Halloween 2012: done. Thanksgiving 2012: done. Christmas 2012: full force ahead.
Now that one of the most popular end-of-the-year holidays is coming up, people are focusing their time and energy on wrapping gifts, hanging up ornaments, and kissing under the mistletoe. But no holiday celebration is complete without some music to sweeten the way.
With that, here are twelve new Christmas-themed albums available right now to match any music taste. Grab one, and let the soundtrack to Christmas 2012 begin.
Pentatonix – PTXMas
The season three winners of NBC’s The Sing Off, add an a capella flair to Christmas time with their holiday album. Included in the instrument-free record are tunes such as “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” and “O Holy Night.”
Lady Antebellum – On This Winter’s Night
The country trio offers 12 songs on this album, including versions of classic holiday hits as well as their original, “On This Winter’s Night.”
Colbie Caillat – Christmas in the Sand
The laid-back beach lover puts her own spin on her first ever Christmas album. The album features classics with a beach-y, island feel, while the title song, “Christmas in the Sand” offers a nod to her California roots.
Scotty McCreery – Christmas With Scotty McCreery
The American Idol champ’s second studio album puts a country spin on Christmas classics. The 11-track album includes songs such as “Let It Snow,” “First Noel,” and “Jingle Bells.”
Cee-Lo Green – Cee-Lo’s Magic Moment
The eccentric Cee-Lo Green called on everyone from The Muppets to Rod Stewart to feature on his first holiday album. To get a better idea of the album from the artist’s own perspective, tune in to the TV Guide Network on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
Rod Stewart – Merry Christmas, Baby
Rod Stewart has also released his first ever holiday record and Cee Lo Green returns the favor by appearing on Stewarts album. Others on the singer’s album include Mary J. Blige, Ella Fitzgerald, Chris Botti, and the king of Christmas music, Michael Buble.
John Travolta, Olivia Newton John – This Christmas
Need we say more? We don’t think so, but here’s one good reason to buy the album: The Grease duo will use sales from This Christmas towards the benefit of their respective charities.
Barry Manilow – The Classic Christmas Album
The seasonal-album veteran gives fans a taste of his best in this album that features 16 of his most popular Christmas singles.
Blake Shelton – Cheers, It’s Christmas
Another country crooner adds his voice to the Christmas-time fun. Included on this holiday album are family members such as his wife, Miranda Lambert and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford, featured on “Time for Me to Come Home.” Other country singers on the album include Reba McEntire, Michael Buble, and Kelly Clarkson.
Andre Rieu – Home for the Holidays
For an easy-listening experience this Christmas, the violinist brings us Home for the Holidays. The set is available on CD as well as a two-hour DVD concert, filmed and recorded on the artist’s gigantic winter wonderland-themed set in his hometown of Maastricht, Holland.
Various Artists – NOW That’s What I Call Today’s Christmas
From Train, to Carly Rae Jepson, you’ll find a variety of artists on this 18-track album. It’s the perfect Christmas album for the pop-genre fans out there.
Christina Perri – A Very Merry Perri Christmas
The “Jar of Hearts” singer has one song she penned herself titled “Something about December” on her holiday album. The other five tracks are holiday classics and include easy listening tunes such as “Ave Maria” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”