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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)Nat King Cole 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. White ChristmasBing Crosby 2:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Blue ChristmasElvis Presley 2:08Album Only
listen  4. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Remastered)Frank Sinatra 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Winter WonderlandTony Bennett 2:13Album Only
listen  6. Sleigh RideElla Fitzgerald 2:57$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow (Capitol Version)Dean Martin 1:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. (There's No Place Like) Home For The HolidaysPerry Como 2:51Album Only
listen  9. The Most Wonderful Time Of The YearJohnny Mathis 2:45Album Only
listen10. A Holly Jolly Christmas (Single Version)Burl Ives 2:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Single Version)Gene Autry 3:13Album Only
listen12. Grandma Got Run Over By A ReindeerElmo & Patsy 3:27Album Only
listen13. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree (Single Version)Brenda Lee 2:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Jingle Bell Rock (Single Version)Bobby Helms 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Little Saint Nick (1998 Remastered)The Beach Boys 2:08Album Only
listen16. Merry Christmas Darling (Remix)Carpenters 3:05$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. Christmas CollageKathy Mattea 3:34Album Only
listen18. Little Drummer Boy/Peace On EarthDavid Bowie 2:36Album Only

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)Yoko Ono 3:32Album Only
listen  2. Santa Claus Is Comin' To TownBruce Springsteen 4:25Album Only
listen  3. Do They Know It's Christmas? (1984 Version)Band Aid 3:41Album Only
listen  4. Wonderful ChristmastimePaul McCartney 3:46Album Only
listen  5. Our Love Is Like A HolidayMichael Bolton 3:16Album Only
listen  6. (It Must Have Been Ol') Santa ClausHarry Connick Jr. 4:37Album Only
listen  7. Jingle BellsDiana Krall 2:11Album Only
listen  8. Away In A MangerMannheim Steamroller 3:18Album Only
listen  9. Deck The HallsOttmar Liebert 3:06Album Only
listen10. Love On LayawayGloria Estefan 4:25Album Only
listen11. Don't Save It All For Christmas DayCeline Dion 4:36Album Only
listen12. This ChristmasJOE 3:06Album Only
listen13. Special Gift [feat. Ronald Isley]The Isley Brothers 3:58Album Only
listen14. All We Need Is Love (Christmas In The Yard) [feat. Shaggy]The Big Yard Family 3:58Album Only
listen15. My Only Wish (This Year)Britney Spears 4:15Album Only
listen16. You Don't Have To Be Alone (On Christmas)'N Sync 4:33Album Only
listen17. O Come All Ye FaithfulLuther Vandross 4:17Album Only
listen18. Silent NightBoyz II Men 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: October 23, 2001
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI / Universal / Sony Music Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00005OLYC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The title doesn't lie, even if it does sounds like a hyperbolic pitch from an old late-night cable TV ad. With 36 tracks of various genres spread over two discs, Now That's What I Call Christmas might be the best, most eclectic "value-plus" holiday record ever released, assuming your tastes embrace crooners such as Cole, Crosby, and Como, plus contemporary boy bands such as Boyz II Men, as well as the ubiquitous Britney Spears.

In between there are the sumptuous classics by Bobby Helms, Brenda Lee, the Beach Boys, Elvis, and Burl Ives on disc one, balanced on disc two by more recent standards, including Bruce Springsteen's live version of "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" and John and Yoko's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)." You're not obligated to like everything here, but that's why Santa invented the forward button on your CD player. --Martin Keller

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I would highly recommend this CD set to anyone who truly loves Christmas music.
GREAT mixture of all the holiday classics by new and old artists.

