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Now That's What I Call Christmas!

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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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 3:26Album Only
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 (Remastered)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


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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?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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,865 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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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great mixture of old, new and somewhat rare 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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Who's Who in the Holiday Season...Then & Now! 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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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Stocking Stuffer 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Tis The Season 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Now Christmas CD's!!
Loved it then, still do. Great CD, great compilation of music and artists classic and newer. Will use for many years.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Christmas meets modern.
If you're like me and LOVE Christmas music but get really tired of the same old stuff and are sick of hearing Jingle Bells this CD is great! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alexa Scoffield
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful memory filled songs of the season
I listened to this album several times over the season. Including Christmas morning, while decorating the tree and even driving around looking at lights and decor. Read more
Published 1 month ago by andi
5.0 out of 5 stars All in one Christmas CD
This captures all time favorites! Loved putting this on to get the house decorated and in the spirit, A must have for your collection!
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Hester
5.0 out of 5 stars Best selection of music
I have quite a collection of Christmas CD's. This double CD set is the one set that seems to be the family favorite. This includes my 20+ year old sons as well as my husband. Read more
Published 2 months ago by mafarmer
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
loved every artist on it, especially Bruce. I'd been NEEDING this CD for a long time. So glad to finally have it
Published 2 months ago by Robin E Hansen
3.0 out of 5 stars Two CD's only one worth it.
Disc one was great, the second disc had one or two, ok maybe three or four good Christmas songs on it. A better CD can be had with good old real Christmas music on it.
Published 3 months ago by Tom D
4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection
Almost every song is the best, or a very good version of it, something you can put on, and just let play.
Published 3 months ago by Nelson Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this compilation!
I only bought this cd for the English artists' "Do They Know It's Christmas" piece that I couldn't find anywhere else. but the whole two-disk set is an incredible bonus! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Libanez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Holiday CD
Highly recommend for anyone who wants a variety of genres and music for Christmas. The David Bowie / Bing Crosby Drummer Boy is our absolute favorite.
Published 3 months ago by Susan Almon Pesch
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