18 amazing Christian Christmas albums for 2018
much Christmas music out there (both Christian and secular), we
thought it would be nice to compile a selection of some of our
favorite Christian Christmas albums and songs. We have included a
real mix of genres and musical styles so we're sure there'll be
something in there for you - and maybe you'll even find some new
Christmas favorites this year!
And we will be updating this list with new releases every week until
Christmas 2018 so do check back for updates as the season gets
1. Matt Redman -
These Christmas Lights (Genre: Worship)
It's been a
while since a top worship artist has released a full length album of
original Christmas music and Atlanta artist Matt Redman's
Christmas album has been a long process involving a songwriting
retreat to Israel where he walked paths and roads that are so
familiar to us in the Christmas story. Redman explains: "I don't
just want to just tell a story, I want to make sure that we put
ourselves in the story too." Not only do these songs make great
Christmas listening but Matt's Christmas album brings some new life
to familiar carols with songs and original choruses for use in
Christmas worship services as well.
2. Tenth Avenue North -
Decade The Halls, Vol. 1 (Genre: Various)
to say that Tenth Avenue North had fun creating their
Christmas release this year... and how creative they have been. In
their 10-track Christmas album, they explore the styles and genres
of music over the last 100 years, with each song encompassing a
different decade. This is definitely one of the most musically
absorbing Christmas releases we have seen in a long time, and we are
3. Pentatonix -
A Pentatonix Christmas (Genre: Vocal)
let this year slip by without giving giving O Come Let Us Adore
Him a mention from this Pentatonix's Christmas album.
Definitely the most fun and creative version of this traditional
carol we have heard. This song is sure to add some joy to your
NEW FOR 2018!
4. Lauren Daigle -
Behold (DELUXE): A Christmas Collection
If it's a
remaking of Christmas classics that you are after - then check out
Grammy-nominated and Dove award-winning artist Lauren Daigle's
Deluxe Christmas offering this year. From well-loved classics to
carols - there is something for everyone on this album. We have
loved Daigle's previous Christmas releases and are excited that she
continues to bring more to the table. She's the hottest Christian
artist on the planet right now with a new #1 CD.
5. Josh Garrels -
The Light Came Down (Genre: Alternative)
innovative album from Josh Garrels, featuring a mix of
original songs as well as Garrels' unique take on a number of
Christmas classics. Generous in length at over 50 minutes and 15
tracks, the album manages to explore many sonic and stylistic
avenues and as such avoids becoming repetitive: The Light Came
Down is definitely worth a listen to this Christmas season!
6. Salt Of The Sound - Waiting For The Dawn (Genre: Electronic /
For The Dawn is our first Advent / Christmas EP and centers
around the theme of light, which is echoed in different ways across
all of the songs, and features heavily in the Advent traditions of
Nordic countries. The EP combines these Scandinavian influences with
an focus on natural soundscapes, as well as featuring the unique
blend of electronic synths, subtle vocal harmonies, and thoughtful
lyrical messages that have been a feature of previous releases.
And rumor has it that Salt Of The Sound are set to release a new
advent EP in 2019 - you heard it here first!
NEW FOR 2018! 7.
Matt Maher -
The Advent Christmas (Genre: Worship)
Maher releases his first Christmas album in 2018 and the stand
out track is definitely his version of Atlantan Chris Tomlin's He
Shall Reign Forever More. Other notable tracks include his
reworking of his previously released Glory (Let There Be Peace.'
Includes Always Carry You featuring Amy Grant. At
the same time, Matt also releases a Christmas children's book with
the same title.
8. Audrey Assad - Winter
Genre: Alternative / Ambient
Assad's original song Winter Snow changes the pace of our
hectic modern day Christmas and allows us to reflect on the gentle
way in which He came "Falling from the sky in the night to the earth
below". This release comes alongside another track: Midwinter
- her take on In The Bleak Midwinter and while Audrey is yet
to make a full Christmas album for us, we can always hope and enjoy
these winter offerings in the mean time.
9. Casting Crowns -
It's Finally Christmas (Genre: CCM)
It's been 9
years since Atlanta's Casting Crowns gave us their first
Christmas Album - Peace On Earth - and that album remains a
seasonal favorite in our household. So the announcement that they
would give us a new Christmas release came as exciting news, but
they also had a lot to live up to. We love the worshipful remaking
of What Child Is This (Christ The King, and the personal and
hope-giving Somewhere In Your Silent Night - which echoes
some of their older releases which remain favorites in our hearts.
