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This index presents a selected discography of the best and/or most important Christmas albums, organized by artist name. (Note there's a separate section for various artists albums.) Whenever possible, the listings are accompanied by links to the album art; to a place to buy the album (usually Amazon); and to my review of the album. Admittedly, the list skews heavily towards my preference for all things that rock, roll, swing, and twang. But, nothing's perfect - especially me and my crazy list. Please send additions, submissions, corrections, criticisms, and suggestions via email .

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Idol, Billy Happy Holidays 2006 image buy  
Impressions I'm Coming Home For Christmas 2009 image buy  
Indigo
- aka Time Pools
Indigo Christmas: Retro Jazz Swing 1996 image buy  
  Indigo Christmas 2: Retro Jazz Swing 1998 image buy  
  Indigo III - Merry Christmas Baby! A Swing'n Holiday 1999 image buy  
  Christmas Celebration: Holiday Jazz
- selections from above; part of Sugo Records' "Gourmet Grooves" series
2002 image buy  
  Cool Christmas: Retro Jazz Swing 2003 image buy  
Indigo Girls Holly Happy Days 2010 image buy  
Infant Kings Jingle Up High, Jingle Down Low...
- one-off group featuring members of Model Rockets and Young Fresh Fellows; originally released on CD locally in Seattle; widely reissued as MP3 download in 2010
1997 image buy  
Inner Voices Christmas Harmony 1990 image buy  
Insane Clown Posse A Carnival Christmas
- four song self-released EP
1994 image buy  
  A Carnival Christmas
- two song major label version of above
1997 image buy  
Iris, Donnie Ah! Leluiah! The Christmas Album
- originally sold exclusively at his website
2010 image buy  
Ironstrings, Ira Ira Ironstrings Plays Santa Claus: Christmas Music for Those Who've Heard Everything
- aka Alvino Rey
1959 image buy  
Irreconcilables Merry Ex-Mas... Songs For The Divorced and Soon-To-Be
- one-off concept album helmed by songwriters Will Robinson, Mike Reid and Don Pfrimmer
2010 image buy  
Isaak, Chris Christmas
- originally issued by Reprise; reissued by Mailboat in 2005; limited edition with one bonus track sold only at Target stores; Australian version contains two bonus tracks
2004 image buy review
Isley Brothers I'll Be Home For Christmas 2007 image buy  
Ives, Burl Christmas Day In The Morning 1952 image buy  
  Christmas Eve With Burl Ives 1957 image buy  
  Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
- soundtrack to animated TV special, plus instrumental tracks by the Decca Concert Orchestra; reissued on CD in 1995 with amended cover
1964 image buy  
  Have A Holly Jolly Christmas 1965 image buy  
  Burl Ives' Christmas Album 1968 image buy  
  Very Best Of Burl Ives Christmas
- Decca recordings 1952-1965
1999 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Christmas Collection
- same as above with new cover & title
2003 image buy  
  Christmas & Hits Duos
- slipcase with 20th Century Masters plus Best of Burl Ives (2001)
2008 image buy  
Iveys Christmas (EP)
- acoustic family trio from Texas - not to be confused with the Iveys, the presursor of Badfinger, or 90's indie rock band Ivy
2012 image buy  

