it features the track, “Give Love On Christmas Day.” Admittedly, I think the popular “Yolanda Morning Show” on syndication radio is a hot mess, but if you like this artist, you’ll like her Christmas album. Check it out.
12. “Christmas with Yolanda Adams”–Yolanda Adams (2000)
Yolanda also released a Christmas album in 2000. This one features “Born This Day,” “O Holy Night,” and “Joy Medley (Joy To the World/Angels We Have Heard On High).” Check it out.
13. “Home for the Holidays”–Crystal Lewis (2010)
Crystal Lewis is gifted and anointed. I love her unique, soulful sound. Her song “Beauty for Ashes” is one of my favorites. She’s often featured in Greg Laurie’s Harvest Crusades. This is one of her two Christmas CDs. Check it out.
14. “Glory In The Highest”–Chris Tomlin (2012)
This is a worshipful Christmas album. “Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)” is a popular track. Features artists are Christy Nockels, Matt Redman, and Audrey Assad. I like the title track, “Glory In The Highest,” and “Winter Snow,” too. Check it out.
15. “25 Favorite Christmas Songs” – Veggie Tales (2009)
Parents and children alike can enjoy this fun, Christmas album. All main Veggie Tales characters are featured, in full personality. As always, there’s a “lesson” in there for your little ones. Go to veggietales.com for some great Christmas sales on all things Veggie Tales. Check it out.
16. “Sacred Holidays” –Jeff Majors (2008)
I first learned of Jeff Majors on the Oprah Show (being honest lol). He’s a phenomenal harpist. His Christmas album “Sacred Holidays” has some jewels on it. You can listen to song samples here. The harp is what David and many others in the Bible played, albeit the BC version. Check it out.
17 “A Special Christmas Gift” –John P. Kee & The New Life Comm. Choir (1996)
This album may be too loud for some. But if you appreciate traditional Black church praise & worship music, this album is sure to move your soul. It starts off with “Let Us Adore Him” & you’ll be adoring our Savior in no time. Check it out.
18. “Christmas In Diverse City”–TobyMac (2011)
This whole album appeals to me: its sound, creativity, remixes, etc. Not sure why I’m so surprised by this. Many favorite Christmas carols are featured. There’s featured artists too, such as Leigh Nash, Owl City, Jamie Grace, Nirva Ready, and Gabe Real & Liquid. Check it out.
19. “Christmas”–by Kirk Franklin (2007)
I’m not a huge fan of Kirk Franklin. Yikes, am I allowed to say that? “Now Behold the Lamb” is a very popular track on this CD. “Go Tell it on the Mountain” catapults me to a Black church I’d sometimes visit in FL while in college, that had an award-winning choir. Check it out.
20. “One Wish”–Whitney Houston (2003)
Whether or not Whitney’s self-proclaimed personal relationship with Jesus Christ was legit, one thing is for sure, God blessed her with an incredible, unforgettable gift. You may be surprised by this album. The track, “Little Drummer Boy” features her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. Check it out.
21. “White Christmas”–Rawsrvnt (2013)
This isn’t really an album, it’s a single track. And it’s listed as Christian Hip-Hop, a genre I support, so I’m listing it here. But it sounds more like Disco music, which is probably why I don’t like it. It was released just last month by Soul Deep Records. Check it out.
22. “First Christmas” –BeBe & CeCe Winans (1993)
Here’s a classic Christmas album by a classic singing duo. This brother & sister are a class act and make no apology when comes to singing about Jesus Christ in public or on their albums. This album is no different. Check it out.
23. “Home For Christmas” –Amy Grant (2007)
Amy Grant is no stranger to contemporary Christian and Gospel music. It’s where she started. On this album, she has a mix of traditional carols about our Savior’s birth mixed in with some self-composed Christmas songs about family. Check it out.
24. “Jesus Christmas (Live)”–Hillsong (2010)
Hillsong has produced a lot of Christmas albums, too. You can pretty much guarantee there’s going to be a few songs on there that minister to your soul and inspire you to worship the Lord in spirit & truth. Their albums contain authentic lyrics and modern, moving worship music. Check it out.
