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Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Christmas! [Universal]

Track List

>Christmas Song, The (Merry Christmas to You) - Nat King Cole
>White Christmas - Bing Crosby
>Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley
>Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra
>Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett
>Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald
>Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Dean Martin
>Home For the Holidays, (There's No Place Like) - Perry Como
>It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Johnny Mathis
>Holly Jolly Christmas, A - Burl Ives
>Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry
>Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer - Elmo & Patsy
>Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
>Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms
>Little Saint Nick - The Beach Boys
>Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters
>Christmas Collage - Kathy Mattea
>Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie/Bing Crosby
>Happy Christmas (War Is Over) - John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band/The Harlem Community Choir
>Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen
>Do They Know It's Christmas? - Band Aid
>Wonderful Christmastime - Paul McCartney
>Our Love Is Like a Holiday - Michael Bolton
>Santa Claus, (It Must Have Been Ol') - Harry Connick, Jr.
>Jingle Bells - Diana Krall
>Away in a Manger - Mannheim Steamroller
>Deck the Halls - Ottmar Liebert
>Love on Layaway - Gloria Estefan
>Don't Save It All for Christmas Day - Céline Dion
>This Christmas - Joe
>Special Gift - The Isley Brothers
>All We Need Is Love
>My Only Wish (This Year) - Britney Spears
>You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas) - *NSYNC
>O Come All Ye Faithful - Luther Vandross
>Silent Night - Boyz II Men

Album Remarks & Appraisals:

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

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (11/30/01, p.90) - "...Predictable but satisfying..." - Rating: B-

Album Notes

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.


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