As Christmas approaches once again, the holiday’s iconic music is coming to the airwaves earlier and earlier each year. With so many talented artists creating new takes on classic Christmas songs, as well as their own, brand new Christmas carols, it can be easy to get lost looking for the perfect Christmas song that speaks to you. Looking for the most popular, modernized version of your favorite hymn or the perfect album to play on repeat as December 25th gets closer? Look no further, as Air1 takes you through 5 golden Christmas albums that bring some of the best music the holiday has to offer!
Maverick City Music - “Maverick City Christmas”
Maverick City Music brings their iconic style to Christmas with their release, “Maverick City Christmas”. Featuring reworked Christmas classics like “O Come Let Us Adore Him,” “Oh Holy Night,” and “The First Noel,” from the voices of Chandler David Moore, Lizzie Morgan, Jekalyn Carr and more. Maverick City Music’s Christmas album pays homage to Christmas classics, making them their own by playing with their melodies and even weaving verses from non-Christmas worship songs into the praise to round out the songs.
Phil Wickham - “Christmas”
Phil Wickham has brought us a number of classic worship songs with a variety of different sounds and his holiday release, “Christmas,” brings more of the innovation we have come to expect from the artist. This album brings new, thought-provoking and emotional takes on Christmas hymns like “Away In a Manger” and “What Child Is This,” as well as poppy modern vibes like “This Year for Christmas,” and even Wickham’s own takes on secular holiday songs like “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” and “The Christmas Waltz”. Wickham’s Christmas album has a little something for everyone’s Christmastime listening.
WATCH NOW: Phil Wickham “This Year for Christmas”
Kari Jobe - “Where I Find You (Christmas Edition)”
A special edition of her base album, Kari Jobe’s “ Where I Find You (Christmas Edition)” contains three Christmas songs, along with the rest of the songs on the base album, for a total of 15 tracks in all. Some of the album’s highlights include “Steady My Heart” and “Find You on My Knees”, while the album’s Christmastime offerings include Jobe’s “When Hope Came Down,” “Messiah,” and the classic hymn “O Holy Night”. Jobe’s majestic voice lends itself well to the Christmas season and her full album has many songs that you are likely to want to play again and again.
WATCH NOW: Kari Jobe “When Hope Came Down”
Chris Tomlin - “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship”
2017’s “Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship” contains many joy-filled songs from Chris Tomlin, but perhaps most notable are the tracks made in cooperation with other worship singers such as Lauren Daigle, All Sons & Daughters and more. Tomlin and Daigle’s “Noel” is perhaps one of the most iconic modern Christmas songs in years, showcasing the range of Daigle’s voice, as well as the awe-inspiring nature of the Christmas season itself. These songs restore wonder to the Christmas holiday, which can get lost in the shuffle and busyness of the commercialized season.
WATCH NOW: Chris Tomlin “Noel (Feat. Lauren Daigle)”
Tasha Layton - “This is Christmas”
With a variety of different sounds in one album, Tasha Layton’s EP, “This is Christmas” brings about a handful of Christmas songs for any listener to enjoy. With upbeat, poppy songs like “Diddly Squat” and “Giving Christmas Away,” Layton brings the joy of the season to the forefront. Layton experiments with different styles throughout the EP, trying out a jazzy sound in “Make It to Christmastime”, classic worship in “This is Christmas,” and even songs for reflecting on the season such as “Comfort and Joy”.
WATCH NOW: Tasha Layton “This is Christmas”
It is no wonder that these Christmas albums have received commercial success and reached gold status with the kind of music that they contain. These albums hold just a few of the best Christmas songs around and they should be remembered as you consider your holiday playlists this year. To hear the best music from these albums and many more, keep an ear on Air1 throughout the Christmas season and beyond!