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80 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Martin on October 25, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD is one of the best Christmas compilations I have found, as it collects an assortment of older and contemporary Christmas tunes, separated into two discs.
The song selection and disc split is pretty good. If you're entertaining the grandparents, put on the first disc; if you're trying to be hip and cool, put on the second disc. The first disc is primarily older classic Christmas songs, many of which are found on other compilations. The second disc contains contemporary Christmas songs, including instant classics.
Nearly all of the 36 songs have been previously released and are available elsewhere, but some of the songs are rather hard to find on CD. For instance, the Band Aid "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is on Midge Ure's Greatest Hits and an Import Christmas CD. It is otherwise difficult to obtain, as is Springsteen's classic version of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town."
The main style of music missing from these CDs, however, is the classic Motown sound - Christmas songs by Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, etc. (There are also some 80's Christmas classics not inlcuded, such as Bryan Adams' "Christmastime" and Hall & Oates version of "Jingle Bell Rock" - it would be difficult to have everything included, and those songs can be found elsewhere.)
The liner notes provide a brief explanation of each song, which is somewhat interesting but not always accurate. (For instance, the notes indicate that the Beach Boys have never recorded a Christmas album in their 40 year career - a search at Amazon reveals the 1964 Christmas Album, which has been repackaged and rereleased with extra tracks.)
Notwithstanding missing the classic Motown tracks, for the price of this CD (dollar amount), it can't be beat - there's a little something for everyone, young and old alike. If you're going to buy only one Christmas compilation, this is highly recommended.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Now where else can you find all this talent on just 36 tracks and 2-CD-Set that covers five decades of "Christmas Music"...from the popular "NOW" series from Universal Music, a decision was made to release some lesser known selections from top talent from the past and present...and you know what, it works!
To clarify my above statement, many artist/musicians have released Christmas albums, but no one has ever heard as many of them on one CD..."NOW" gives you this and more...36 artists from 36 different genres such as Country, R&B, Alternative Rock, New Age, Folk, Jazz, Comedy, Reggae, Easy Listening and of course "Classic Christmas" standards.
Must make mention of the stand outs ~ "MERRY CHRISTMAS DARLING"(Carpenters)..."LITTLE DRUMMER BOY/PEACE ON EARTH"(Bing Crosby/David Bowie)..."HAPPY CHRISTMAS(WAR IS OVER)"(John&Yoko)..."IT MUST HAVE BEEN OL' SANTA CLAUS"(Harry Connick Jr.)..."JINGLE BELLS"(Diana Krall)...and my personal favorite "AWAY IN THE MANAGER"(Mannheim Steamroller), you'll never come up with a better compilation for this time of the year.
Entire album will make your Holiday's a time to cherish...excellent opportunity to introduce the youngsters to some of the standard Christmas classics, and never a better time to familarize the older generation with the NOW generation!
Total 2-CD-Set ~ Universal Music 314-585-620-2 ~ (2001)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By paperbackriter VINE VOICE on November 30, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A remarkably low-priced two CD-set chock full of Christmas classics, "Now That's What I Call Christmas" is simply too good to pass up. The names read like a Who's Who of 20th Century Pop: Sinatra, Ella, Bing Crosby, Elvis, Lennon, Springsteen, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, the Beach Boys, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett and a host of others. The songs run the gamut from classic (Crosby's "White Christmas") to novelty (Elmo & Patsy's "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer") to flat-out fun (Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"). Disc One, loaded with classics, is the stronger of the two. However Disc Two, filled with more modern material, has its moments as well. Most notable are Springsteen's wonderfully gruff "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and Lennon's 1970 classic "Happy Christmas(War is Over)". Overall, you'd be hard pressed to find a better selection of Christmas music anywhere. It's all here -- from the crooners to the rockers. Truly a perfect stocking stuffer, I only wish this collection had been available years ago.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on November 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Now That's What I Call Christmas! offers a little bit of something for every musical tastes. The two disk set runs the gamut from Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald to Shaggy and Britney Spears. The set offers classic Christmas songs like the all-time standard "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole's "Christmas Song", Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree", Gene Autrey's "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" and "Let It Snow" by Dean Martin. Other well known songs include Bruce Springsteen's classic take on "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", the song that started the benefit song trend in the 80's, Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" which is still a powerful and beautiful song, the odd pairing of Bing Crosby and David Bowie on the beautiful "Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth", John Lennon's "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)", The Beach Boys' rollicking "Little St. Nick" and Paul McCartney's bright and cheery "Wonderful Christmas". Some lesser known songs standout like Diana Krall's sultry "Jungle Bells" and The Isley Brothers' "Special Gift". You can skip over such weak songs like the overplayed and inane "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer", Gloria Estefan's "Love On Layaway" and Michael Bolton's "Love Is A Holiday". As far as Christmas collections go, this one ranks right up near the top.
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