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The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas is the 2008 Christmas-themed release from the hugely successful NOW That's What I Call Music! series of compilation albums, which have collectively scanned over 70-million units in the U.S. in the last 10 years. This CD presents 25 of the most beloved holiday favorites from some of the greatest music artists of all-time, all on one CD.NOW has sold more than 70 million copies in the US! The three previously-released volumes of NOW That's What I Call Christmas have scanned nearly 6-million units combined! National TV Advertising Campaign targets a wide variety of tween, teen and family skewing networks and programming.
The Essential Now That's What I Call Christmas is a holiday album from the Now That's What I Call Music franchise in the United States, released on September 23, 2008.
"I guess you can say that I'm a person who owns a lot of Christmas albums. Perhaps I got that from my father and grew up listening to the Beach Boys, Elvis Pressley belt out the Christmas songs during the Holiday season. And of course, in the 90's, my Christmas listening was literally dominated by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mariah Carey, Amy Grant and Harry Connick, Jr.
And typically, in the past with Christmas compilations, they were hit-or-miss. But NOW which are known for their many compilation albums that feature the hit songs of the time have holiday albums and the first is "THE ESSENTIAL NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS" which features 25 Christmas tracks featuring classics such as Gene Autry's "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", Burl Ives "A Holly Jolly Christmas", Andy Williams "Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" and also songs that I grew up with, such as Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas", The Beach Boys "Little Saint Nick", Wham!'s "Last Christmas", Paul McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime", Amy Grant's "Breath of Heaven (Mary's Song) and John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)".
And of course, there is quite a few songs from today's artists such as Carrie Underwood with "Do You Hear What I Hear" and Colbie Caillat's "Mistletoe" and many more.
With 25 songs of Christmas songs, this Christmas Album definitely has a lot of popular Christmas classics featuring popular singers from the past and also the present. You can't go wrong with that."-Nt2099
At 25 tracks, this set of modern era Christmas songs is certainly generous, in keeping with the season of hope and giving that it depicts. Ranging from rock-shaded pieces like Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run" and the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick" to John Lennon's poignant "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and Burl Ives' classic "A Holly Jolly Christmas," this volume in the Now Music series will put a little skip, hop and beat into your holiday spirit. ~ Steve Leggett