It's not Bing Crosby

cornucopia_packshotby the ESA staff

We love the Christmas classics by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, etc. But we also like to hear the gospel (and other Christmas tunes, new and old) sung by other folks, so we polled the staff and came up with our top 15 alternative Christmas albums (in no particular order). We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! (We've tried to include links where you can sample the songs. Please support these terrific artists by buying their music.)

1. Annie Lennox: A Christmas Cornucopia

2. Over the Rhine: Snow Angel

3. Blind Boys of Alabama: Go Tell It On the Mountain

4. Bob Dylan: Christmas in the Heart

5. Bruce Cockburn: Christmas

6. Sufjan Stevens: Songs for Christmas

7. BiFrost Arts: Salvation Is Created

8. To Kate: A Benefit for Kate's Sake (a compilation including Buddy and Julie Miller, Steve Earle, Raul Malo, etc.)

9. Bill Mallonee: Yonder Shines the Infant Light

10. Blue Christmas (with songs from blues and R&B masters)

11. Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer: American Noel 

12. New York Latvian Concert Choir: Christmas Joy in Latvia/Latvian Christmas Cantatas

13. Lynne Jackson & Mike Palter, Christmas In Your Heart (check out especially "Thunder Below"!)

14. Mahalia Jackson: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas!

15. Rosie Thomas: A Very Rosie Christmas!

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