There’s no shortage of festive new releases from your favorite artists to provide the perfect background music for hosting yuletide parties and trimming the tree. Here are a few of our favorites.
Lady Antebellum (above)
On This Winter’s Night
(Capitol Nashville, $14)
The Nashville trio that’s been ruling the country charts puts a harmonic twist on 12 holiday tracks, including “Blue Christmas,” “The First Noel” and “Silent Night (Lord of My Life).”
A Very Special Christmas: 25 Years
(Big Machine Records, $12)
Over the past 25 years, the Special Christmas series has sold millions of records to raise money for Special Olympics. This year, a compilation of 13 great cuts featuring the likes of Dave Matthews, Christina Aguilera and Michael Bublé continues the yuletide tradition.
The Polyphonic Spree
Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Volume One
(Good Records Recordings/Kirtland Records, $13)
The magic of the Polyphonic Spree’s legendary live Christmas shows is finally yours to bring home, thanks to this 13-track collection featuring 10 traditional tunes, a cover of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s classic “Happy X-Mas (War is Over)” and two truly original originals.
Cheers, It’s Christmas
(Warner Bros., $12)
The lovable judge from The Voice (aka Mr. Miranda Lambert) throws his 10-gallon hat in the ring with this collection featuring duets with Kelly Clarkson, Reba McEntire and his mother, Dorothy Shackleford.
Ultimate Christmas Collection
During its more than 40-year career, the chart-topping group Chicago has recorded a Santa’s sack worth of holiday tunes, which are compiled here.
Christmas with Scotty McCreery
(Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope, $12)
With his deep baritone, American Idol winner Scotty McCreery puts a little twang into holiday classics like Elvis Presley’s “Santa Claus Is Back in Town.” Buy the album from McCreery’s website for special bonuses, like the chance to meet the North Carolina native.