Maybe This Christmas (Nettwerk America)
Break out the eggnog for this eclectic mix of alternative and established acts doing the holiday thing. Original tunes like Dan Wilson’s “What a Year for a New Year” and Jimmy Eat World’s snowfall-sounding “12/23/95” mingle and jingle with classics by Vanessa Carlton (“Greensleeves”), Jack Johnson (“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”), Coldplay (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”), and the Barenaked Ladies/Sarah McLachlan duet “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” A portion of the proceeds from this disc supports Toys for Tots.
Broadway Cares: Home for the Holidays (Centaur Music)
Twenty stars belt out the songs as only they know how. Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming collaborate on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and Jane Krakowski sings the sultry “Santa Baby” all while Audra McDonald dreams of a “White Christmas.” One hundred percent of the proceeds support Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS organization.
Crooners Christmas Volume Two (North Star)
If you have the original Crooners Christmas, then here’s the companion to complete the set. This just-released disc features 14 holiday favorites sung by some of the smoothest voices in the business. Andy Williams kicks it off with “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” followed by Perry Como’s “Ave Maria,” Harry Belafonte’s “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” and Bing Crosby’s “Happy Holiday.” — JAMES E. MAYFIELD