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Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns – ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

I don’t think I’m going out on a limb when I say that the true golden age for Christmas records in the United States was the early 1960s.

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Madeline MacNeil – The Holly and the Ivy: Christmas Music for Hammered Dulcimer and Voice

As someone partly brought up in Hungarian culture and near the pulsating history of its folk music, the hammered dulcimer is close to my musical heart.

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Lester Lanin – Christmas Dance Party
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Lester Lanin – Christmas Dance Party

Is there any Christmas music that’s just for really rich people? Once, of course, the likes of Händel’s Messiah would be performed for royalty and the upper echelons of

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Sia – Everyday is Christmas

When was the last time a major recording artist, at the very top of their career, released an all-original Christmas album? Not a single, or an album of holiday favourites, but an

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Noelani and the Leo Nahenahe Singers – Hawaiian Christmas

There’s probably no genre of Christmas music copied as widely, among people with no connection to it, as Hawaiian music. Or, well, genre is not really the right word.

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Cantares de Navidad Vol II

Are follow-up Christmas albums inevitably cursed to be lesser than their illustrious originals? Can a hit Christmas record never truly be replicated? Sometimes, it seems that way.

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Rev. Audrey F Bronson and Becky Carlton, Minister of Music – Are You Ready For Christmas?

The folk movement has always had an interesting influence on Christmas music.

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Andre Kostelanetz – Wonderland of Christmas

Creating Christmas music will almost universally mean an artist has to go outside their comfort zone.

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Chet Atkins – Christmas with Chet Atkins

As long as there have been Christmas records, there have been solo instrumental Christmas records.

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Melveen Leed – Christmas with Melveen

A young, talented country music singer – from an island where country was something you mostly heard on the radio – way outside her usual style.

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