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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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MacGowan, Shane

Christmas Party EP '96

1996 image buy  

Maestro, Johnny & The Brooklyn Bridge

Christmas Is… (EP) 1989 image buy  
Maestro, Johnny and Joel Katz Christmas With Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge and Joel Katz & The Glows
- includes material from a 1989 EP by Maestro and a 2005 album by Katz
2010 image buy  
Maji Christmas Dreams
- featuring Joe Puerta of Ambrosia
2007 image buy  
Malibooz Malibooz Yule: A Malibu Kind of Christmas 1992 image buy  
Malo, Raul Marshmallow World & Other Holiday Favorites
- Amazon edition has bonus track
2007 image buy  
Malone, Michelle Singing Christmas In The Attic 1992 image buy  
Manchester, Melissa Joy 1997 image buy  
  Joy
- same as above reissued by Koch
2007 image buy  
Mancini, Henry A Merry Mancini Christmas 1966 image buy  
  Christmas With Henry Mancini/Christmas With Eddy Arnold
- RCA budget LP compiling tracks from both artists, with different cover and title for Arnold on opposite side
1974 image buy  
  Greatest Christmas Songs
- 15 songs including all tracks from 1966 LP
2000 image buy  
Mandrell, Barbara Christmas At Our House 1984 image buy  
Manhattan Transfer Christmas Album 1992 image buy  
  Christmas Album
- same as above remastered & repackaged
2004 image buy  
  An Acapella Christmas
- first issued in Japan (2004)
2006 image buy  
  The Christmas Concert
- audio release of a concert recorded in 2005 and released on DVD in 2006
2014 image buy  
Manilow, Barry Because It's Christmas 1990 image buy  
  Christmas Gift Of Love 2002 image buy  
  In The Swing Of Christmas
- originally released in 2007 and sold exclusively through Hallmark stores
2009 image buy  
  The Classic Christmas Album
- from the Sony/BMG vaults; collection from his three holiday albums and more
2012 image buy  
Mann, Aimee Christmas 2005 (EP)
- iTunes exclusive MP3 download (now deleted)
2005 image buy  
  One More Drifter In The Snow 2006 image buy  
  One More Drifter In The Snow
- imported version with bonus track ("River," 2005) and new artwork
2008 image buy  
Mann, Chris Home For Christmas: The Chris Mann Christmas Special
- CD/DVD combo; contestant on "The Voice"
2013 image buy  
Mann, Johnny Singers We Wish You A Merry Christmas
- Liberty LP never reissued on CD; reissued as MP3 download in 2011
1967 image buy  
Mantovani Christmas Carols
- London mono LP; issued by Decca UK as An Album of Christmas Music; newly recorded in stereo in 1958; stereo version reissued by Collectors Choice in 2009 and Real Gone Music in 2016
1953 image buy  
  Christmas Greetings From Mantovani
- London LP; issued by Decca UK as A Song For Christmas
1963 image buy  
  Mantovani's Christmas Favorites
- London CD compiled from above two LP's
1987 image buy  
  Christmas Carols
- budget reissue of 1953 LP with new artwork; part of lengthy "Songs for Christmas" series
2004 image buy  
Marah A Christmas Kind Of Town 2005 image buy  
Marillion A Collection Of Recycled Gifts (2014)
- compilation of Christmas songs originally included on various fan club releases; CD sold exclusively through their website, with download available through iTunes, though not in America
2014 image buy  
Marsalis, Ellis New Orleans Christmas Carol
- also available in deluxe MP3 edition (two extra tracks) and digital music card edition (two extra tracks plus video)
2011 image buy  
