The vinyl record was invented in 1877, and it dominated the market for an entire century.
After the invention of digital recording, people can listen to music via the computer or mobile device.
The market for the vinyl record seemingly disappeared for several years.
However, the way people enjoy music has changed, so they desire music to be tangible and real when they listen to music.
That is the reason why the vinyl record is making its comeback.
Christmas is coming. The melody of Christmas songs overwhelms every street corner.
In this article, we will introduce to you some Christmas vinyl records to spread our holiday cheer.
List of the Top 15 Christmas Vinyl Records to Play:
- Phil Spector, “A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector”
- The Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
- Elvis Presley, “Elvis’ Christmas Album”
- Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
- Various Artist, “Soul Christmas”
- Mariah Carey, “Merry Christmas”
- Nat King Cole, “The Magic of Christmas”
- Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas”
- The Beach Boys, “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album”
- Various Artists, “A Motown Christmas”
- Frank Sinatra, “A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra”
- Johnny Cash, “The Christmas Spirit”
- Sufjan Stevens, “Songs for Christmas”
- Gene Autry, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”
- Run-DMC, "Christmas in Hollis"
Let’s discover more about these 15 greatest Christmas albums.
1. Phil Spector, “A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector”
By 1963 Phil Spector was at the peak of his success on the pop charts with his magnificent ‘wall of sound’ production.
A Christmas Gift For You was first issued on the vinyl record in 1987.
It becomes the top Christmas album and one of the top pop-rock albums of all time.
The album contains our favorite caroling classics such as "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Sleigh Ride", and "Baby, Please Come Home".
2. The Vince Guaraldi Trio, “A Charlie Brown Christmas”
A Charlie Brown Christmas is the best part of the holiday season for millions of people.
It first appeared on the vinyl record in 1965. This record helped Guaraldi score a Peanuts feature, the role that defined his career later.
Among the legendary songs are "Linus and Lucy," "Christmas Time Is Here," and "Skating".
You will find these songs all familiar to spin during your Christmas party.
This music captures the mood of the holidays perfectly.
3. Elvis Presley, “Elvis’ Christmas Album”
In 1957, Elvis Presley released “Elvis’ Christmas Album” as a vinyl record.
This is the hottest holiday-themed record ever released in the US.
His version of "Blue Christmas" on this album is a recognizable holiday classic.
There were two original holiday songs as a wonderful mix of lighthearted rock & roll ("Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me" and “Santa Claus is Back in Town”).
4. Bing Crosby, “White Christmas”
Merry Christmas was first released in 1945. It became available on vinyl as White Christmas in 1955.
White Christmas has remained in print ever since.
Ranking as the best-seller of all time, it carries the charm and appeal for Christmas-music lovers.
That is the main reason why "White Christmas" is on repeat in every home.
The greatest tracks are "Silver Bells" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas”.
This album should be included in your collection if you are into Christmas classics.
5. Various Artist, “Soul Christmas”
The stars of the R&B came together for this fantastic 1968 set.
This set became the later vinyl release in 1972.
Clarence Carter gives his presents to all the ladies through “Back Door Santa”.
Otis Redding makes the pair of tracks (“Merry Christmas Baby” and “White Christmas”).
Run DMC work their instrumental magic on “Christmas in Hollis”. Booker T. & The MG’s contribute such favorites as “Silver Bells” and “Jingle Bells”.
6. Mariah Carey, “Merry Christmas”
Mariah Carey released Merry Christmas on red colored vinyl record in 1994.
The key track of the album is the hit “All I Want for Christmas is You”.
This album blesses the world with holiday classics like “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”.
7. Nat King Cole, “The Magic of Christmas”
Nat King Cole released The Magic of Christmas as a holiday vinyl record in the early 1960s.
In this Christmas album, Nat King Cole expresses the voice that can soothe any child's soul.
He brings a fun and bubbly side to many tracks and casts a captivating spell on classics like "Silent Night".
8. Ella Fitzgerald, “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas”
Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is a vinyl issue of Ella's 1960 holiday album.
The songs in this album are all easy listening with lyrics about the Christmas holiday.
The classics such as "Jingle Bells" and "Winter Wonderland” feature the timeless holiday fare and show her contagious spirit.
Ella Fitzgerald possesses a beautiful and perfect voice.
9. The Beach Boys, “The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album”
The Beach Boys created a memorable Christmas album, namely The Beach Boy's Christmas Album as a vinyl record in 1964.
This is considered the perfect soundtrack for those who prefer surfboards to sleighbells.
10. Various Artists, “A Motown Christmas”
A Motown Christmas was originally released as a vinyl record in 1973.
This album is a compilation of Christmas singles and album tracks from famous artists such as The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations, The Miracles and Smokey Robinson.
11. Frank Sinatra, “A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra”
Released in 1957, “A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra” is a vinyl record of mistletoe magic.
The key tracks of the album consist of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”.
12. Johnny Cash, “The Christmas Spirit”
Johnny Cash recorded Christmas albums throughout his career.
The Christmas Spirit became available on the vinyl record in 1963.
He shines on the song-poems Here was a Man or The Christmas Spirit.
This teaches us all to be thankful for what we can give rather than receive.
13. Sufjan Stevens, “Songs for Christmas”
In 2006, Sufjan Stevens released the first vinyl record Songs for Christmas as a special holiday gift for music lovers.
This is a box set of straightforward Christmas songs, including traditional favorites and impressive hits such as "Sister Winter", "Star of Wonder", and “Get Behind Me, Santa”.
Many of the songs on Songs for Christmas are naturally religious.
14. Gene Autry, “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer”
Gene Autry released this vinyl record in 1957 featuring "America's Favorite Singing Cowboy".
It includes Gene Autry’s classic Christmas songs.
You can find the extracted sound as expected in this Christmas album.
Every song on this record is an instantly recognizable classic.
This album includes original songs and beautiful Christmas classics, "Winter Wonderland" and "Baby, It's Cold Outside".
15. Run-DMC, "Christmas in Hollis"
Christmas in Hollis
In 1987, Run DMC released “Christmas in Hollis” as a vinyl single on two different holiday compilations.
The name of the album refers to Hollis where the members of Run DMC grew up.
The key tracks of the album include “Back Door Santa”, “Frosty the Snowman”, “Joy to the World”, and “Jingle Bells”.
People can touch and feel the music when they listen to music on vinyl records.
That is the reason why the vinyl record has now returned as the most impressive music format after its seeming disappearance for a time.
Christmas songs, in line with this trend, are being produced on vinyl records with different styles, including jazz or swing or rock 'n' roll to serve an enormous variety of music lovers.
These Christmas vinyl records are expected to bring people together to think about what the holiday season means to them and get music lovers in the holiday spirit.
Also, don't forget to take care of your vinyl collection. A cheap record cleaning machine can help you with the job professionally.