Jackopierce

My Favorite Time Of Year
- Texas alt-folk duo

2012 image buy  
Jackson 5 Christmas Album
- reissued as MP3 download in 2014 with complete, original cover art
1970 image buy review
  Christmas Album
- European CD reissue with new cover
1999 image buy review
  20th Century Masters: Christmas Collection
- same as above, new cover, bonus track
2003 image buy review
  Ultimate Christmas Collection
- contains complete 'Christmas Album' plus 10 rarities
2009 image buy review
Jackson, Alan Honky Tonk Christmas 1993 image buy  
  Let It Be Christmas 2002 image buy  
  Let It Be Christmas
- download version of above with redesigned cover art
2014 image buy  
Jackson, Freddie Freddie Jackson At Christmas 1994 image buy  
  This Christmas With Freddie Jackson
- same as above with new cover & title minus one track
1998 image buy  
Jackson, Mahalia Sweet Little Jesus Boy 1955 image buy  
  Sweet Little Jesus Boy
- same as above with new cover
1962 image buy  
  Silent Night: Songs For Christmas 1962 image buy  
  Silent Night: Songs For Christmas
- UK public domain reissue of above with most of Sweet Little Jesus Boy appended as bonus tracks
2014 image buy  
  Christmas With Mahalia 1968 image buy  
  Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas!
- 18-track CD selected from above five
1995 image buy  
  Songs For Christmas
- 12-track imported budget collection
2004 image buy  
  Joy To The World: A Gospel Christmas
- 12-track imported budget collection; part of lengthy "Songs for Christmas" series
2005 image buy  
Jackson, Wanda & The Continentals Merry Christmas Baby
- Jackson appears on just four cuts; the Continentals are a German rockabilly band, and this album was largely unknown until its worldwide digital reissue in 2009
1997 image buy  
James, Bob Christmas Eyes
- with daughter Hilary James
2008 image buy  
James, Etta Twelve Songs Of Christmas 1998 image buy  
James, Joni Merry Christmas From Joni
- recorded 1953-1956
1956 image buy  
  Two Classic Holiday Albums
- CD containing above LP plus 'Give Us This Day' (1957), an inspirational album
1995 image buy  
James, Sonny My Christmas Dream
- Capitol LP never reissued on CD; reissued as MP3 download in 2011
1966 image buy  
James, Tommy I Love Christmas
- includes titular 2004 single
2008 image buy  
Jarreau, Al Christmas 2008 image buy  
Jars Of Clay Drummer Boy
- four track EP
1995 image buy  
  Drummer Boy (EP)
- issued on new label with different tracks
1997 image buy  
  Christmas Songs 2007 image buy  
  More Christmas Songs (EP) 2011 image buy  
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Big Band Holidays
- with Wynton Marsalis and other guests
2015 image buy  
Jenkins, Katherine This Is Christmas
- British singer and tabloid fodder
2012 image buy  
Jerome, Henry Christmas And Other Memories 1950-1956 2009 image buy  
Jesus Presley Christmas With Jesus Presley 2000 image buy  
Jethro Tull Christmas Sampler
- three-track promotional EP, 1968-1989
1995 image buy review
  Christmas Album
- includes re-recordings of above
2002 image buy review
Jets Christmas With The Jets 1986 image buy  
Jewel Joy: A Holiday Celebration 1999 image buy  
  Let It Snow: A Holiday Collection
- also available in a deluxe edition
2013 image buy  
Jigsaw Seen God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (EP) 1989 image buy  
  What About Christmas (EP) 2006 image buy  
  Winterland
- concept album about the season, including a few Christmas songs
2011 image buy  
  Gifted
- in essence, the sequel to above
2012 image buy  
Jillaine Jazzy Christmas To You! 2011 image buy  
  Jazzy Christmas To You II 2012 image buy  
  Jazzy Christmas to You III 2013 image buy  
Jingle Punx The Punx Who Stole Christmas 1998 image buy  
  Ho, Ho, Hokey! 2000 image buy  
  Ahhh!!! Tannenbomb 2002 image buy  
  What Noise Is This? 2003 image buy  
  Coal 2004 image buy  
  1225 2005 image buy  
  It's What I Got In My Sack 2006 image buy  
  Discomfort & Joy (EP) 2007 image buy  
  Re-Gifted Volume 1 2016 image buy  
  Re-Gifted Volume 2