Marsalis, Wynton Crescent City Christmas Card 1989 image buy  
  Christmas Jazz Jam
- originally sold exclusively at Target stores
2009 image buy  
Marshall Tucker Band Carolina Christmas 2005 image buy  
Martin, Dean A Winter Romance
- Capitol LP reissued in early 60's with different cover; CD reissue by Capitol (1994); one bonus track, 'Christmas Blues'
1959 image buy review
  A Winter Romance
- CD reissue by Collector's Choice (2005); four non-Christmas bonus tracks
1959 image buy review
  Holiday Cheer
- reissue of above with new title & cover, minus title track
1965 image buy review
  The Dean Martin Christmas Album
- reissued in 2013 as MP3 download
1966 image buy review
  Making Spirits Bright
- recorded for Capitol & Reprise 1953-66
1998 image buy review
  Christmas With Dino
- similar to above
2004 image buy review
  Songs For Christmas
- 14-track imported budget collection
2004 image buy review
  Christmas With Dino
- revised version
2006 image buy review
  Holidays & Hits
- digital album containing Winter Romance plus Essential (2004)
2009 image buy review
  Merry Christmas From Dean Martin
- five-track digital EP from the Capitol vaults
2009 image buy review
  My Kind Of Christmas
- 14 track compilation on Hip-O Records
2009 image buy review
  My Kind Of Christmas
- new edition of above with new cover, one updated track
2011 image buy review
  Winter Dreams
-24-track Delta UK CD combines two Capitol LP's, "A Winter Romance" and "Sleep Warm"
2011 image buy review
  Icon: My Kind Of Christmas
- 14-track collection from Capitol and Reprise recordings; repackage of My Kind Of Christmas (2011), itself an updated version of a 2009 album of the same name
2013 image buy review
  Icon: Dino's Christmas
- 10-track Universal compilation
2014 image buy review
Martin, Eric
- Mr. Big vocalist
Mr. Vocalist Xmas
- sold only in Japan
2009 image buy  
Martin, Jimmy To Mother At Christmas 1980 image buy  
Martin, Kay I Know What He Wants For Christmas
- more famous for cover than contents...
1962 image buy  
Martino, Al A Merry Christmas 1964 image buy  
Marx, Richard The Christmas EP 2011 image buy  
 

Christmas Spirit (2012)
- includes all songs from above

2012 image buy  
Mastersounds Happy Holidays From Many Lands
- World Pacific jazz album featuring Wes Montgomery's brothers, Buddy and Monk
1959 image buy  
Mathis, Johnny Merry Christmas
- original Columbia album; reissued with different cover in 1959; originally reissued on CD in 1990
1958 image buy review
  Merry Christmas
- same as above remastered with bonus tracks; 2003 CD reissue
1958 image buy review
  Merry Christmas
- same as above repackaged & remastered; 2004 CD reissue
1958 image buy review
  Sounds Of Christmas
- original Mercury album
1963 image buy review
  Give Me Your Love For Christmas
- original Columbia album
1969 image buy review
  Christmas With Johnny Mathis
- Columbia reissue of 1963 Mercury LP with new cover minus two tracks
1971 image buy review
  Christmas With Johnny Mathis & The Ray Coniff Singers
- Columbia budget album with six songs by each artist
1972 image buy review
  Johnny Mathis For Christmas
- collected from 1963 and 1969 albums
1984 image buy review
  Christmas Eve With Johnny Mathis
- original Columbia album
1986 image buy review
  Christmas Music Of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection
- recorded 1958-1986
1993 image buy review
  Christmas Music Of Johnny Mathis: A Personal Collection
- same as above repackaged & remastered; 2004 CD reissue
1993 image buy review
  Christmas Is...
