Women in Music 2016

Listen Free: Hottest Holiday Albums of 2009

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Jingle Bells Sheet Music and holly, mistletoe.

Listen to the hottest holiday albums released this year, right here on Billboard.com. Check out the latest sonic season's greetings from Sting, Andrea Bocelli, Tori Amos, Bob Dylan, Miley Cyrus and Carrie Underwood. Then head over to the classics and feast your ears on music from Josh Groban, Kenny G., Mannheim Steamroller and more. Sure beats a yule log.


A Very Special Christmas 7
Various Artists
A Very Special Christmas 7

The seventh installment of this beloved compilation series features Miley Cyrus' take on "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Carrie Underwood's version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," and Colbie Caillat's cover of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." Other artists include Sean Kingston, Leighton Meester and Ashley Tisdale. Proceeds from the album benefit the Special Olympics. Read more about "A Very Special Christmas 7" here.

Tori Amos Midwinter Graces
Tori Amos
Midwinter Graces

This 12-song album is the first collection of holiday music from Tori Amos. It includes holiday standards like "What Child, Nowell" and "Star of Wonder," as well as original compositions such as "Pink and Glitter" and "Our New Year." Read more about "Midwinter Graces" here.

Andrea Bocelli My Christmas
Andrea Bocelli
My Christmas

Italian pop-classical crooner Andrea Bocelli duets with Mary J. Blige ("What Child Is This"), Reba McEntire ("Blue Christmas"), the Muppets ("Jingle Bells"), Natalie Cole, Katherine Jenkins and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, to name just a few guests.

Bob Dylan Christmas In The Heart
Bob Dylan
Christmas In The Heart

The Billboard review noted that "even by Bob Dylan's standards, his new album "Christmas in the Heart" is an odd one." The collection, which benefits Feeding America and other food charities, includes classics like "Here Comes Santa Claus" and lesser-known songs like "Christmas Island" and "Must Be Santa." The set earned Dylan a No. 1 spot on the Holiday Albums chart.

Sting If On A Winter's Night
If On A Winter's Night

This is a set of holiday-inspired songs, but it's not quite a Christmas album, Sting recently told Billboard. "The whole season is much broader than that," he said. "Winter is about inspiration and imagination." Sting was inspired by everything from a 14th-century carol ("Gabriel's Message") to traditional lullabies and poems. The album debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200.

Sugarland Gold And Green
Green And Gold

The Billboard Review of this holiday set from Country twosome Sugarland called it "a smart and comfortable mix of standards and new songs penned by the duo." Highlights include "Winter Wonderland," "Nuttin' for Christmas," "Holly Jolly Christmas" and opener "City of Silver Dreams."