- above two contain most of previous eight albums plus later singles
2016 image buy  
Joe Home Is The Essence Of Christmas
- originally an iTunes exclusive; widely released in 2010
2009 image buy  
  Make Sure You're Home for Christmas (EP)
- 6-track EP, Target exclusive, drawn from same material as iTunes album above
2009 image buy  
Johns, Evan & The H-Bombs Please Mr. Santa Claus 1990 image buy review
Johnson, General
- and the Chairmen of the Board
Merry Christmas 2007 image buy  
Johnson, Jacob I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day (EP)
- guitarist, singer, and self-described "Sinatra of neo-acoustic folk funk"
2011 image buy  
  Wild and Sweet: A Christmas Album
- includes all tracks from above EP, a 2012 single, and three new songs
2013 image buy  
Johnson, Jamey The Christmas Song (EP) 2014 image buy  
Jon B. Holiday Wishes From Me To You 2006 image buy  
Jones, Davy It's Christmas Time Again
- Monkees singer's first and only holiday album
2000 image buy  
  Christmas Jones
- same as above with new cover and title, reissued posthumously; does not include subsequent single It's Christmas (2008)
2012 image buy  
Jones, Etta Christmas With Etta Jones 1990 image buy  
  Christmas With Etta Jones
- same as above on new label
2003 image buy  
Jones, George & Wynette, Tammy Classic Christmas Album
- Sony/Legacy compilation from prior holiday releases
2013 image buy  
Jones, Jack Jack Jones Christmas Album
- original Kapp LP; issued with an new cover in 1965; original 1964 LP reissued on CD by Real Gone Music in 2016
1964 image buy  
  A Jack Jones Christmas
- original RCA LP
1969 image buy  
  Christmas With Jack Jones
- Camden reissue of RCA LP with new cover & title
1973 image buy  
  Jack Jones Christmas Album
- MCA reissue of Kapp LP with new cover
1973 image buy  
  White Christmas
- MCA CD reissue of above with same cover art but new title and minus two tracks
1987 image buy  
  Christmas
- Laserlight CD reissue of RCA LP with new cover & title
1994 image buy  
Jones, Jim A Dipset Xmas
- also released in a clean version
2006 image buy  
  A Tribute To Bad Santa
- with Mike Epps and the Skull Gang
2008 image buy  
Jones, Sharon & The Dap-Kings It's A Holiday Soul Party
- includes earlier singles
2015 image buy  
Jones, Shirley A Touch Of Christmas 2010 image buy  
Jones, Spike The Nutcracker Suite
- originally issued as a 78-rpm boxed set; entire suite included on RCA CD's Spiked (1994) and Tchaikovsky's Greatest Hit (2004)
1945 image buy  
  Christmas Fun With Spike Jones (EP)
- 4-song, 7-inch EP compiling previous singles; 2-song, 78-rpm single with identical title issued circa 1950
1955 image buy  
  Presents A Christmas Spectacular 1956 image buy  
  Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas
- LP reissue of above with new title & cover
1961 image buy  
  It's A Spike Jones Christmas
- same as above with new cover and title; reissued by Rhino in 1988
1970 image buy  
  Let's Sing A Song Of Christmas
- same as above with old title, new cover
1998 image buy  
  Christmas Crackers
- UK CD reissue 'The Nutcracker Suite' from inferior 78 transfer
2000 image buy  
Jordanaires Christmas To Elvis
- with Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana
1978 image buy  
  Christmas Tribute To The King
- budget-priced selections from above
2000 image buy  
  The Christmas Album
- new recordings (I think…)
2005 image buy  
Josi, Christian Holiday 2012 (EP)
- with Pat Dinizio of the Smithereens
2012 image buy  
Juber, Laurence Winter Guitar
- solo acoustic set from longtime member of Paul McCartney's band
1997 image buy  
  Holidays & Hollynights
- with bassist Domenic Genova and drummer Michael Jochum
2016 image buy  
Judd, Wynonna A Classic Christmas 2006 image buy  
Judds Christmas Time With The Judds 1987 image buy  
  Christmas With The Judds and Alabama
- budget CD with songs from both groups
1994 image buy  
  Christmas Time With The Judds
- reissued with amended cover art
1999 image buy  

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