Thanksgiving is over. Nobody can give you a dirty look for playing Christmas music now.
And that’s great news, because there is a lot of awesome (and free) Christmas music waiting for you on Freegal.
Freegal is one of the MPL’s digital services, which lets you download DRM-free mp3s of your favorite songs. Moreover, once you download a song, you can keep the mp3 forever. Put it on your phone, your computer, your iPod–wherever you want. It’s yours.
And if you prefer to stream music, you can do that too!
If you have a Mentor Public Library card, you can download five songs for free every week, and there’s no limit to how many songs you can stream.
So here are just a smattering of your seasonal choices.
Everyone’s favorite a capella quintet went back to the well after the success of That’s Christmas to Me. But that’s all right, because it turns out this well is plenty deep. The standout is their cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” but whomever thought to team Pentatonix with Manhattan Transfer for a cover of “White Christmas” deserves a raise.
Mandatory holiday listening, if only for “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
The Piano Guys have a knack for creating music that’s catchy and innovative while still recognizable as classical.
Andrew Ridgely. You were just trying to remember the other guy’s name. It’s Andrew Ridgely.
The rare compilation that’s not exaggerating when it claims to contain superstars. Mariah Carey, Frank Sinatra, Cyndi Lauper, Placido Domingo, Michael Bolton, Gloria Estefan and Barbra Streisand are all on this eclectic guest list.
What’s a Cleveland Christmas party without a little polka?
With all due respect to Kurtis Blow, Run-DMC’s “Christmas in Hollis” is the most important hip-hop holiday song ever.
Because it’s not Christmas until Zooey Deschanel sings “A Marshmallow World.”
It’s like listening to a Christmas album from Jasmine and Mulan.
Yes, it’s John Denver, so there’s some schmaltz, but he also sings, “Please Daddy (Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas.”)
11. Kelly Clarkson, Wrapped in Red
Clarkson has the voice to make a new cover of Run, Run Rudolph worthwhile.
12. Harry Belafonte, Christmas
Belafonte could sing about muddy slush and it would still sound great with his voice.
13. Dolly Parton, Home for Christmas
As a general rule, we love Dolly. This is doubly true during the holidays.
14. Ukulele Christmas
This album’s for all the people who loved Israel Kamakawiwo`ole’s version of Over the Rainbow. And, no, these standards aren’t performed by IZ, but they have that same combination of earnestness and sweetness.
Personal favorite: Auld Lang Syne, but you might also like the Over the Rainbow/We Wish You a Merry Christmas medley.
15. Kirk Franklin, Christmas
If you need some gospel music this time of year, Kirk Franklin and the Family have you covered. Standards like Go Tell It on the Mountain and O Come All Ye Faithful sound sweeter than ever.
16. Harry Connick Jr., When my Heart Finds Christmas
Connick has a lot of Christmas albums in his discography. This one’s our favorite but they are all available on Freegal. Personal favorite: I Pray on Christmas.
17. Parranda All-Stars: Navidad
There’s a lot more to Latin Christmas music than Feliz Navidad. This album is a good place to start.
18. NSYNC, Home for Christmas
If you bought the CD or even *gasp* the cassette when you were in middle school, here’s a chance to update your medium for free.
19. Glee Cast, Blue Christmas
If you don’t like Glee…
20. Elvis, The Classic Christmas Album
Freegal has the Elvis version of Blue Christmas too.
This album is one part chaos, one part saccharine. The anarchy saves the schmaltz and vice-versa.
Only Lynn could pull off a tune called “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus.”
Any of the kids who enjoyed the Pentatonix album atop this list owe it to themselves to check out The Manhattan Transfer, who were (in many ways) the progenitor of Pentatonix’s style.
We love Johnny Cash, because he still scowls on the cover of his Christmas album.
Not to be confused with Christmas Rap.
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