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Now That's What I Call Christmas! [Universal]

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From Nat "King" Cole's classic rendition of "The Christmas Song" to Britney Spears's "My Only Wish (This Year)," this two-disc collection of holiday songs has something for everyone.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Now series is known for crossing the boundaries of record labels in its attempt to provide definitive collections of hits -- usually from contemporary hits, but also of different eras and styles from the past at least in its U.K. incarnation. Thankfully, the double-disc, 36-track collection Now That's What I Call Christmas! lives up to the series' reputation by collecting an abundance of pop holiday classics, from Bing ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
From Nat "King" Cole's classic rendition of "The Christmas Song" to Britney Spears's "My Only Wish (This Year)," this two-disc collection of holiday songs has something for everyone.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Now series is known for crossing the boundaries of record labels in its attempt to provide definitive collections of hits -- usually from contemporary hits, but also of different eras and styles from the past at least in its U.K. incarnation. Thankfully, the double-disc, 36-track collection Now That's What I Call Christmas! lives up to the series' reputation by collecting an abundance of pop holiday classics, from Bing Crosby "White Christmas" and Nat "King" Cole "The Christmas Song Merry Christmas to You" to Britney Spears "My Only Wish This Year" and Boyz II Men "Silent Night". While it's true that the modern material doesn't quite live up to songs that are proven perennials -- after all, they simply haven't had the time to become part of the national play list -- this is still a very impressive collection because it does hit almost all of the familiar radio staples while providing some good modern-day cuts. That doesn't mean that it's a perfect collection or that everybody will like every cut -- and yes, that's true with newer entries by Michael Bolton and the Big Yard Family, but with each year, I grow more baffled by the success of "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" and how it seems to get more annoying with each Christmas must be the magic of the season -- but anything that has Elvis' "Blue Christmas," Sinatra's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," Dino's "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Perry Como's "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays," Johnny Mathis' "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas," Gene Autry's "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," Bobby Helms' "Jingle Bell Rock," the Beach Boys' "Little Saint Nick," Lennon's "Happy Xmas War Is Over," McCartney's "Wonderful Christmastime," Bruce Springsteen's "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," and Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" is likely to find a welcome place in almost every listener's holiday collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Utv Records
  • UPC: 731458562023
  • Catalog Number: 585620
  • Sales rank: 639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole (3:09)
  2. 2 White Christmas - Bing Crosby (2:57)
  3. 3 Blue Christmas (2:07)
  4. 4 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Frank Sinatra (3:27)
  5. 5 Winter Wonderland - Tony Bennett (2:13)
  6. 6 Sleigh Ride - Ella Fitzgerald (2:56)
  7. 7 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1:56)
  8. 8 (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays (2:51)
  9. 9 The Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Johnny Mathis (2:45)
  10. 10 A Holly Jolly Christmas (2:13)
  11. 11 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (3:12)
  12. 12 Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer (3:27)
  13. 13 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree (2:05)
  14. 14 Jingle Bell Rock (2:09)
  15. 15 Little Saint Nick (2:08)
  16. 16 Merry Christmas Darling - Carpenters (3:05)
  17. 17 Christmas Collage (3:33)
  18. 18 Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy - David Bowie (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (3:32)
  2. 2 Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen (4:25)
  3. 3 Do They Know It's Christmas? (3:40)
  4. 4 A Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney (3:45)
  5. 5 Our Love Is Like a Holiday (3:16)
  6. 6 (It Must Have Been Ol') Santa Claus (4:37)
  7. 7 Jingle Bells (2:11)
  8. 8 Away in a Manger (3:18)
  9. 9 Deck the Halls - Ottmar Liebert (3:06)
  10. 10 Love on Layaway - Gloria Estefan (4:26)
  11. 11 Don't Save It All for Christmas Day (4:35)
  12. 12 This Christmas - Joe (3:05)
  13. 13 Special Gift (3:57)
  14. 14 All We Need Is Love (Christmas in the Yard) - Big Yard Family (3:58)
  15. 15 My Only Wish (This Year) (4:15)
  16. 16 You Don't Have to Be Alone (On Christmas) - 'N Sync (4:32)
  17. 17 O Come All Ye Faithful (4:17)
  18. 18 Silent Night (2:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gene Autry Track Performer
Kathy Mattea Track Performer
Burl Ives Track Performer
Ottmar Liebert Track Performer
Mannheim Steamroller Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Harry Connick Jr. Track Performer
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Dean Martin Track Performer
Johnny Mathis Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
The Beach Boys Track Performer
Michael Bolton Track Performer
David Bowie Track Performer
Boyz II Men Track Performer
Carpenters Track Performer
Celine Dion Track Performer
Gloria Estefan Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Paul McCartney Track Performer
Elvis Presley Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen Track Performer
Luther Vandross Track Performer
Tony Bennett Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Track Performer
Bobby Helms Track Performer
Elmo & Patsy Track Performer
Nat King Cole Track Performer
Brenda Lee Track Performer
Diana Krall Track Performer
Shaggy Track Performer
Band Aid Track Performer
'N Sync Track Performer
Britney Spears Track Performer
John Lennon & Yoko Ono Track Performer
Plastic Ono Band Track Performer
Technical Credits
Celine Dion Composer
Donny Hathaway Composer
Rick Wake Composer
Peter Zizzo Composer
Hathaway McKinnor Composer
Traditional Composer
Brian Kierulf Composer
Josh Schwartz Composer
James Pierpont Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Christmas Mix!

    This is the second copy I have purchased of this cd. My first copy was lost when my daughters used it for a school project. The artists and songs are all fond memories for those who came of age in the 70s and 80s.<BR/>I bought this cd mainly for the David Bowie/Bing Crosby duet. If you've never heard Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy you need to give it a listen. This has become a family favorite at Christmas. If you love contemporary and traditional Christmas songs this is a good cd to get.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Forget the rest, this is the best.

