Ten Holiday Albums to Stream Right Now

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A few years back, our music and film specialists at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main offered up their suggestions for holiday tunes that were a little off the beaten path.

This year we’re making it even easier—here are ten albums we recommend that you can check out OR download and stream right now through the library with Hoopla. (And if you don’t yet have a Hoopla account, you can learn more about it here.)

Happy Merry!

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Has there ever been a more maudlin song that included lyrics like, “Christmastime is here/Happiness and cheer”?  For me, this album perfectly sums up the holidays with its mixture of joy and bitter sweet nostalgia.

The Christmas Song

This is the album that I most associate with the holiday season since I probably heard it over 80 times while growing up. The classic titular song that starts, “chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” still manages to put a lump in my throat every time.

Ella wishes you a swinging Christmas

This is one of the funnest, jazziest holiday albums around. Ella Fitzgerald belts out classics from the raucous “Jingle Bells” to the wistful “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve.” Highly recommended.

Elvis Christmas

If you’re looking to make it a blue Christmas, look no further than The King. This album is one half rockin’, one half bluesy gospel and all great.

The 25th Day Of December

The Staple Singers are well known for their R&B hits of the late 60s and early 70s, but prior to that, they were a really groovy gospel group. The Staple sisters all have wonderful voices, but it’s Pops Staples work on the steel guitar that really makes these gospel tunes something special.