10. Future of Forestry -
Advent-Christmas EP, Vol 3 (Genre: Alternative
If you are
after something a little bit different this year, then you must
check out the latest Christmas EP from Future of Forestry. Unique
and distinctive instrumentation are blended with vocal harmonies and
in such a way that this Christmas EP creates a real sense of
reverence during this advent season. Following on from their first
two advent EPs, Volume 3 really achieves what it set out to: to
glorify and honor God through music during this joyous and holy
11. Sara Groves -
O Holy Night (Genre: Singer / Songwriter)
Released in 2008, this album is not new on the Christian Christmas
music scene but it is one of the few original Christmas albums out
there and continues to hold its own when it comes to Christian
Christmas music. From beautiful re-workings of old Christmas
favorites to Sara Groves' own down-to-earth songs including the
heartfelt To be with you and the
slightly-crazy-but-everyone-can-relate-to-this Toy packaging.
There is something for everyone on this album.
12. For King & Country -
Into the Silent Night (EP) (Genre: CCM)
This four track EP, released in 2013 by For King & Country, delivers
everything you would expect from this band with big sounds
developing from well orchestrated arrangements. Their original song
Baby Boy is worth a listen, as are the other three songs on this
NEW FOR 2018 13. Hillsong Worship -
The Peace Project (Deluxe) (Worship)
Hillsong Worship are not the only Christian artist to release a
deluxe version of their Christmas album in 2018. Containing several reimagined and instrumental versions of nearly every track, they
provide us with some interesting contemporary versions of Christmas
classics and worship songs for the church. We particularly like
their version of Silent Night.
14. Various Artists -
Christmas: Joy to the World (Genre: Various)
This short compilation album by Centricity Music stand-out original
Christmas tunes including Dove Award Winner Lauren Daigle's original
version of Light of the World. Also noteworthy on this album is
Unspoken's rendition of the Spanish Christmas Song Feliz Navidad
as you have never heard it before - this one is definitely worth a
listen this Christmas.
15. Bryan & Katie Torwalt -
Christmas (Genre: Worship)
This 2017 4-track EP is the first we have heard from the duo in a
Christmas setting and while short, they create beautiful renditions
of classics including It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.
The final track Emmanuel (God With Us) is the only original song on
the album and it is more in keeping with the worship sound we know
them for. This concise EP is a great offering for this and many more
Christmas seasons to come!
16. Donnie McClurkin -
Hark The Herald Angels Sing (Genre: Gospel)
Without a doubt, this is my favorite version of this song! Donnie McClurkin
brings to life this traditional carol through his soulful
gospel version. The use of saxophone and Hark the Herald choral
reprise at the end of the track are just magic to the ears. Whatever
your preconceptions or thoughts of this song - you need to give this
one a go!
17. Cathy Burton -
In The Bleak of MidWinter
(All I Can Do( (Genre: Acoustic)
All I Can Do is a reworked version of In the Bleak Midwinter. It
was released in association with Home For Good, which is a UK-based
charity that seeks to find homes for all children, in a world where
thousands of refugee children face displacement and homelessness.
The song reminds us of an often overlooked aspect of the Christmas
story: the Jesus himself was a child refugee and through this
reminder, urges us to respond.
18. Casting Crowns -
Peace On Earth (Genre: Worship)
Released in 2008, this is another Christian Christmas album which is
beginning to stand the test of time despite the band having since
released another Christmas album. Atlanta-based Casting Crowns have firmly put
their stamp on this selection of Christmas worship songs.
Beautifully arranged and executed, the Casting Crowns Christmas
album is undoubtedly one which will be around in households across
the globe for many Christmases to come.
(From saltofthesound.com) -
Best New Secular Christmas
Music For 2018
Various artists, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch (Original Motion Picture
Martina McBride, It's the Holiday Season
David Archuleta, Winter in the Air
Pentatonix - Christmas Is Here
Gwen Stefani, You Make It Feel Like Christmas (Deluxe Edition)
John Legend - A Legendary Christmas
Songbird: Voices of Christmas
The Monkees, Christmas Party
Nat "King" Cole, The Christmas Song (Expanded Edition)
Eric Clapton, Happy Xmas
An Aaron Watson Family Christmas
William Shatner, Shatner Claus
PJ Morton, Christmas with PJ Morton
Various Artists -
NOW That's What I Call Merry Christmas
Jess & Gabriel - I'll Be Home
Ingrid Michaelson's Songs For The Season