To me, the best Christmas music compilation album of all-time is the Now That’s What I Call Christmas! compilation. The first disc in the set is full of many of the classic standard Christmas songs, which includes Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song,” Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” Frank Sinatra’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Dean Martin’s “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!,” Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Gene Autrey’s “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Elmo & Patsy’s “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer,” Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” as well as ten other classic Christmas recordings. While the second disc of the set may not be quite as strong as the first, you still get John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” and Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime.” There are 14 other tracks on the CD, but they aren’t as classic as the songs I listed. Some of the remaining 14 tracks are actually pretty good, but there are a couple of stinkers on this disc. Even with the songs I don’t care for, I still believe this is one of the best Christmas compilation CDs I’ve ever heard.
For a less serious Christmas music compilation, Dr. Demento Presents the Greatest Christmas Novelty CD is a very well-done collection. There’s the Chipmunks with “The Chipmunk Song,” Spike Jones & His City Slickers with “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” the Singing Dogs’ “Jingle Bells,” Tom Lehrer’s “A Christmas Carol,” Bob & Doug McKenzie’s take on “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Christmas At Ground Zero,” as well as 10 other tracks. Of the 16 tracks on the CD, there’s really only three that I don’t particularly care for. But for a comedy Christmas music compilation, this is actually very well done, and is an overall enjoyable listening experience.
I also have a fondness for John Denver & The Muppets’ A Christmas Together. It has classic Christmas songs, such as “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Christmas Is Coming,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” However, there are also other songs such as “The Peace Carol,” “A Baby Just Like You,” “When the River Meets the Sea,” and “The Christmas Wish”; while these may not be traditional Christmas songs, they are still quite good, and flow together well with the other songs on the disc. I grew up listening to this compilation every Christmas when I was a little girl. This is a compilation I still listen to every Christmas as an adult, and I have shared it with my own children. At my house, it’s not the Christmas season until we hear John Denver & The Muppets’ A Christmas Together.