If you're anything like us, it doesn't really feel a lot like Christmas until you hear your favorite holiday music on the radio - or you turn on your seasonal Spotify playlist or Pandora station, of course! While the traditional versions of the classic carols are always wonderful, this year we suggest that you check out the latest and greatest holiday albums, which include new offerings from some of our favorite artists along with some amazing up-and-coming groups that you should definitely check out.
Pentatonix - A Pentatonix Christmas
The group that's made a capella vocals more popular than ever has a new Christmas album out (along with a holiday special that's airing on NBC on December 14th). They seem to have mastered the complete holiday formula - this is their third Christmas album, and it debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard Charts - but our favorite track might be the chill-inducing version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Just listen!
Kacey Musgraves - A Very Kacey Christmas
This modern country album features some country all-stars, including Willie Nelson. Plus her own vocals are pretty amazing; she manages to be both wistful and powerful at the same time - and still maintain a cheerful lilt. But our favorite song might be her rendition of the grown up holiday classic, "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve".
Sarah McLachlan - Wonderland
The singer-songwriter has given us a holiday album filled with classics, along with lesser known tracks like the nod to her Canadian background, "Huron Carol". Guest appearances from Emmylou Harris, Martha Wainwright, the Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra, and indie rock band Half Moon Run.
Jennifer Nettles - To Celebrate Christmas
With a Christmas album out along with two Christmas Specials (Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors on NBC and CMA Country Christmas on ABC), this modern country singer might play a major role in the soundtrack to this year's holiday season.
Brandy - A Classic Holiday
Everyone's favorite late nineties pop sensation is still around, and she's got an R&B flavored holiday album (along with a new show on BET called Zoe Ever After). She even included her mom's favorite track she's ever recorded - "One Voice". Isn't that just too sweet?
It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!