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25 of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records to Bring Holiday Cheer

Best Christmas Vinyl Records to Bring Holiday Cheer

List of the Best Christmas Records on Vinyl

With the holiday season upon us again, it’s time for our inner Christmas DJs to put on the Santa hats and start prepping the best albums to put on the turntable for the big day. This list is here to help, inspire, and hopefully even garner a giggle or two. I’ve waded through the holiday records of yesteryear to find out that there truly are some unbeatable Christmas albums on vinyl that will make your holiday party a smash hit.

A few simple factors were taken into account in selecting the albums:

  1. How fun and memorable the songs in the album are.
  2. The artist’s way of making the songs their own.
  3. The album’s overall coziness.

Let’s be real, the greatest Christmas albums are nostalgic, warm, and a little bit goofy. You want it to be a little old-school with flair. The joy of the holidays is creating traditions with the people we love, part of that means sharing experiences like some of the albums on this list.

25. A Holly Dolly Christmas (2020) by Dolly Parton

25 - A Holly Dolly Christmas by Dolly Parton - Best Christmas Vinyl Records

Why A Holly Dolly Christmas is One of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

Starting off our list is country queen Dolly Parton with her album Holly Dolly Christmas (2020). Playing into Dolly’s southern charm, this album is sure to become one of a classic Christmas album. Featuring artists such as Miley Cyrus, Jimmy Fallon, and Michael Bublé, there is no doubt that this album spreads goofy fun and festive cheer.

24. Christmas Collection (1984) by Carpenters

24 - Christmas Collection by Carpenters - Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Why Christmas Collection is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

When you think of the best Christmas records, it’s hard to overlook an album like Carpenter’s Christmas Collection (1984). Capturing a nostalgic charm, this album resonates with people of all ages by peppering upbeat classics alongside old-fashioned medleys. When you think of a picturesque Christmas eve, it’s easy to see this as one of the best Christmas records on vinyl to have playing whilst drinking hot chocolate by the fire.

23. Home Alone Soundtrack (1990) by John Williams

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Why Home Alone Soundtrack is one of the Best Christmas Records on Vinyl

Few movie soundtracks have made it to this list, however, John Williams’ Home Alone Soundtrack (1990) is such a classic Christmas album that I just had to put it in. You know when you’re consumed by preparing sides on Christmas Day and you’d give anything to just be sitting on the couch watching a movie? This album lets you relive a brilliant festive movie while showing that stuffing who’s boss.

22. A Capitol Christmas (2016) by Various Artists

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Why A Capitol Christmas is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

If you’re looking for a sophisticated mix of Christmas tracks, look no further than A Capitol Christmas (2016). Celebrating 75 Years of Capitol Records, this album is one of the best Christmas albums on vinyl. With artists like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, and more you’re sure to have a sophisticated and elegant holiday party with this easy listening album.

21. Greatest Christmas Songs (1999) by Perry Como

21 - Greatest Christmas Songs by Perry Como - Best Christmas Albums

Why Perry Como’s Greatest Christmas Songs is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

When it comes to a complete collection of Christmas songs, Perry Como’s Greatest Christmas Songs (1999) is a pretty strong contender for the best Christmas record. Combining the best of Perry Como’s tracks, this vinyl album balances heartfelt hymns with playful tracks. It is also the perfect addition to decorating the house or wrapping presents.

20. The Christmas Song Expanded Edition (1962) by Nat King Cole

20 - The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole - Top Christmas Vinyl Records

Why The Christmas Song is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Not many can compete with Nat King Cole when it comes to Christmas, and his album The Christmas Song Expanded Edition (1962) is a shining example of his festive cheer. Standing as one of the best Christmas records with its exquisite composition and bright personality, this album is the perfect soundtrack to a quiet Christmas Eve in, rugged up and cozy!

19. Christmas (2012) by Michael Bublé

19 - Christmas by Michael Bublé - Best Holiday Records on Vinyl

Why Michael Bublé’s Christmas is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

There’s no doubt that Michael Bublé has a suave way about him, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that his album Christmas (2012) is a smooth addition to this list. Playing into all the best original festive tracks, there’s no denying that this is a classic Christmas album in the making. If you’re looking for a modern spin on some traditional holiday songs, Michael Bublé has got you covered.

