Various Artists, "A Very Special Christmas Vol. 7"

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The younger pop artists featured on "A Very Special Christmas Vol. 7" will certainly appeal to the Disney Channel set, but the album's infectious classics and varying musical styles will also likely draw in their parents, too. Smoky-voiced singer Colbie Caillat opens the set with a version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" that will relax even the most frazzled holiday shopper, and Miley Cyrus' rendition of "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is prime Hannah Montana fare, complete with upbeat guitar riffs and exuberant shout-outs. Vanessa Hudgens puts on her best slinky purr dring a jazzy take of "Winter Wonderland," while Sean Kingston takes a reggae-pop approach to "The Little Drummer Boy." Country music is also represented on the album, with an uplifting piano accompanying Carrie Underwood's version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing." --Kelsey Paine

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