- budget compilation including hard-to-find 1970 title track
1999 image buy review
  The Christmas Album
- original Columbia album
2002 image buy review
  Winter Wonderland
- budget compilation
2005 image buy review
  Gold: A 50th Anniversary Christmas Celebration
- companion to 50th Anniversary Celebration collection; also available in DVD edition (2009)
2006 image buy review
  Songs For Christmas
- 14-track imported budget collection
2011 image buy review
  Sending You A Little Christmas
- brand new recordings
2013 image buy review
  Classic Christmas Album
- Sony Legacy compilation
2014 image buy review
  Complete Christmas Collection 1958-2010
- 3-CD set from Real Gone Music compiling five albums plus rarities
2015 image buy review
Mattea, Kathy Good News 1993 image buy  
  Joy For Christmas Day 2003 image buy  
Maysa A Very Maysa Christmas
- solo artist and member of Incognito and Stevie Wonder's Wonderlove; guests include vocalist Will Downing and saxophonist Gerald Albright
2014 image buy  
McBride, Martina White Christmas 1998 image buy  
  White Christmas
- reissued with new artwork and 2 new tracks; also available in DVD edition (2009)
1999 image buy  
  White Christmas
- reissued with new artwork and 4 new tracks
2007 image buy  
  Classic Christmas Album
- same as above plus a creepy Elvis Presley duet
2013 image buy  
McBride, Mary Every Day Is A Holiday
- produced by Lou Whitney
2009 image buy  
McClain, Antsy
- and the Trailer Park Troubadours
Merry Christmas From The Trailer Park 2006 image buy  
McCoo, Marilyn White Christmas
- included one song recorded in 1990
1994 image buy  
McCoy, Charlie Christmas
- original Monument LP
1974 image buy  
  Christmas
- Sony CD reissue of above with new cover
1995 image buy  
McCready, Heather Christmas The Way I Hear It
- Texas singer/songwriter
2011 image buy  
McCreery, Scotty Christmas with Scotty McCreery
- American Idol contestant
2012 image buy  
McDonald, Michael In The Spirit: A Christmas Album 2001 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Christmas Collection
- same as above with new cover & title
2004 image buy  
  Through The Many Winters
- sold exclusively through Hallmark shops
2005 image buy  
  This Christmas
- mix of songs from previous albums, live tracks, and soundtrack cuts plus three new tracks
2009 image buy  
McDonald, Richie If Every Day Could Be Christmas
- singer for country group Lonestar
2009 image buy  
McEntire, Reba Merry Christmas To You 1987 image buy  
  Merry Christmas To You
- reissue of above with new cover
1993 image buy  
  The Secret Of Giving: A Christmas Collection 1999 image buy  
  20th Century Masters: Christmas Collection
- selections from both above
2003 image buy  
  Christmas & Hits Duos
- slipcase with 20th Century Masters plus Greatest Hits Vol. 3 (2001)
2008 image buy  
  My Kind Of Christmas
- sold exclusively through Cracker Barrel stores
2016 image buy  
McGarrigle, Kate & Anne The McGarrigle Christmas Hour
- guests include Emmylou Harris, Beth Orton, Teddy Thompson, and Martha and Rufus Wainwright; companion to their 1998 album The McGarrigle Hour; also see their 2009 video A Not So Silent Night
2005 image buy  
McGlynn, Ian North Pole Vault EP 2013 image buy  
McGovern, Maureen Christmas With Maureen McGovern 1990 image buy  
  Christmas With Maureen McGovern
- reissued with new cover
1998 image buy  
McGriff, Jimmy Christmas With McGriff
- original Sue LP with white woman on cover
1963 image buy  
  Christmas With McGriff
- budget-priced Trip/Mistletoe LP reissue with black woman on cover
1976 image buy  
  Christmas With McGriff
- Collectables CD reissue with slightly altered original cover
1996 image buy  
McGuire Sisters Greetings From The McGuire Sisters
- Coral LP includes singles 1954-1957; tracks appear on Sincerely (2006) and Arthur Godfrey & His Friends (2007)
1963 image buy  
McKennitt, Loreena A Winter Garden: Five Songs For The Season (EP) 1995 image buy  
  A Midwinter Night's Dream 2008 image buy  
McKeown, Erin Fuck That! Erin McKeown's Anti-Holiday Album 2011 image buy  
McKnight, Brian Bethlehem 1998 image buy  
  I'll Be Home for Christmas 2008 image buy  
  Icon Christmas
- selected from his previous two albums
2016 image buy  
McLachlan, Sarah Wintersong 2006 image buy  
  The Classic Christmas Album
- includes all of above plus bonus tracks
2015 image buy  
  Wonderland 2016 image buy  
McLean, Don Christmas 1991 image buy  
  Christmas Dreams 1997 image buy  
  Christmastime!