18. A Legendary Christmas (2018) by John Legend

18 - A Legendary Christmas by John Legend - Best Christmas Vinyl Albums

Why A Legendary Christmas is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

I couldn’t write this list and look past John Legend’s A Legendary Christmas (2018). Combining some of the best holiday songs with masterful artistry, you’re sure to find a wonderful blend of old and new on this album! From Happy Xmas (War Is Over) to My Favorite Things, John Legend has certainly created one of the best Christmas records on vinyl.

17. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics (1947) by Gene Autry

17 - Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics by Gene Autry - Best Christmas Albums on Vinyl

What its one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records of All-time

Looking for a more traditional Christmas album? Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Christmas Classics (1947) by Gene Autry is your answer! Capturing sweet storytelling and more sleighbells than one can handle, this is surely one of the best Christmas vinyl records to get nostalgic for old-school holiday albums. 

16. Christmas Songs by Sinatra (1948) by Frank Sinatra

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Why Christmas Songs by Sinatra is one of the Best Christmas Records on Vinyl

Nothing says cozy classic Christmas album like Christmas Songs by Sinatra (1948). This album’s magical arrangement casts you under Frank Sinatra’s spell and brings bright holiday joy. Whether you need a break from autotuned versions of Christmas songs, or you just want to play something gentle in the background as you’re eating with loved ones, this album is a staple holiday record.

15. Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) by Elvis Presley

 Elvis' Christmas Album by Elvis Presley - Best Holiday Albums on Vinyl

Why Elvis’ Christmas Album is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Is it the holidays if you haven’t heard Elvis Presley’s Blue Christmas yet? Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) holds up as one of the best Christmas records because it is as sweet and tender as punchy and bright. This album will have you hopping around the tree as you decorate and ready to cozy up by its end.

14. Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960) by Ella Fitzgerald

14 - Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald - Best Christmas Vinyl Records

Why Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

If you’re hunting for a sparkling jazz album to celebrate the festive season, look no further than Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (1960). This is certainly one of the best Christmas albums on vinyl because it has so much character and charm. Featuring Ella Fitzgerald’s unbeatable version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, you can’t help but feel festive when this record is on the turntable!

13. Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee (1965) by Brenda Lee

13 - Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee - Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Why Merry Christmas From Brenda Lee is on of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Just about everyone who celebrates Christmas knows Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree, so it’s no surprise that Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee (1965) has made it onto this list. This album still surprises with its traditional style, making it one of the most classic Christmas albums of all time. Even if you’re far from home this holiday season, this album will bring you back to that Christmas you remember most fondly.

12. White Christmas (1945) by Bing Crosby

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Why White Christmas is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

As far as traditional Christmas albums go, White Christmas (1945) is simply a classic. Bing Crosby’s original serenade of White Christmas alone makes this one of the best Christmas albums of all time. If you’re looking to spread festive cheer with loved ones, don’t forget to add this classic record to your mix.

11. Merry Christmas (1965) by Andy Williams

11 - Merry Christmas by Andy Williams - Top Christmas Vinyl Albums

Why Merry Christmas is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

Searching for a cozy record this holidays? Merry Christmas (1965) is so warm you may even get by without turning the heater on. This sweet album is peppy and bright, making it a perfect addition to your festive activities around the house. Whether you’re crafting decorations or baking up a storm, this classic Christmas album will put you in a festive mood.

10. Christmas Classics (2006) by Bing Crosby

10 - Christmas Classics by Bing Crosby - Top Holiday Vinyl Records

Why Bing Crosby’s Christmas Classics is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

I couldn’t help adding a second album by Bing Crosby because he truly is the king of traditional Christmas songs. Christmas Classics (2006) is a revival of the best Christmas records all in one place. If you’re after an expanded collection of old-school holiday songs you’re in for a treat with this delightful album.

9. A Winter Romance (1959) by Dean Martin

9 - A Winder Romance by Dean Martin - Christmas Music on Vinyl

Why A Winter Romance is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

Although not technically a Christmas Album, A Winter Romance (1959) gets a lot of points for trying. This album stands strong as a holiday staple with a tracklist that dedicates close to half the songs to Christmas, including Dean Martin’s classic version of Let It Snow. 