    This is the absolute best collection of pop Christmas songs in one collection. You've got Lennon, McCartney, and the very rare,"Do They Know it's Christmas?"-you're all set. Now that's what I call Christmas.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    Whoever wrote the two star review has no idea what they're talking about! Britney Spears and all them don't even know how to sing. These people will never be too 'old'. These are the classics everybody! I listened to the new people singing these songs. AWFUL! Buy this CD!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME COLLECTION!,

    I love this set! It covers so many of the classic tunes by such great artists. The only artist that is missing from this set is Donna Summer. She has a great Christmas CD called Christmas Spirit and it is truly a warm, wonderful Christmas set. Either way, you'll love both of these sets. Another great set is the Rosie ODonnell Another Rosie Christmas.......Check them out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now That's What I Call Christmas Music!!!!!!!!

    I think this is such a good CD and I think it is good for the holidays... But i think they have a lot of old people singing and I thinking it was going to have more new people singing like Britney Spears. It's still a good CD though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Christmas CD to Have

    I just got this CD and it is one of the best CD's out there! This is the Christmas CDs to have in your collection!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Now that's what i call Chiristmas ROCKS !!!!!!

    The CD is great. The first song You should listen to is Jingle Bell Rock. I recommend You will like it. Even love it. The CD has 2 CDS Featuring Winter Wonderland,Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town,Jingle Bell Rock,Jingle Bells,Deck The Halls and a lot more. I really like it So You Should to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT Christmas CD!

    The classics are the best. The junk these days is NOT, I repeat NOT!!! music, it is manufactured, fake garbage. I am 17 and I've always loved old music, when it was REAL and the musicians actually had talent. Britney Spears does not sing, she moans and scoops all the notes. It takes no talent to do that. Whoever said that this CD is too old needs to grow up (the "PUH-LEEZE!" makes them sound about 8 years old) and realize good music when they hear it. Anyway, enough ranting...GREAT CD! I especially loved the John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs. These old classics...I honestly think of them as the way all those Christmas songs SHOULD be. Oh and I adored Elvis' Blue Christmas! This is just an awesome CD all-around. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Ho Ho Ho - the Best!!!!!

    it was a very very very good 2cd ( except 4 britany spears, nsuck, and shaggy)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    now thats what i call christmas

    i like to say i have herd this cd at barns nobel.and i loved it.i loved singing love on layaway by glria estefan.i felt like i was in the carribian just becaue theway the sounds were in her song.i allso loved do they know its chritmas time at all bye band aid.its one of my favorit songs.i love the entire cd it has meaning to christmas time.time for joy to love one another.spending time with your family that you love.singing chritmas songs.celebrating jesus birthday.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Next Great Christmas Classic

    This CD is definitely a must-have. Disc 1 is a great compilation of all the classics, while disc 2 features some of the 'newer' talents. I, too, disagree with the 2 star review--obviously someone with absolutely no taste in good music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Annoying Reviews

    Ok, ''these people are too OLD!'' is just ignorant!! Britney Spears singing Christmas songs? maybe a few, but that doesn't make a good classic CD. Obviously this person does not know good music. I am 19, and grew up with all of the songs on disc one, and prefer all of them to the newer ones on disc two!! How annoying that people can have such bad taste and then have the gall to write about it, even going so far as to say Britney can even be in the same group as people like Elvis an Burl Ives as far as Christmas music or any music goes. She cannot hold a candle to them, and in 20 years, not ONE person will be complaining about Britney Spears being ''too OLD'' of a singer on a Christmas CD because no one will have even heard of her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Christmas Compilation

    At last a Christmas CD that features artists who REALLY can sing. Thank God they did not include the newer generation of 'stars' e.g. Britney Spears etc. To have them all on one CD is GREAT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    too old?

    This cd was exactly what I was looking for, in fact, I was a little put off that they put N*sync and Brittney Spears in it... I'm only 20 too, so if you think that this cd is too old for you, then you must be a teen bopper... the classics are the best!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Memories

    While only being 24 years old, I disagree that the songs are too old. The first CD is just full of all the classics from my childhood. This CD should put a smile on your face. The 2nd CD has the newer hits from the current generation of artists. Great for parties as it has a little bit of everything for everybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something for Everyone

    I must take exception with the 2 star review on this page. There is something for everyone on this wondeful Christmas CD. Unlike Brittany Spears some of these artists have stood the test of time and actually have talent! Elvis, Frank, Dino, and especially Nat King Cole really bring back the memories!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some like it old, Some like it new

    The CD was filled with lots holiday spirit. Some of the songs had new artists while the others re-introduced older artists. I like it because all of the songs were still the same wonderful holiday songs. This is a good CD no matter how old or new the artists are.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only holiday cd you'll need

    This cd is fantastic! All the old classic Christmas songs appear on disc one, with many of the more modern favorites on disc two. If you only buy one Christmas cd to play throughout the holidays, buy this one. You can't miss!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Collection of Christmas Music

    I just bought this collection. It contains 2 CD's. The first one has some songs I have always liked but did not have a copy of, like Brenda Lee's ''Rockin Around The Christmas Tree'' and Bing Crosby's ''White Christmas.'' It also has songs done by artists like Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis. It even has that song, ''Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!'' The second CD is good, but it has stuff from newer artists. That is why I gave this title a 4. However, it is worth the money, and I'm glad I bought it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What,....no 'Dominik the Donkey'

    Good variety on this CD but missing Lou Monte singing 'Dominik the Donkey'

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