Christmas comes just once a year. It’s made with family, friends and food. Music plays an important part of Christmas, it’s usually the first thing people put on at the start of December to make them feel more Christmassy.
As vinyl record lovers we don’t generally like novelty, but there are some vinyl records which are definitely worth a look in and something you can add to the collection and play to get you into the Christmas spirit.
We’ve put together a definitive list of best compilation vinyl records, best single artist album releases as well as notable and classic vinyl record. So look no further and start building that vinyl record Christmas collection.
Best compilation Christmas vinyl records
Variety is the spice of life. We all have our favourite Christmas songs and when the family get together you want something you can put on that has all the classics on it.
Below are some of the best Christmas compilation albums you can get on vinyl.
Now that’s what I call Christmas
They’ve been doing it for years and there’s a reason why it works, especially at Christmas. If you want your favouriate Spotify Christmas playlists splashed onto a vinyl record to get out whilst putting up the Christmas tree, entering friends or putting on as soon as you wake up Christmas morning to get things going, then Now That’s What I call Christmas is for you.
Featuring artists such as; Wham!, Elton John, Slade, Band Aid, Shakin’ Stevens and the Queen of Christmas herself Mariah Carey, it’s literally every song on every Christmas playlist made.
The Christmas Album
If the above’s ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’ is the modern day essential Christmas songs to add to every Christmas party, this is the classics album from some of the icons of music over the last 70 years.
The Christmas Album features artists like; Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, Elvis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.
If you owned this and the above you’ve probably just acquired everyone’s favourite Christmas song ever on two LPs.
Soul Christmas has had a couple of iterations also being released on CD with some changes. This is where vinyl comes into it’s own with 11 classic songs. Artists which appear on Soul Christmas include; Booker T. & The MG’s, William Bell, Joe Tex , saxophonist King Cutis and Ottis Redding.
This album is sure to add some warmth to your Christmas holidays, perfect for the evening wrapped up with a fire blazing and a cocktail to match.
A Motown Christmas
Motown has an iconic and distintic sound with some of the best voices to ever be released on vinyl to come from this genre. A Motown Christmas (1973) is an alternative to the classic christmas songs with a Motown twist. Various artists feature on this record including The Temptations, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.
This album will set you back a little bit, as a classic which hasn’t been re-released in a while it does mean the copies are limited, but if you do get your hands on it, it’s one that won’t fade out the collection and is a keep sake you’ll get out year after year.
Phil Spector – Christmas Gift
Featuring artists such Darlene Love, The Ronettes and The Crystals this album has soul oozing out of this. This may be one of the alternative classics that you’ll spin multiple times to get something a little different out of Christmas this year.
Best single artist Christmas vinyl records
Some artists resonate with Christmas, some even tried to patent the name ‘Queen of Christmas’. As much as we love Mariah here’s some of the top Christmas vinyl record releases for solo artists.
Michael Buble Christmas Vinyl
Another year another Christmas special hosted by Michael Buble. Melting the hearts of men and women across the World.
This features a lot of his classics which have become household favourite over the years. As much as we joke Michael Buble does offer a big dose of Christmas spirit in an LP.
Mariah Carey Christmas Vinyl
Here she is the Queen of Christmas. I think every Spotify playlist which mentions Christmas is starting or containing ‘All I want for Christmas’. In this album, she covers a lot of the classics including Silent Night and Santa Claus is coming to town.
Andy Williams Christmas
Andy Williams has always been synonymous with Christmas “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is definitely on the list of classics.
Ariana Grande Christmas and chill vinyl
One from a newer star. Ariana Grande has already cemented herself as a voice to be recognised in a generation. Released in 2015 it’s actually very difficult to get hold of. It’s a simple 6 track listing LP, if you’re a fan then it’s worth trying to source this album.
Leona Lewis Christmas Vinyl
Another modern icon Leona Lewis ‘Christmas, Always with Love’ features some of her classic Christmas songs from over the years.
You can now pick it up on white vinyl which makes it a little bit more Christmassy when spinning on your record player
Ella Fitzgerald – Ella wishes you a swinging Christmas
Featuring some of the classic Christmas songs with a swing twist. The vocals of Ella Fitzgerald can ring out all December for you to enjoy.
Tracks include; Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Jingle Bells, White Christmas and Let it Snow let it snow let it snow.
Pick up the special collections edition from the link below.
Classic Christmas vinyl records
Christmas records have been being released for over 60 years now. Over that time there are some artists which have taken the mantle and been synonymous with Christmas. The race for Christmas No.1 used to be a lot bigger, especially before the internet and streaming services took over. Due to this, there are some icons of music which had a go at releasing Christmas records. Below find some of those classic Christmas vinyl records.
Nat King Cole Christmas vinyl
If you are a traditionalist who loves some of the hymns of Christmas then Nat King Cole’s ‘The Christmas Song’ will be for you. With classics such as; Away in a Manger, Silent Night, and O Little Town of Bethlehem.
Bing Crosby Christmas vinyl
Another album which covers the traditional and the modern classics you’ll get everything from; White Christmas to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
Elvis Christmas album vinyl
The king of Rock’n’roll gave his vocals to fill the houses with his silky soul tones. We love his ‘Blue Christmas’ which plays throughout the holiday season in this house. In addition to this you’ll get; I’ll be home for Christmas and Here comes Stana Claus.
Frank Sinatra Christmas Vinyl
Let Its Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Rings out at the start of the B side to this LP. It’s also filled with other Christmas classics which Frank Sinatra gives his usual spin to.
Notable Christmas vinyl record releases
We can’t let you go without naming some of the notable releases which didn’t make the top lists, but might be something you’re looking for.
- Kylie Christmas Vinyl
- How the Grinch Stole Christmas Vinyl
- Do they know it’s Christmas vinyl record
- Muppets Christmas Carol Vinyl
- Beatles Christmas Album Vinyl