Holiday albums have existed since at least 1945, when Bing Crosby released “Merry Christmas,” a collection of 8 Christmas songs for Decca Records. Since then, countless popular music artists have released full holiday albums to share their love of the sounds of the season… or simply to satisfy a record contract, or pay their mortgages. It’s a Christmas miracle! There have been dozens of iconic holiday albums released since Bing’s nearly 80 years ago. And now, the Great Pop Culture Debate podcast wants to determine: what IS the best holiday album of all time?

Join Eric Rezsnyak, Derek Mekita, Jake Pitochelli, and Jonny Minogue as they debate 16 of their favorite holiday albums, ultimately naming the best of all time.

Did your favorite not make the bracket? Become a Patreon supporter of the podcast and see if we discussed it in our warm-up devoted to our favorite holiday albums that just missed out on the competition.

The Round 1 match-ups are:

Match-Up 1: “Merry Christmas” by Mariah Carey (1) vs. “A John Waters Christmas” (4)

Match-Up 2: “This Christmas” by Aretha Franklin (3) vs. “White Christmas” by Bing Crosby (2)

Match-Up 3: “Wrapped in Red” by Kelly Clarkson (1) vs. “The Andy Williams Christmas Album” by Andy Williams (4)

Match-Up 4: “The Christmas Attic” by Trans-Siberian Orchestra (3) vs. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” by Vince Guaraldi Trio (2)

Match-Up 5: “A Very Special Christmas” by Various Artists (1) vs. “Rocky Mountain Christmas” by John Denver (4)

Match-Up 6: “A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector” (3) vs. “The Jackson 5 Christmas Album” by Jackson 5 (2)

Match-Up 7: “Christmas Portrait” by Carpenters (1) vs. “Kylie Christmas” by Kylie Minogue (4)

Match-Up 8: “The Kacey Musgraves Christmas Show” (3) vs. “Home for Christmas” by Amy Grant (2)

Want to play along at home?

Download the listener bracket and see if your picks match up with ours!

Looking for more related content?

Check out these other episodes from Great Pop Culture Debate:

Best Contemporary Holiday Pop Song (1980-Present)

Best Classic Holiday Song (pre-1979)

Best Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon

Also make sure to check out Eric Rezsnyak’s Top 10 list of NEW holiday albums released in 2023.

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Host: Eric Rezsnyak

Panel: Derek Mekita, Jake Pitochelli, Jonny Minogue

Producer: Curtis Creekmore

Editor: Jeffery Perry

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