Virtually every major musical artist has released a Christmas album. And even though these performers were famous before they ever cut a record with a holiday theme, some of them, such as Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, are particularly closely associated with the songs of the season.
… To determine the best holiday albums of all time, 24/7 Tempo reviewed data on chart performance from Billboard, current through November 19, 2022, and on certified album sales from the Recording Industry Association of America, current through mid-December. Holiday albums were ranked based on certified U.S. album sales and an inverse score wherein a week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 is worth 200 points, a week at No. 2 worth 199 points, and so on. Albums must have also appeared on Billboard’s Top Holiday Albums chart to be considered.
5. A Charlie Brown Christmas (Soundtrack)
4. Josh Groban, Noël
3. Mariah Carey, Merry Christmas
2. Michael Buble, Christmas
1. Elvis Presley, Elvis’ Christmas Album