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Now That's What I Call Christmas! is a two-disc holiday music compilation that was released on October 23, 2001 by Universal Music Group. The album is part of the (U.S.) Now! series, and the first holiday-themed album in the series.
On November 15, 2004, Now That's What I Call Christmas! was certified 6x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of six million units in the United States, making it the best-selling Now! album in the U.S.
The album was also the best-selling holiday album in the U.S. for both 2001 and 2002, and has sold more than 3,315,000 copies according to Nielsen/SoundScan.
"The third collection features many standards that mom and dad could appreciate (or would that be grandma and pop-pop?) and accents the earlier volumes perfectly." -PopCultureMadness
Entertainment Weekly (11/30/01, p.90) - "...Predictable but satisfying..." - Rating: B-
One of the advantages to consumers of huge music biz conglomerates is the tremendous music catalogs they amass while swallowing up smaller companies--and thus NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL CHRISTMAS brings us one of the more comprehensive Christmas collections of recent years. With the notable exception of George Michael's "Last Christmas" (Michael sued Sony a while back and is notable by his absence here), this trawl through some 50 years of Christmas pop unearths quite a few gems.
Elvis Presley's "Blue Christmas," Frank Sinatra's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas," to name but a few, share digital space with the more contemporary stylings of Britney Spears, Boyz II Men, and the Big Yard Family featuring Shaggy. The latter's "All We Need Is Love" is one of the more affecting contributions here. The overall effect is instant nostalgia and a decidedly warm, fuzzy feeling, and you can't ask for more than that in a Christmas compilation.