25. “Born is the King”–Hillsong (2011)
This Hillsong Christmas album came out in 2011. It features eight tracks, and the popular track in this collection is “Born Is The King (It’s Christmas).” Classic Hillson. Christmas style. Check it out.
26. “It’s Christmas”–Hillsong Live (2011)
This is a special edition re-release of the albums, “Christmas” and “Celebrating Christmas.” It contains two CDs, for the price of one. So you get a total of 26 tracks. This one was also released in 2011 like the one above. Two in one year. Wow. Cha-ching. Check it out.
27. “The Nativity Story – Sacred Songs” (2010)
This is a compilation album put out by WaterTower Music (not to be confused with WatchTower lol). It features artists like Jaci Velasquez, Point Of Grace, Amy Grant, and others. Check it out.
28. “Sounds of Christmas”–The Katinas (2010)
The Katinas did a concert in my backyard (well, the neighborhood park) when I lived at Hancock & Diamond in North Philly. It was an outreach sponsored by Calvary Chapel NE Philly. A little trivia there. This CD features their typical unique harmonies. Check it out.
29. “Family Christmas”–The Katinas (2004)
The Katina brothers released “Family Christmas” in 2004, their first Christmas CD. I like the track, “Mary, Did You Know?” Also, “O Holy Night.” This is classic Katinas, Christmas style. Check it out.
30. “A Mary Mary Christmas”–Mary Mary (2006)
This album has a song, “Still The Lamb,” featuring Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer who breaks down the real reason for the season quite nicely, at least the 30-second clips I heard suggests this (smile). This CD released in 2006 when Mary Mary was in full effect. Check it out.
31. “Happy Holidays”–Vickie Winans (2007)
Once, I attended a Vickie Winanas concert by accident. Don’t ask. Okay, ask. I went to church with a friend and didn’t realized it was a Vickie concert! Anyway, I first learned of this artist from a colleague who designs her promos. I don’t really care for her but many others seem to love her. She tries to copy Sister Act’s version of “Joyful Joyful.” Check it out.
32. “The Christmas Collection”–Amy Grant (2008)
Here’s another Amy Grant Christmas album. At least she’s not wearing something that resembles a Santa suit on this one. That’s not a bust. Okay, so maybe it was a bust. But the songs inside do sing of the true reason for the season. Check it out.
33. “Donnie’s Christmas Songs”–Donnie McClurkin (2011)
Donnie McClurkin released a few Christmas singles. Heard any of them? See, that’s why I’m listing this one, so you can learn of great things you know not lol. He also did a Christmas collab with Hezekiah Walker, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, and others. Check it out.
34. “Christmas Card”–Marvin Sapp (2013)
Marvin sings the song you hear allllll the time on 103.9 FM in Philly that goes, “Never woulda made it–” Yeah, that one. Awesome song, but they overplay it…. that’s one reason we need a new Christian radio station in Philly. Included in Marvin’s Christmas lineup on this CD is “What Child Is This” track featuring Commissioned. Check it out.
35. “Gift Rap”–The Cross Movement & Friends (2004)
Gift Rap is The Cross Movement plus friends telling the true reason–and meaning–of Christmas. I actually used to work for the non-profit arm this group created, also for its record label, and I did the website. A must-have if you like Christian rap! Check it out.
36. “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”–Take 6 (2010)
Here’s another Take 6 Christmas album–in perfect acapellic harmony. This one here features some fun Christmas songs like, “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch.” Hey, don’t be a grinch; Christians can enjoy those songs, too! Check it out.
37. “Yo! Ho Ho”–DC Talk (1990)
Remember the DC Talk era. Come on, don’t front like you weren’t jammin’ to this CD back in the day lol. My college roommate introduced me to DC Talk (shout out to Marie; she’s a missionary overseas). I watched this group perform these songs live at Night of Joy in Orlando, FL. Search YouTube to hear song samples. Check it out.
