We know, we know. Halloween hasn't happened yet, but we don't want to lose sight of the fact that November 1 (aka the first day when it's socially acceptable to blast Xmas music 24/7) is also fast approaching.
To help you prep for two months of feeling nothing but jolly, we've rounded up 10 of the best Christmas albums (and songs!) of all time. Check them out below!
1. Kelly Clarkson - Wrapped in Red
"Underneath the Tree" - An original that merges the familiar bells and sounds of classic Christmas songs with Kelly's trademark belty and raspy refrains. The girl can seriously do no wrong.
2. Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
"Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" - No "All I Want For Xmas Is You?" Blasphemy! While we certainly appreciate our favorite diva's signature holiday song, nothing compares to the power vocals of the elusive chanteuse in her prime. This song captures everything we love(d) about soulful Mariah, who made hitting high C's look as easy as pumpkin pie.
3. Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas
"White Christmas" - Oh, Bing. How he has us Southerners and Californians longing for a snowy 25th. It's all in the vibrato.
4. Brian McKnight - Bethlehem
"Christmastime Is Here" - We're going to cheat a little and pull a song from the Charlie Brown Christmas
album with this stripped down version of McKnight's best. Who knew Christmastime could be so...sexy? Does this song not make you want to drink eggnog by an open fire while naked on a bearskin rug? There's just something about that piano and overall jazzy vibe. 5. Whitney Houston - One Wish: The Holiday Album
"Joy to the World" - If anyone's going to make you raise your hand in the air and yell "PRAISE THE BIRTH OF JESUS!," it's Whitney. This gospel interpretation, made possible by The Georgia Mass Choir, will rid you of any having-to-deal-with-the-in-laws demons and possess you with the holiday spirit. It's an Xmas album miracle!
6. Celine Dion - These Are Special Nights
"Oh Holy Night" - Celine's take on the Christmas classic is probably the most vocally impressive of the bunch. We don't think the night could get any holier after the Canadian with the killer voice simply slays it. Those last notes? She holds them out longer than a kid's bedtime on Xmas Eve.
7. Christina Aguilera - My Kind of Christmas
: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas" - Head voice and trademark Xtina belts galore with this beautiful track that concentrates solely on her powerhouse vocals. We can just envision the 2000 version of the pop star doing the one hand against the ear/finger pointing move that singers do when hitting the crazy high notes. Perhaps while wearing a Santa hat and not her "Dirrrty" chaps, though.
8. *NSYNC - Home for Christmas
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" - Let's face it, this album is one of the best Christmas albums of all time. The boys' harmonies are on point and we love their stripped down a cappella version of "Oh Holy Night" (Kudos to Chris Kirkpatrick for that silky smooth falsetto). This song is what really puts us in the spirit, though. Because nothing screams "Happy Holidays!" like Justin's jheri curls.
9. Martina McBride - White Christmas
"O Come All Ye Faithful" - We needed to throw some country in the mix and Martina takes the fruitcake when it comes to raw, Xmas song talent. Her version of this classic song is simple, memorable, and even a little haunting. Also, the harp appropriately accompanies her angelic and crisp voice. Thank you, Martina, for making us have "faith" in knowing that there are still quality singers who don't need auto-tune.
10. Andy Williams - The Andy Williams Christmas Album
"It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" - Does this really need an explanation? This song is known to cause shoppers to skip through Macy's. We love it. The end.
There are far too many amazing Christmas albums that didn't make this list. We'd also like to recommend the following: Nat King Cole - The Magic of ChristmasBurl Ives - Have a Holly Jolly ChristmasMichael Buble - ChristmasLinda Eder - Christmas Stays the SameToni Braxton - SnowflakesAmy Grant - Home for ChristmasJosh Groban - Noel
Did we forget any of your faves? Sound off in the comment section below. Oh, and happy holidays!