3 Must Have Holiday Albums To Freshen Your Christmas Playlist

As we get closer to Christmas we’re all thinking of ways to make sure it’s the best one ever.  The trees are being trimmed with care, the lights and decorations are going up, and we’re playing some of our favorite music to help us jollyify our homes! 

If you’re like me, you have a Christmas playlist as part of your holiday tradition.  One thing you can do to make holiday listening better than ever is to bring some fresh music to your ears, and the ears of your guests!  Here are Crew’s Quarters top 3 picks to give you some inspiration:

David Francey, “Carols For A Christmas Eve”:  This album is perfect for cozying up near the fire with some eggnog and a flip through your Christmas photo albums.  David’s take on the classic Christmas carol is warm and understated while sounding instantly familiar.  We’re big fans of David Francey and his instantly addictive take on folk and after listening to this album you will be too.  The album has become a staple in our house as well as at the store.  If you’d like to listen to it you can do so here:  https://play.google.com/music/m/Banepi4ldoz3aolyvims37tz32y?t=Carols_For_A_Christmas_Eve_-_David_Francey

Good Lovlies, “Under the Mistletoe”:  Pour yourself a glass of your favorite wine and get ready to trim that tree!  Warning: You’ll find yourself swaying and tapping your toe to this album, I promise!  The Good Lovlies take on Christmas is filled with whimsy, humour and hints of the 1940s.  This dynamic trio will ensure your next Christmas party has the soundtrack it deserves. Featuring songs like “Santa Baby”, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”, and yes, even “The Chipmunk Song”.  You can give it a spin here:  https://play.google.com/music/m/Bor5c5oya3hq55jqx6lrosssvce?t=Under_the_Mistletoe_-_Good_Lovelies

Sting, “If On A Winter’s Night”:  Sting never ceases to amaze me with his variety and style and this album is no exception.  You’ll want to listen to this one after to help you come down after the mayhem and frenzy that is the opening of Christmas presents.  A Christmas album with songs you have likely never heard before but will listen to again and again.  Moody, soft and reflective, this album is one of my favorites of any music genre and I find myself listening to it many times throughout the year.  You can give this album a spin here:  https://play.google.com/music/m/Bipl4pwu3t5xid4zwmevnp6bqfa?t=If_On_A_Winters_Night_-_Sting

I guarantee that adding these 3 albums to your holiday playlist will take your Christmas to the next level!  If you are local to the Niagara Region, come into Crew’s Quarters and listen with us!  For those kicking it old-school and still listening to CD we carry the ones listed for David Francey and the Good Lovlies.

Now it’s your turn!  What are some Christmas albums or songs that you consider a holiday playlist must? Share your comments with us and our readers in the comment section below!


  1. A Very Special Christmas (1987) takes me back to my youth. Last year my kids gave me The Spirit of the Season by an a capella group called Voctave. I don’t get tired of that. Many think Bing Crosby is the voice of Christmas but in our house there’s some debate about that. Nat King Cole ranks way up there with us and the modern voice of Christmas has to be Michael Buble.


  2. – Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman – A touch of whimsy, a touch of cozy, a touch of classic…but utterly unique. And Canadian (Huntsville ON) to boot!
    – Merrie Christmas To You by Blue Rodeo – Another Canadian album, best listened to on a snowy evening with a cup of hot cocoa and a warm blanket
    – Christmas is for Children – This was a 1982 special release by the Ontario Lottery Corporation – Vinyl! This has been played every Christmas morning since that year, and continues to be played in my home. I’ve backed it up digitally and on CD, but Christmas morning, it’s always vinyl….


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