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Hi Gary,

A hefty number of holiday albums were released over the past festive season. I'm curious as to which such set has sold the most.

Can you please list the best-selling new seasonal releases from the just-wrapped holiday season?


Karen Gonzales
Angeles City, Philippines

Hi Karen,

With more than two feet of snow having fallen here in New York City since Dec. 26, it feels like the holiday season certainly didn't end on Christmas Day.

(Be very thankful that the forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 80s where you are).

How fitting, then, to recap the top-selling holiday albums released over the past few months. Here are the 10 top seasonal sets released in 2010, according to SoundScan:

Sales to date, Title, Artist
1,857,000, "The Gift," Susan Boyle
1,013,000, "O Holy Night" (EP), Jackie Evancho

918,000, "Glee: the Music, the Christmas Album," "Glee" cast
432,000, "Merry Christmas II You," Mariah Carey
279,000, "A Merry Little Christmas" (EP), Lady Antebellum
240,000, " NOW That's What I Call Christmas! 4," various artists
179,000, "Christmas Cornucopia," Annie Lennox
136,000, " Joy to the World," Pink Martini
108,000, " Sleigh Ride: Side By Side," various artists
90,000, "Christmas," Celtic Thunder