From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

‘Tis the season for new holiday music! Each year brings a new batch of holiday albums by a wide range of artists. And this year is no exception. With new releases and collections from top country artists, pop artists and old favorites, you’re sure to find something to satiate your holiday music appetite. Here is a breakdown of all the new holiday releases you can find on Pandora:

For starters, Today’s Christmas offers a sampling of all 2012′s newest holiday releases.
In the Country world, the Grammy-winning country trio Lady Antebellum keep it traditional on their new holiday collection On This Winter’s Night which includes classics along with new arrangements of “The First Noel” and “Silent Night (Lord Of My Life).”

Also enjoy holiday releases from current country heavyweights Blake Shelton and Scotty McCreery (who pulls off a legit Elvis impersonation on “Santa Claus Is Back In Town“!).

Screen Shot 2012-12-21 at 11.06.47 AM.pngChristian music chart topper Jeremy Camp released his first Christmas album in his 10-year career called, Christmas: God With Us. Celebrate the season with releases from other CCM artists like Jason Gray, Francesca Battistelli and August Burns Red as well.

Pop star Colbie Caillat combines Santa and surf with her signature laid-back turn on ‘Christmas In The Sand“. Up-and-coming singer-songwriter Christina Perri covers holiday classics from The Carpenters and John Lennon and Yoko Ono on her EP ‘A Very Merry Christmas.’

Also getting into the holiday spirit this year is Cee-Lo Green on Magic Moment. He is joined by Christina Aguilera, Rod Stewart, Straight No Chaser and The Muppets for his soulful take on a host of Christmas classics.

Indie music lovers will rejoice at The Polyphonic Spree‘s Holidaydream. Also, Sufjan Stevens is offering a 5-CD holiday box set called, Silver & Gold. Highlights include the epic “Christmas Unicorn” as one of 18 originals on the collection.

Veteran rocker, Rod Stewart is offering a holiday duets album Merry Christmas, Baby that is sure to please, as he teams with Michael Buble, Mary J. Blige, Trombone Shorty and Dave Koz for an easy-listening take on seasonal standards.

1980s/90s hit-maker Richard Marx also officially released his first holiday album Christmas Spirit in conjunction with a 16-stop holiday concert tour.

“Grease” stars Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta have reunited for This Christmas along with special guests James Taylor, Barbra Streisand and Kenny G. Their holiday collection also includes a 35-years later follow up to “You’re the One That I Want” with the song, “I Think You Might Like It“.

Which Christmas collection are you looking forward to checking out this year?

-Michelle S. (Curation Team)

Michelle Solomon

Music Curator http://www.pandora.com/profile/electriclandlady

4 thoughts on “From the Curators: Hoist up the eggnog to this year’s bounty of new holiday releases!

  1. Just wanted to take a moment this Christmas Eve to say thanks for the wonderful Classical Christmas my family and I enjoyed while visiting, having dinner and exchange gifts. The music added to the meaning of Christmas with the traditional song.
    Thanks again Pandora!

  2. So enjoyed the festive music, while I rushed around with friends and family! No changing CDs and such a great balance.. Thanks heaps!

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