Whether you’re a fan of crooners or carolers, divas or bluesmen, there’s a Christmas album to stuff the stocking of every holiday music type this season.
The British belter brings plenty of “Bang Bang” to such holiday chestnuts as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.” But she also sprinkles this seasonal set with some lesser-known fare (a brassy “Man With the Bag”) and the original title tune, which she takes to church with a gospel choir. Meanwhile, JJ also receives soulful support from Boyz II Men (“Winter Wonderland”) and Babyface (“The Christmas Song”).
The R&B crooner puts the “Legend” in “A Legendary Christmas” with six of his own originals, including the bopping “Bring Me Love” (co-written with Meghan Trainor) and the piano-man ballad “Waiting for Christmas” (co-written with Raphael Saadiq). You can catch the EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winner making merry live when his “A Legendary Christmas” Tour parks its sleigh at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on Monday.
The guitar god got so much into the Christmas spirit for his first-ever holiday LP that he even did his own Santa illustration for the album cover. But despite yuletide gaiety such as “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” everything’s not jolly here: The “Tears in Heaven” singer starts crying “Christmas Tears” on one highlight. And he dedicates an electronica-infused rendition of “Jingle Bells“ to the late EDM star Avicii.