We have made our list and checked it twice. This season, Hoopla is offering up several top albums guaranteed to lift your spirits as you finish your last minute holiday preparations. The holiday music shelves may be looking bare at the library, but Hoopla allows you to check out an album at any time - no waiting, no holds, and no late fees. Check out our top picks for holiday music, available for streaming right now...
1. Idina Menzel - Holiday Wishes
Newly released, Menzel's latest album features a variety of holiday classics, from Silent Night to Baby It's Cold Outside. The Tony Award-winning singer, known as the voice behind Let It Go in Disney's Frozen, lends her signature broadway voice to an album that is sure to create the warm atmosphere we are all after around the holidays.
2. Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful Christmas
For those of you craving a bit more swing, check out Armstrong's What a Wonderful Christmas. Top tracks include Armstrong originals such as 'Zat You, Santa Claus?' and 'Christmas Night in Harlem' and Duke Ellington's jazzy version of 'Jingle Bells'. The perfect album for holiday parties!
3. Michael Buble - Christmas
For a contemporary album with a classic spin, try Michael Buble's Christmas. Buble lends his distinct crooning to holiday classics such as 'It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas' and 'Santa Claus is Coming To Town,' and teams up with other industry greats such as Shania Twain ('White Christmas' ) and The Puppini Sisters ('Jingle Bells').
4. White Christmas (40 Unforgettable Christmas Songs)
A compilation of classics by Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, and many others. This album features some of the finest holiday recordings out there, and is perfect for the classic holiday music fan.
5. Josh Groban - Noel
For an adult contemporary holiday, look no further than Josh Groban's Noel, featuring a blend of traditional ('Silent Night', 'Angels We Have Heard on High) and modern ('I'll Be Home For Christmas', 'Thankful'). Don't miss 'O Come All Ye Faithful' featuring Groban backed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
6. Christmas at Downton Abbey
Offering a collection of period carols and hymns, this compilation offers up a plethora of tradional Christmas melodies. Interspersed throughout are recordings of carols by Elizabeth McGovern (Lady Cora) and Julian Ovenden (Charles Blake), as well as a Christmas story track read by Jim Carter (Mr. Carson). Also included is an exclusive holiday version of the Downton Abbey suite.
7. A Charlie Brown Christmas
The remastered and expanded edition of A Charlie Brown Christmas will send you straight back to your childhood with classics such as 'Christmas Time is Here' and 'O Tannenbaum'. Lauded as one of the most popular holiday albums of all time, Vince Guaraldi's classic arrangements are a must listen.
8. Ellen's The Only Holiday Album You'll Ever Need
A compilation of contemporary holiday hits, including Coldplay's Christmas Lights, Wham!'s Last Christmas, and a cover of Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree by She & Him. Classic artists such as The Ronettes and Jackson 5 also make an appearance on the album.
9. Mad Men Christmas
For a 60's Christmas, look no further than the newly released Mad Men Christmas album, featuring classics by Dean Martin and Mel Torme and themes from the show's soundtrack.
10. Christmas With The Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby
This album provides a snapshot of the 1940's, with covers of popular hits such as 'Twelve Days of Christmas' and 'Jingle Bells' and a spectacular recording of 'Christmas in Killarney'.
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