There really is something uniquely magical about listening to holiday music on vinyl. Pair the warmth and crackle of your favourite record with some fuzzy slippers and hot chocolate, and your spirits will instantly be elevated. We’ve put together our picks for holiday vinyl you’ll want to listen to year after year.
Merry Christmas, Mariah Carey
The best-selling Christmas album of all time, with over 15 million copies sold worldwide (more importantly, this is the album that blessed the world with “All I Want for Christmas is You”). Can you imagine the holidays without that song? What would we sing at Christmas karaoke? What song would be used in Love Actually as the climax of the cute kid story? We are blessed to exist on the same planet as this album.
Christmas, Michael Buble
Michael Buble’s dulcet voice might be the closest we get to Frank Sintara’s sound in our lifetime. A mix of jazzy ballads and soulful duets, Michael Bublé’s Christmas is the gift that keeps on giving. Just be prepared for repeat requests of his most iconic renditions, including “It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” and “White Christmas.”
A Very Special Christmas, Various Artists
The first charity album from 1987 in a long series benefiting the Special Olympics features an all-star lineup of some of the most iconic holiday songs in recent times from The Pointer Sisters (“Santa Claus is Coming to Town”), Stevie Nicks (“Silent Night”) and Bruce Springsteen (“Merry Christmas Baby”). It’s arguably the greatest Christmas rock ‘n’ roll album to ever exist.
Ultimate Christmas, Frank Sinatra
It’s Frank Sinatra singing your favourite Christmas songs. Twenty of Frank Sinatra’s most iconic festive holiday classics are to be gathered together to create a collection of holiday cheer. What else do you need to know?
Home Alone Christmas, Various Artists
If you’ve ever wanted to listen to the Home Alone movie soundtracks on vinyl, then you’ll want to get your hands on a limited-edition copy of this 12-part Christmas soundtrack. With only 1,500 copies available, this nostalgic collection provides the perfect mix of new and classic holiday tunes with no shortage of burglar repellent. Merry Christmas, ya filthy animals.
The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album, The Beach Boys
Listening to the Beach Boys at Christmas might help you feel like you’re spending the holidays on the Pacific Coast. With a mix of original Christmas songs and covers of Christmas classics, the Wilson brothers bring the angelic harmonies that made the group famous to basically every track, some sounding closer to hymns than pop records.
Put Your Records On
Who doesn’t love a good record player to complete the look of a room? Enjoy your favourite records all year round with one of these vintage-inspired players that’ll make the perfect accessory in your home.
No vinyl? No problem! Stream our holiday playlist on Spotify all season long.