Best-Selling Christmas Albums

atkins-bookshelf-musicWhen it comes to Christmas music, no music artist can beat the two abominable snowmen of the wintertime tunes: Mannheim Steamroller (based in Omaha, Nebraska), and Trans-Siberian Orchestra (based in New York City). Including just their albums that appear in the top 25 list of best-selling Christmas albums, these two bands have sold more than 20.9 million albums. Can I get a “Hallelujah”?

Since 2001, the Nielson Company has tracked the sales of albums for Billboard, an American music magazine, to determine the best-selling albums. Over the decades, the list has changed as traditional favorites, like Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis, and even the King himself, have been bumped out of the top ten list by new musical artists. Most of the albums were recorded beginning in the mid 1990s; however, the Vince Guaraldi Trio from the 1960s is still showing these newcomers that they still have their magical Christmas mojo. Here is the list of the top ten best-selling Christmas albums (artist, followed by title of album, year of release, and number of units sold):

Kenny G: Miracles: The Holiday Album, 1994 (7.2 million)
Josh Groban: Noël, 2007 (5.5 million)
Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas, 1994 (5.2 million)
Celine Dion: These Are Special Times, 1998 (5.2 million)
Mannheim Steamroller: Christmas in the Aire, 1995 (3.7 million)
Mannheim Steamroller: A Fresh Aire Christmas, 1988 (3.6 million)
Mannheim Steamroller: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, 1984 (3.4 million)
Various Artists: Now That’s What I Call Christmas!, 2001 (3.4 million)
Trans-Siberian Orchestra: Christmas Eve and Other Stories, 1996 (3.3 million)
Vince Guaraldi Trio: A Charlie Brown Christmas, 1965 (3.2 million)
Harry Connick, Jr.: When My Heart Finds Christmas, 1993 (3.1 million)

For further reading: The Best Christmas Songs
Green Christmas?
Origin of the Name Scrooge

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One response to “Best-Selling Christmas Albums

  • Duffy Price

    Love your references to Manheim Steamroller, et al.

    On NPR, I heard the leader provide an outstanding historical perspective of why the date of 12/25 became Christmas.

    Merry Christmas, Duffy

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