first friday–the advent of the best-of lists of 2012

Friday, December 7, 2012

No secret to some of you, one of my very favorite things is  the best-of year-in-review lists that proliferate around December. Instead of a regular friday five during December, I’m going to spread out my best-of lists over the next few weeks. Maybe I’ll squeeze a few more in at the end of the year, but you can definitely count on them on Fridays.

Since we’re not that far into December, today is my 5 favorite Christmas albums this year. Note: not all are new. Second note: all are worth every penny I paid for them.

1) Hymns of Christmas – Jennifer Knapp and Margaret Becker
I have a tremendous crush on Jennifer Knapp. She sings like a beautiful angel. An alto angel, at that. Margaret Becker – the same. This is classic and timeless, and I’ve been listening to it over and over again.




2) December, vol. 2 – Robbie Seay Band
If you only buy one of these songs, buy Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, which is set to the tune of Come Thou Fount, which is my favorite hymn. All that is true. This is a great little EP.




3)Noel – Various Artists
This little album was spearheaded (I think) by Derri Daugherty and Steve Hindalong. They also did the City on a Hill projects, for those who know those albums. This one is better than ANY of the City on a Hill albums. I would say, without a doubt, that this album gets the most play year after year of any of my Christmas albums. It’s not been reissued yet, but you can get it for pretty cheap from a used Amazon seller.


4) Very Relevant Christmas/Volume 2
A free gift only for subscribers, this album is really well curated and a pleasure to listen to. Full of indie artists like Sugar & the Hi-lows, Matthew Perryman Jones, and Paper Route – click the album cover to subscribe today if you’d like a copy (plus you get 3 other albums throughout the year).




5) Amy Grant – Home for Christmas
Nobody does Christmas like Amy. This is my favorite of her Christmas albums. I sometimes listen to it when it’s not Christmas time. Shh…




What are your favorite Christmas albums, new or old?

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