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Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums 2010

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Each year many new albums of Christmas music are released. This year's releases range from one of the top female pop artists of all time to a former American Idol runner-up. These are the 10 most eagerly awaited new pop Christmas albums for 2010.

1. Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You

Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You
Courtesy Island Def Jam

With 18 #1 hits, Mariah Carey is one of the most successful pop recording artists of all time. Her first Christmas collection, Merry Christmas, released in 1994, is one of the bestselling Christmas albums of all time. It has sold over five million copies and the song "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was the first holiday single to sell over one million digital copies. Merry Christmas II You includes the single "Oh Santa!"

In stores November 2, 2010.

2. Susan Boyle - The Gift

Susan Boyle - The Gift
Courtesy Syco

Susan Boyle was THE pop phenomenon of 2009. Her first album I Dreamed a Dream became an international sensation and the second best selling album of 2009 in the US. This new holiday collection also includes a version of Lou Reed's song "Perfect Day."

In stores November 9, 2010.

3. Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia

Annie Lennox - A Christmas Cornucopia
Courtesy Decca

Annie Lennox has had a phenomenally successful pop career as both vocalist for Eurythmics and as a solo artist. She says of her first holiday collection, "I've known these songs, these carols all my life, I've sung them since I was little. They're just in me. They're a huge part of my life. So it's not an arbitrary selection." The single "Universal Child" is being sold as a benefit for the Annie Lennox Foundation which has been established to help fight the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

In stores November 16, 2010.

4. Various Artists - Now That's What I Call Christmas! 4

Now That's What I Call Christmas! 4
Courtesy Capitol

The fourth holiday release from the venerable Now franchise features a brand new holiday recording from Rihanna titled "A Child Is Born." One disc features contemporary recordings by top pop artists while a second disc is filled with classic Christmas tracks by legendary pop artists.

In stores October 12, 2010.

5. Wilson Phillips - Christmas in Harmony

Wilson Phillips - Christmas In Harmony
Courtesy Sony Masterworks

It has been six years since the last studio album from the trio Wilson Phillips. This first holiday collection reunites them with producer Glen Ballard who worked on their first two albums which both were certified platinum.

In stores October 12, 2010.

6. Katharine McPhee - Christmas Is the Time...(To Say I Love You)

Katherine McPhee - Christmas Is the Time (To Say I Love You)
Courtesy Verve Forecast

Former American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee turned in a more jazz-pop direction with her second solo album when she signed with the Verve Forecast label. This Christmas album continues in that vein. She says, "I know these songs so well. These are the songs I listened to growing up. Hopefully my versions will be unique but at the same time timeless; full and rich yet simple and intimate."

In stores October 12, 2010.

7. Indigo Girls - Holly Happy Days

Indigo Girls - Holly Happy Days
Courtesy Vanguard

Acclaimed folk rock duo the Indigo Girls have released 11 studio albums since the late 1980s. They reached the top 10 on the album chart in the mid 1990s with Swamp Ophelia and Shaming Of the Sun. This is their first holiday album.

In stores October 12, 2010.

8. Celtic Thunder - Celtic Thunder Christmas

Celtic Thunder - Celtic Thunder Christmas
Courtesy Celtic Thunder Limited

Irish vocal group Celtic Thunder were named Billboard's Top World Music Artist for 2009. A new PBS television show with Celtic Thunder will air in December 2010 and include songs from this collection.

In stores October 12, 2010.

9. The Puppini Sisters - Christmas With the Puppini Sisters

Puppini Sisters - Christmas With the Puppini Sisters
Courtesy Verve

The Puppini Sisters are a vocal trio who specialize in 1940s style harmonies. They are not in fact sisters but chose their name in tribute to the Andrews Sisters. Their first two albums have been top five jazz hits in the US.

In stores October 5, 2010.

10. Pink Martini - Joy To the World

Pink Martini - Joy To the World
Courtesy Heinz Records

Pink Martini's music draws from an eclectic palette including influences from classical, jazz, and pop. Their most recent release Splendor In the Grass hit the top 50 on the Billboard album chart. This is their first Christmas album.

In stores November 9, 2010.

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