8. A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector (1963) by Various Artists

8 - A Christmas Gift For You from Phil Spector - Best Holiday Music Vinyl

Why A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

If modern pop and old traditional Christmas songs don’t fit your style, then brighten up your Christmas day with A Christmas Gift For You From Phil Spector (1963). Featuring The Ronettes, Darlene Love, and more, this album is exploding with a big band sound. This fun collection is one of the best Christmas albums on vinyl.

7. Jackson Five Christmas (1970) by The Jackson Five

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Why Jackson Five Christmas is one of the Best Holiday Records on Vinyl

Needing an album to pump you up for the holiday season? Look no further than Jackson Five Christmas (1970). Featuring my personal favorite version of Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, it’s hard to ignore that this is one of the best Christmas records. Pro tip: This album makes even Christmas cleaning a fun task, just boogie along!

6. The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (1964) by The Beach Boys

6 - The Beach Boys Christmas Album - Classic Christmas Records on Vinyl

Why The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

Combining traditional songs with original festive tracks like my personal favorite, Little Saint Nick, is The Beach Boys’ Christmas Album (1964). If you’re looking for something a little playful, cheeky, and fun, then look no further! The Beach Boys are a little unassuming for holiday album contenders, but I think that’s what makes this one of the best Christmas albums of all time.

5. Feliz Navidad (1970) by José Feliciano

5 - Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano - Greatest Holiday Albums on Vinyl

Why Feliz Navidad is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

How could I possibly make this list without José Feliciano’s Feliz Navidad (1970)? Clearly, I couldn’t! It’s a classic Christmas album for the 21st century. From the original title track to fantastic renditions of traditional Christmas songs, this album is an essential addition to your holiday vinyl collection.

4. Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (1965) by Burl Ives

4 - Have A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives - The Greatest Christmas Music Albums

Why Have A Holly Jolly Christmas is one of the Best Holiday Vinyl Records

If you’re after that old-school Christmas magic, look no further than Have A Holly Jolly Christmas (1965). Whether you’ve never heard of Burl Ives or he’s a staple in your Christmas mix, there is no doubt that he brings this title track to life, creating one of the best Christmas albums on vinyl.

3. Merry Christmas (1994) by Mariah Carey

3 - Merry Christmas by Mariah Carey - Best Holiday Albums of All time

Why Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas is one of the Best Christmas Vinyl Records

It’s pretty apt to say Merry Christmas (1994) has made Mariah Carey a holiday phenomenon, and while it is undoubtedly a newer classic Christmas album it’s hard to top. Peppy and bright, this is one of the best albums on vinyl to have on the turntable on Christmas day!

2. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) by Vince Guaraldi Trio

2 - A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi Trio - Top Holiday Vinyl Records

Why A Charlie Brown Christmas is one of the Best Holiday Albums on Vinyl

Relive A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) as you cover the house in tinsel and treats with loved ones. This is one of the best Christmas vinyl records because it is so unassuming, you’re sure to get that holiday spark alongside warm nostalgia. Bring a bit of coziness into your home this festive season with this classic Christmas record.

1. Rockin’ Little Christmas (1986) by Various Artists

1 Rockin’ Little Christmas - Greatest Christmas Record on Vinyl

Why Rockin’ Little Christmas is the Best Christmas Vinyl Record

Rockin’ Little Christmas (1986) holds a special place in my heart, which is why I consider it the best Christmas album on vinyl. Can many other albums compete with Mambo Santa Mambo, Run Rudolph Run, and Jingle Bell Rock in the tracklist? If you’re hunting for a fun, classic Christmas album to play on Christmas Day this is my top pick for you!

There you go! The best Christmas vinyl records to bring holiday cheer, including 25 of my personal favorite albums.

What would you add to your own list? Tell us in the comments!

Chelsea Emerick

Chelsea Emerick is a Florida-based Australian and contributor for Binaural Records. Her upbringing around 60s and 70s rock has developed a passion for pop-punk and indie. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys thrifting and painting.

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