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From Nostalgic to Chic,
the Best Records to Play this Season


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Once the tree is lit and the hot cocoa is being poured, the final element to consider is the right soundtrack. This list of classic albums has every vibe you need to get you through the holiday season, from cheerful and upbeat to sultry and relaxing. Enjoy!
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This beautiful, sweeping album is pure nostalgia—Karen Carpenter’s voice is simply magical and perfect for the holidays. I might put this on early in the morning when I’m sipping coffee by the fire in the living room, enjoying all the decorations. Or, in the evening when I’m making my gift list or doing some online shopping.
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You can’t have Christmas without Frank. This classic collection of holiday hits has a fun, swinging vibe you can easily throw on at a cocktail party or while in the kitchen.
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Bing Crosby is the original crooner and his White Christmas album is like a lovely holiday lullaby. I like it for late night unwinding by the Christmas Tree—it really sets the tone for sweet dreams.
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Who doesn’t love Ella Fitzgerald’s iconic voice? Her Christmas album captures the spirit of the swinging early 60s and is the perfect soundtrack for a chic holiday cocktail party!
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On this fabulous album Brian Wilson brings his signature West Coast sound to a number of Christmas classics and even some original takes on the theme. The upbeat songs are perfect for big Sunday breakfast, a day of tree decorating—or perhaps even opening presents on Christmas morning!
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As I’m sure many of you did as well, I grew up being a big fan of Peanuts and the soothing sound of the Vince Guaraldi Trio will always hold a special appeal. These bouncy jazz instrumentals are fab for cocktails, cooking, or even for listening while you work.
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Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is the best selling Christmas album of all time and has become a classic. You’ll definitely want to pull some of the upbeat jams from that and her 2010 follow up for your party playlist!
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Gotta love Babs! In this early album from ’67, she sounds like an absolute angel singing from a chic jazz bar. Her take on “White Christmas” is one of my favorites and definitely going on my Christmas dinner playlist.
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This collection of holiday hits from Stevie Wonder’s Motown era is so much fun! His voice shines on syrupy R&B ballads that are ideal for slow dancing with your love by the fire.
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As Diana Krall’s glamorous green get-up on the cover might suggest, there’s a lot of elegance to this jazzy Christmas collection. The iconic vocalist is accompanied by the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz orchestra for a swinging, classy take on on all your favorites.
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As you might imagine, this live EP from Lady Gaga is a fun and stylish take on the holidays! The pop star’s unique vocals take on a jazzy flair as she slips back into her lounge singer days and gives us something fresh to mix cocktails to.
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Michael Bublé shows off his impeccable croon on this collection of Christmas hits. The classic jazz arrangements have a relaxed, modern flair that’s perfect for Christmas morning or afternoon.
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