- combines complete contents of above two; initially sold exclusively through his website
2004 image buy  
MCM Xmaz-N-The-Hood (EP) 1991 image buy  
McMasters, Luke Merry Christmas, Beautiful
- title track based on his hit with Jim Brickman, "Good Morning, Beautiful"
2012 image buy  
  Merry Christmas, Beautiful
- newly available on CD with new artwork
2013 image buy  
McPhee, Katharine Christmas Is The Time To Say I Love You 2010 image buy  
Me You & Her A Lil' More Christmas (EP)
- young female folk trio; proceeds benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository
2013 image buy  
Medeiros, Glenn The Glenn Medeiros Christmas Album 1993 image buy  
Melachrino, George Christmas In High Fidelity
- mono RCA LP; reissued on CD by Collector's Choice in 1999 in tandem with "Under Western Skies" (1959)
1954 image buy  
  Christmas Joy
- fabled "living stereo" album on RCA reissued on CD by Real Gone in 2015
1959 image buy  
Melanie Antlers: A Christmas For True Believers 1997 image buy  
  Yes Santa, There Is A Melanie
- same as above with new title and artwork
2004 image buy  
Melvin, Harold & The Blue Notes Christmas With Harold Melvin
- latter-day recording on St. Clair Records
2003 image buy  
  Holiday Jingles
- reissue of above by Platinum Disc with new cover
2005 image buy  
  Christmas With Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes
- Sony budget reissue of 2003 album with slightly different track listing
2013 image buy  
Mercy Me The Christmas Sessions
- also issued in alternate green cover
2005 image buy  
Merrill, Alan A Merrilly Christmas
- with Graham Parker, Dann Penn, and more; same sessions as Holiday Heroes (1995)
2001 image buy  
Merrill, Helen Christmas Song Book
- with Mel Tormé and Art Farmer
1991 image buy  
Meshugga Beach Party Hot Rod Hanukkah
- Jewish surf band
2011 image buy  
Messer, Don & His Islanders Christmas with Don Messer & His Islanders
- vocals by Marg Osburne and Charlie Chamberlain; Messer was a Canadian fiddler and bandleader who hosted a long-running TV show
1960 image buy  
Messina Jo Dee A Joyful Noise 2002 image buy  
Midler, Bette Cool Yule
- also available in DVD edition (2009)
2006 image buy  
Mighty Blue Kings The Christmas Album 2000 image buy  
Mighty Echoes Doo Wop Around The Christmas Tree 2006 image buy  
Miles, Buddy Greatest Christmas Hits
- originally released as Christmas With The California Raisins (1988)
1991 image buy  
Miller, Jacob & Ray I Ital Christmas
- Inner Circle frontman with DJ; original release on Top Ranking Records
1978 image buy  
  Natty Christmas
- reissue of above by RAS Records with new cover & title
1987 image buy  
  Natty Christmas
- RAS CD reissue with new cover
1990 image buy  
  Natty Christmas
- VP CD reissue with restored 1987 cover
2007 image buy  
Miller, Mitch Golden Treasury Of Christmas Songs And Carols 1958 image buy  
  Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch
- expanded CD edition reissued by Real Gone Music in 2016
1958 image buy  
  Holiday Sing-Along With Mitch
- CD with bonus tracks reissued by Columbia in 1999
1961 image buy  
Miller, Scott Christmas Gift
- former member of the V-Roys
2010 image buy  
Mills Brothers Merry Christmas
- original Dot LP
1959 image buy  
  Merry Christmas
- Dot LP reissue of above with new cover
1968 image buy  
  Merry Christmas
- MCA CD reissue of above with new cover
1995 image buy  
Mills, Stephanie Christmas 1991 image buy  
Milsap, Ronnie Christmas With Ronnie Milsap 1986 image buy  
  Christmas In Dixie
- budget compilation split with Alabama
1997 image buy  
Minogue, Kylie Kylie Christmas 2015 image buy  
  Kylie Christmas: Snow Queen Edition
- six new bonus tracks and new cover art
2016 image buy  
Mirror Image Disco Noel 1979 image buy  
  Yuletide Disco
- above two reputed to be the exact same recordings as the Mistletoe Disco Band LP's issued in 1980 (below)
1979 image buy  
Misfits Horror Xmas (EP)
- venerable punks cover cartoon classics; originally issued as MP3 download; CD and vinyl followed in 2014
2013 image buy  
Missile Toads Xmas Punx Brew 2013 image buy  
Mistletoe Disco Band Christmas Disco
1980 image buy  
  Christmas Disco
- same as above reissued on MP3
2009 image buy  
  More Christmas Disco 1980 image buy  
