Since I made one of these posts for Halloween, how could I not make one for my favourite holiday: Christmas!
I find this to be the best time of year when it comes to seasonal music. There are just so many songs, artists and shows to listen to! Like my Halloween post I’m going to include a list of cast recordings and full albums followed by a playlist of individual songs. These lists will branch out from just the world of cast recordings. Yes, there will be Christmas themed shows and Christmas themed songs from shows, but I’m also including the solo work of Broadway stars and the Broadway Cares Carols for a Cure albums that are released each year.
If you’re looking for some tunes to go with the season why not check these out for your holiday listening pleasure!
Some of these are annual favourites, others I haven’t actually listened to and some I’ve just heard in part, but they are all fitting for the season and I thought they’d be worth sharing in this post!
- Elf: The Musical
- A Christmas Story
- Make the Season Bright– Matt Doyle
- A Merry Little Christmas- Megan Hilty
- Simply Christmas– Leslie Odom Jr.
- Auld Lang Syne- Brittain Ashford
- Noël– Josh Groban (hey, he’s a Broadway star now!)
- The Norm Lewis Christmas Album– Norm Lewis- I haven’t listened to this one much yet, but how can you go wrong with Norm Lewis?!
- All of the Carols for a Cure Albums (1999-2018)- I haven’t heard this year’s album yet but I’m looking forward to giving it a listen! I love the variety of song you get on these albums as they include a mix of traditional Christmas carols/songs sung traditionally, traditional carols/song sung untraditionally and original holiday songs. I particularly like the ones that use music from the show with a more traditional carol (If/Then and American Idiot both did good songs like this)
- BONUS: Nativity- This is one of my favourite Christmas movies. Martin Freeman plays a teacher who is put in charge of the school Nativity play and with a ridiculous teaching assistant, lies that get out of hand, and some catchy songs, it makes for a very entertaining movie and I highly recommend checking out the songs from the movie. However, making it even more appropriate for this list, the movie was also recently turned into a stage musical in the UK and the cast recording is definitely on my “to be listened to” list!
For this playlist I’ll try to limit it to a few songs per album, with a possible exception for Carols for a Cure songs and there will likely be some repeat songs on the list- there are just so many good versions of some songs, but again I will try to keep duplicates to a minimum.
- “Little Drummer Boy”- If/Then cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 16
- “All I Want 4 Xmas (Freakin’ b’way Show)- Shrek cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 11 (one of the most accurate Christmas songs)
- “Twelves Days to Christmas”- She Loves Me
- “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”- Newsies cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 14
- “Sparklejollytwinklejingly”- Elf: The Musical
- “Do You Hear What I Hear”- American Idiot cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 12
- “O Holy Night”- Matt Doyle
- “One Star”- Les Mis cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 17
- “What Child Is This”- Josh Groban
- “Go Tell It On the Mountain”- First Date cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 15
- “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”- Orfeh
- “Joy to the World”- Hamilton cast- Carols for a Cure Vol.17
- “A New Deal For Christmas”- Annie
- “The Holly and the Ivy”- Wicked cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 15
- “There’s Always Tomorrow”- Megan Hilty
- “Love Is Christmas”- Waitress cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 18
- “In the Bleak Midwinter”- Matt Doyle feat. Nicolette Robinson
- “What Child Is This”- Spring Awakening cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 9
- “Winter Song”- Leslie Odom Jr.
- “O Little Town of Bethlehem”- Spamalot cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 8
- “Christmas Is My Favourite Time of Year”- Catch Me If You Can
- “My Love Brought Me Summer on a Grey Winter’s Day”- Beautiful cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 18
- “Santa Baby”- Megan Hilty
- “I Saw Three Ships”- Les Mis cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 16
- “Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy”- Lion King cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 11
- “Christmas Song”- Elf: The Musical
- “I Can See the Light”- Hamilton cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 18
- “River”- Matt Doyle
- “First Noel”- Leslie Odom Jr.
- “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”- Rock of Ages cast- Carols for a Cure Vol. 13
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday season (whatever you celebrate)!