Sure, it’s only October, but already a handful of artists are releasing holiday albums in anticipation of Christmas. From boy bands to pop stars, here are five albums to deck the halls with.
98 Degrees, Let It Snow
The veteran boy band slips back into the Christmas spirit with its second holiday album, due Oct. 20. The group considers its audience primarily female, but 1999’s This Christmas had a broader appeal. “Guys come up to us and say, ‘I love the Christmas album. My mom bought it for me,’” says member Jeffrey Timmons.
Cheap Trick, Christmas Christmas
“We put up some Christmas trees in the studio, picked out songs we all loved and voila!” says the group’s Robin Zander of Christmas Christmas, out Oct. 20. Four months after releasing its last studio album, the band covers holiday classics from The Ramones to Chuck Berry and pens three original tracks.
Hanson, Finally It’s Christmas
Twenty years since their debut Christmas album, Snowed In, the brothers swing back just in time for the holidays. “[Snowed In] has resonated with so many as a part of their family tradition for two decades,” says the trio in a joint statement. Finally It’s Christmas arrives Oct. 27 with four original songs.
Lindsey Stirling, Warmer in the Winter
Sia, Everyday Is Christmas
The pop star will christen her new label home at Atlantic with her first Christmas album out Novemeber 17, featuring 10 original holiday songs written by Sia and collaborator Greg Kurstin.