When Justin Bieber released his Christmas album back on the first of November, it seemed to inspire many artists to release holiday albums, EPs and singles before the end of 2011. One theme seems to carry through all of these tunes: being home for the holidays. Vote for your favorite!
AlbumsJustin Bieber – Under the Mistletoe
"Under the Mistletoe" has been the soundtrack of the season. From the breakout single "Mistletoe," to his "All I Want for Christmas Is You" duet with Mariah Carey, Justin has been ruling airwaves and department store speakers around the country. Move over Santa. This holiday season, don't just believe: Belieb. Click here to check it out.
Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2
After the popularity of their Christmas album last year, the Glee cast released a second volume of holiday tunes! In adition to the usual fabulous covers expected of "New Directions," the album features two original holiday songs, "Christmas Eve With You" and "Extraordinary Merry Christmas." Click here to check it out.
Michael Buble: Christmas
Beating out the Biebs, fellow Canadian Michael Bublé released his holiday album before October was even over. The album is still in the Top 10 most popular on iTunes. Featuring a duet of "White Christmas" with Shania Twain, the album is the perfect way to set a cozy mood when the weather outside is frightful. Click here to check it out.
She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
If you enjoy Zooey Deschanel's caroling in the newer Christmas classic "Elf," you'll love this likable holiday album that she and M. Ward put together, featuring a full rendition of "Baby It's Cold Outside." Click here to check it out.
Read what one of our editors thought of Zooey's holiday album here.
EPs for Good CausesThe Summer Set – "What Money Can't Buy" EP, Proceeds to Toys for Tots
The Summer Set is donating all proceeds of "What Money Can't Buy," a collection of three original Christmas songs, to the Toys for Tots Foundation. According to the band, "All too often people get caught up in materialistic things as every billboard and TV commercial are telling you what you "need," when the truth is, you don't actually need any of it. It's not important. The people you love are what really matter." Pick up the EP here, enjoy the new music and feel good about donating to a great cause.
The Killers - (RED) Christmas EP
All proceeds from the sale of individual tracks and the EP are donated to the Global fund, the recipient of (RED), to help fight AIDS. Since 2006, The Killers have released an annual Christmas single to benefit (RED). This EP includes all five previous tracks, plus a this year's song, "The Cowboy's Christmas Ball." Click here to check it out.
Holiday SinglesMindless Behavior – Christmas With My Girl
One of 2011's most popular young rap and R&B groups released this original Christmas song, "Christmas With My Girl." Cambio was behind the scenes of the snow fight filled music video. Buy the video here.
Allstar Weekend – Christmas Kisses
Allstar Weekend doesn't need to skirt around the subject with images of mistletoe (even though they do mention growing their own) and calling girls "shawty." They want to kiss you this Christmas, baby. Put on your snowflake sweater, pop in a little Christmas movie and pucker up!
Forever the Sickest Kids – Mistletoe is for Quitters
Long distance relationships can be tough, especially around the holidays. Feel as though you can relate and enjoy the pop rock catchy melodies typical of FTSK? This song is for you. "I'll be home for Christmas, You can count on me, I'll be home for Christmas, If only in my dreams, it's you and me." Click here to check it out.
Sara Bareilles - Love Is Christmas
Sara Bareilles, who just finished up judging the latest season of The Sing-Off, released this heartfelt holiday ballad. "Love is not a toy, and no paper will conceal it. Love is simply joy that I'm home." Click here to check it out.
Action Item – Winter Rolls Around
The Jersey boys in Action Item released their first original holiday song this year, "Winter Rolls Around." They also filmed a music video for the single at Berk's Christmas Tree lot in Pennsylvania. "And I can feel it coming over me, there's something in the air. Home is where my heart is waiting and I'm almost there." Click here to check it out.