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Christmas Album Roundup

December 23, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Christmas music, you might have noticed, is a big deal. It’s also, historically, been a bit of a cash cow for record companies. Bing Crosby and Elvis, Susan Boyle and Josh Groban, along with hundreds of other artists, have all tried their hand at singing Christmas songs. Here are the 12 best-selling Christmas albums in the U.S., based on their RIAA certification.

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1. Elvis Presley – Elvis’ Christmas (1970 reissue of 1957 album, Diamond certified)

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2. Kenny G – Miracles: the Holiday Album (1994, 8x Platinum)

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3. Various Artists – Now That’s What I Call Christmas Music! (2001, 6x Platinum)

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4. Mannheim Steamroller – A Fresh Aire Christmas (1998, 6x Platinum)

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5. Mannheim Steamroller – Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (1984, 6x Platinum)

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6. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song (1963, 6x Platinum, Originally released as The Magic of Christmas)

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7. Josh Groban – Noel (2007, 5x Platinum)

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8. Celene Dion – These Are Special Times (1998, 5x Platinum)

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9. Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas (1994, 5x Platinum)

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10. Barbra Streisand – A Christmas Album (1967, 5x Platinum)

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11. Johnny Mathis – Merry Christmas (1958, 5x Platinum)

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12. Bing Crosby – White Christmas (1945, 4x Platinum, Originally titled Merry Christmas)

Bonus: The best-selling Christmas single of all-time, selling over 50 million copies worldwide, is…you guessed it, Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.”
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