38. “We Have A Savior”–Hillsong (2012)
This Hillsong Christmas album has twelve (12) full tracks (the one in 2011 had eight (8) tracks). Popular on this album is “We Have a Savior” and “Born Is the King (It’s Christmas). I personally like “Unto Us.” I like “The First Noel (Holy Is the Lord), too. Check it out.
39. “A Christmas Album”–Amy Grant (2007)
Yet another Amy Grant Christmas classic. She really seems to like this season. Can you blame her? It’s the core of our faith. For God so loved the world that He sent His Son. That whoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Check it out.
40. “Wow Gospel Christmas” (2010)
I’m sure you’ve seen these albums. It’d seemed like this wouldn’t be a full listing without throwing some of these in here. This one features 30 classic Christmas songs from the top Gospel artists in 2010. Check it out.
41. “WOW Christmas 2013 Deluxe Edition” (2013)
Yeah, another WOW Christmas collection. This one is the 2013 edition! It features 36 top Christian artists and holiday songs? Is it any good? I dunno. Listen to the song samples to judge for yourself. Check it out.
42. “WOW Christmas [Red]” (2002)
When it rains, it pours. Another WOW Christmas album. Wow! Lol. This one was the 2002 edition. Perhaps there’s some obscure gems on it? It boasts of 30 top Christian artists and holiday songs. Check it out.
43. “Wow Christmas” (2011)
Well, the Wow cover for this album gets a little creative with the wreath, a departure from past WOW Christmas mix CDs. This one contains 32 Top Christian artists and holiday songs. Check it out.
44. “WOW Christmas [Green]” (2005)
This is a WOW Christmas CD featuring 30 Top Christian Artists and holiday songs. Check it out.
45. “A Very Veggie Christmas”–Veggie Tales (2005)
Here’s another Christmas CD for the kids. Okay, adults, too. You’re allowed to like Veggie Tales, too! Makes a nice gift for the little ones in your life. It features the whole VeggieTales gang! Check it out.
46. “This Christmas”–TobyMac (2002)
Here’s another TobMac Christmas album. Very interesting album cover. He has a couple other Christmas albums, too. Just search Amazon or iTunes for TobyMac Christmas. This album, “This Christmas” features two tracks only: “Joy To The World” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Check it out.
47. “My Christmas Prayer”–BeBe Winans (2003)
BeBe released a Christmas album in 2003 called, “My Christmas Prayer.” If you like BeBe Winanas, you’ll want to make sure he’s in rotation for your Christmas playlist. I can take BeBe or leave him, especially when his sister isn’t singing with him (smile), but that’s just me. Check it out.
48. “The Christmas Sessions –MercyMe (2005)
If you prayed for some Christian Rock Christmas music, your prayers were answered in 2005. MercyMe has a a nice collection of Christmas work in their own special style. I really like their redention of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” I have a soft spot for “I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day” too. Check it out.
49 “Holiday!”–Crystal Lewis (2000)
I’d be so remiss not to include one of my favorite artists, Crystal Lewis. So many friends in my circle are sleeping on this talented, gifted, and anointed woman of God. I love her “Beauty for Ashes” song. She has two Christmas albums out. Here’s one of them. Check it out.
50. “Christmas with Mahalia”–Mahalia Jackson (1990)
You thought I was going to forget Mahalia Jackson, didn’t you? She has a plethora of Christmas albums. Yes, I used the word plethora. Here’s one I wanted to highlight. She clearly singing to her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ. Salute to Mahalia! Check it out.
51. “A Brooklyn Tabernacle Christmas”–The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (2010)
You won’t be disappointed by the legendary Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir as they proclaim the reason for the season. Be sure to check out the third track. I’d say this is a must-have for your Christmas playlist. Check it out.
Hope you found something useful on this page! Feel free to share, of course. Music is a wonderful way to worship Jesus this holiday season. Introduce your family and loved ones who don’t know the Lord to some of this great music.
I created a YouTube playlist of some Christmas music, too. Just hit PLAY and it will play back-to-back Christmas songs. Check it out. What’s YOUR favorite Christian Christmas music? Post below in the comments. Merry CHRISTmas everyone!