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All Magan Wants for Christmas Is…

christmas music playlist

This happened last week. And you know… when Magan tells me to jump, I say how high! Well, kind of. But I can’t allow one of my closest friends to be BORED by her Christmas music. I can’t. I won’t allow it. And since I had so much fun putting together this collection of songs last year on Rather Be Reading (it’s also becoming a tradition to feature Magan’s face on these posts), here I am yet again.

Once Thanksgiving hits, I listen to Christmas songs on my way to work, at work, while I’m shopping/baking/wrapping/crafting, and I know you are probably shocked, while I’m writing this post. (We have some Tran-Siberian Orchestra playing at the in the background at the moment.)

So here are a few albums, I think of as staples in my collection (a.k.a. buy them!):

Holiday Album Must Haves - Rather Be Reading

Johnny Mathis: Merry Christmas | NSYNC: Home for Christmas | Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas

Johnny is definitely a classic crooner. I used to listen to this on cassette with my mom when we would drive to the mall to go Christmas shopping when I was young. NSYNC? I wore through two of these CDs. Reminds me of high school and college so much. And Mariah? Her voice is beautiful, every song is catchy, and I can’t believe it’s almost been 20 years since it came out. (Oh my god.)

What I think is worth buying this year:

Holiday Albums Worth Buying in 2013 - Rather Be Reading

Kelly Clarkson: Wrapped in Red | Matthew Morrison: A Classic Christmas | Mary J. Blige: A Mary Christmas

I am so obsessed with Kelly’s album. Touching and fun original songs, great versions of classics: I feel like it’s the first modern album since Mariah’s to make me feel so giddy and merry. You might know Matthew Morrison from Glee? He’s fantastic and he chose some great songs for this EP. And I never imagined I would be buying a Mary J. Blige album but I have so enjoyed her performances on Christmas specials this year + her version of “This Christmas” and “Do You Hear What I Hear” are just so great.

EEE! All of these make me so excited. (And also sad I can’t list every single album I own… Boo!)

Okay, okay. Am I trying Magan’s patience? 🙂 It’s time for the 2013 Rather Be Reading Holiday Mix. I hope you enjoy this one!

What you’ll be hearing: Muppets, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and more…

Be sure to leave any of of your favorites in the comments! I love hearing what everyone’s listening to this holiday season.

Happy listening!

December 20, 2013 - 7:53 pm

Alexa Y. - You know that I love holiday music! I’m really obsessed with NSYNC’s Christmas album (and have been for years). This year, thanks to your recommendation, I’ve been enjoying listening to Kelly Clarkson’s album too!

December 16, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Meg - It is simply not the holidays without Hanson’s “Snowed In” — and I’m not going to feign embarrassment about it! 🙂 Released in 1997, that baby still finds its way into our speakers every. single. season. Many original songs, some classics. If it’s new to you, try it! I’m biased, but I love it. 🙂

December 16, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Tammy - The Killers release a Christmas song every year. One of my favorites is The Big Sled.

December 16, 2013 - 12:28 pm

alice-jane - I personally love the holiday collection that She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward) made. It’s so good!

December 16, 2013 - 9:02 am

Megan Hoover - I’m totally in love with Kelly’s Christmas album too! It’s officially one of my all time favorite Christmas albums.

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