Baby, it's cold outside and all those activities in this winter wonderland feel a little warmer with a soundtrack of tunes from 2013's crop of holiday albums. Blige), rock (Nick Lowe), traditional (Susan Boyle), and even plenty of eclectic choices abound this year -- Bad Religion's punk-tastic "Christmas Songs" or Duck Dynasty's "Duck The Halls" anyone? The veteran punk band has railed against organized religion for years, but here they've ironically crammed eight Christmas classics into two-minute, frantic punk songs, leaving it up to the listener to make sense of it all.
Duck Dynasty - "Duck The Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" If you're a country music fan or just shopping for one, check out "Duck the Halls," which features 14 covers and originals sung by the cast of the A&E show, along with guest appearances from Luke Bryan, Alison Krauss, George Strait and more.
Leona Lewis - "Christmas, With Love" Billed as having a "Motown vibe," "With Love" marks the first Christmas album from the "Bleeding Love" songstress. Included in the collection are Lewis's take on a number of classics like "White Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland" along with the originals "One More Sleep," "Mr Right, and "Your Hallelujah."
Susan Boyle - "Home For Christmas" "Quality Street" is mixture of familiar standards ("Silent Night") and new songs written for the album, among them Lowe's collaboration with Ry Cooder "A Dollar Short of Happy" and the Ron Sexsmith song "Hooves on the Roof."
Straight No Chaser - "Under The Influence: Holiday Edition" The a cappella group teamed up with a variety of notable singers (Colbie Caillat, CeeLo Green) to cover festive chestnuts like "White Christmas" and "Everyday is Christmas" on their new eight-song release.
Tamar Braxton - "Winter Loversland" Tamar's first Christmas album features her putting her soulful stamp on holiday favorites like "Santa Baby," as well as new songs "No Gift" and "She Have You."