  More Christmas Disco
- same as above reissued on MP3
- above four reputed to be the exact same recordings as the Mirror Image LP's issued in 1979 (above)
2009 image buy  
Mitchell, Elizabeth The Sounding Joy: Christmas Songs In & Out Of The Ruth Crawford Seeger Songbook
- noted children's music singer from the 1953 songbook "American Folk Songs for Christmas"; guests include Natalie Merchant, John Sebastian, Dan Zanes, Happy Traum, and Peggy Seeger
2013 image buy  
Modern Post Lowborn King (EP)
- featuring Thrice guitarist/vocalist Dustin Kensrue
2014 image buy  
Moe Seasons Greetings From Moe 2003 image buy  
Monheit, Jane The Season
- also released on DualDisc
2005 image buy  
Montgomery Cliffs Stocking Stuffer (EP) 1999 image buy  
Montgomery, John Michael Mr. Snowman 2003 image buy  
Moody Blues December 2003 image buy  
  Christmas & Hits Duos
- slipcase with December plus Best Of The Moody Blues (1997)
2008 image buy  
Moog Machine Christmas Becomes Electric
- Sony MP3 reissue of early synthesizer recording on Columbia
1969 image buy  
Moogstar Christmas With Moogstar
- produced by Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams
2009 image buy  
Moore, Dorothy Please Come Home For Christmas 2002 image buy  
Moore, Melba A Very Special Christmas Gift 2001 image buy  
Moore, Rudy Ray The Rudy Ray Moore Christmas Album
- primarily a comedy album
1971 image buy  
  This Ain't No White Christmas!
- CD reissue with new cover & title
1996 image buy  
  This Ain't No White Christmas!
- CD reissue with cover similar to original LP; includes two contemporary bonus tracks
2001 image buy  
Morris, Gary Every Christmas
- original Warner Brothers release
1988 image buy  
  Every Christmas
- Capitol reissue of above with new cover art
1990 image buy  
  Every Christmas
- MP3 version of above, reissued by the artist with original cover art
2000 image buy  
Moten, Wendy Christmas Time (EP)
- 7-track Japanese release with three holiday songs
1995 image buy  
  'Tis The Season 2009 image buy  
Mothersbaugh, Mark Joyeux Mutato 2000 image buy  
Mottola, Tony Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
- with Bucky Pizzarelli; reissued on CD in 1994
1979 image buy  
  The Christmas Guitar Collection
- reissue of above
2000 image buy  
Mr Keep Calm & The Cancelled Cheques The Christmas Album
- all-original, acoustic-based rock from the UK
2011 image buy  
Muldaur, Maria Christmas At The Oasis
- live recording, originally sold through her website
2010 image buy  
Murphey, Michael Cowboy Christmas 1991 image buy  
  Acoustic Christmas Carols: Cowboy Christmas II 1999 image buy  
  Cowboy Christmas III
- sold exclusively through his website
2002 image buy  
  Cowboy Christmas Gift Set
- Acoustic Christmas Carols plus live DVD
2006 image buy  
Murray, Anne Christmas Wishes 1981 image buy  
  Christmas 1988 image buy  
  The Season Will Never Grow Old
- sold exclusively in Hallmark stores
1993 image buy  
  The Best Of The Season
- includes first two albums in entirety
1994 image buy  
  My Christmas Favorites
- selection from first two albums
1995 image buy  
  What A Wonderful Christmas
- 2-CD set including most of first two albums plus new recordings
2001 image buy  
  Anne Murray's Christmas Album
- selections from four previous original albums plus four new songs
2008 image buy  
  Icon: Christmas
- 11-track Capitol/Universal compilation
2014 image buy  
Musgraves, Kacey A Very Kacey Christmas
- with guests Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson, and the Quebe Sisters
2016 image buy  
Musiq Soulchild A Philly Soul Christmas
- initially sold exclusively at Target stores
2008 image buy  
  Christmas Musiq
- MP3 download reissue of above with new title and cover
2009 image buy  
MxPx Punk Rawk Christmas (red CD)
- compilation of fan club singles plus new recordings
2009 image buy review
  Punk Rawk Christmas (green CD)
- limited edition CD with two extra songs, expanded booklet, and green-tinted cover sold exclusively through band's website
2009 image buy review
My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style (EP) 2000 image buy  
  iTunes Session
- exclusive digital EP
2011 image buy  
Mychols, Lisa Lost Winter Dream 1990 image buy  

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