Happy Black Friday! Naw, I’m just kidding. If you’re “celebrating” Black Friday, it’s going to be anything but happy. While you’re beating off parents for the toy store’s last pet rock (that’s what the kids are playing with, right?), maybe you’d like to grab some new holiday music for you and yours. No genre has a higher chaff-to-wheat ratio than holiday music. Every year the Bing Crosby-wannabe list seems to grow. Amidst all the schlock, though, some gems emerge. It just takes a little searching to dig them out.
This year we’re helping you out by rounding up the new holiday (really, Christmas) cover albums. We tried to be thorough, but not exhaustive. Instead, we picked out all the releases we consider noteworthy. Some take unusual approaches. Some dig up obscure tunes. Others are simply by big names. And that’s fine too. Buy the Jessica Simpson for your niece; buy the Pink Martini for yourself.
Below, find this year’s hottest and most interesting holiday releases listed by release date. Each lists the artist, album, record label, and a brief blurb, usually extracted from the press release. Happy shopping!