Hearing Christmas music everywhere you turn? That’s a sure sign the holiday season is upon us. The best holiday music can immediately put you in the Christmas spirit, evoking warm memories and good cheer. This timeless quality prevents even decades-old first-rate Christmas albums from becoming stale.
Christmas songs comprise a large share of the songs played throughout December on music streaming service Spotify in the United States, peaking at more than one in 10 songs played on Christmas Day. According to estimates from Spotify, there are more than 1.3 million Christmas songs.
24/7 Wall St. has reviewed a number of measures, including Billboard chart performance, album sales, and critical reception to identify the 50 best and the 50 worst holiday albums. The resulting collection of albums shows a great diversity of genres and artists, illustrating that the creation of holiday music can be approached in many ways.