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Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums 2011

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There is another crop of great new Christmas music for pop fans in 2011. This year's list is led by crooner Michael Buble and his first full-length holiday collection. Check all 10 albums below for a diverse set of great new holiday favorites.

1. Michael Buble - Christmas

Michael Buble - Christmas
Courtesy Reprise

Michael Buble has released Christmas music in the past. His EP Let It Snow released back in 2003 helped keep him front and center in the minds of fans following his successful self-titled debut album. However, this is the first full-length holiday collection from Michael Buble. Following on the heels of his double platinum Crazy Love and first top 40 pop hit "Haven't Met You Yet," there is potential for a success similar to Josh Groban's multi-platinum Noel.

In stores October 24, 2011.

2. Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe

Justin Bieber - Under the Mistletoe
Courtesy Island Records

A Christmas collection seems a wise move for 17 year old Justin Bieber. Holiday music tends to skew toward older pop music consumers, and this is an audience that has yet to fully succumb to Justin Bieber's charms. He also follows a long tradition of teen idols who consolidate their fan bases with sounds of the holidays. The first single "Mistletoe" hit #1 on the iTunes sales chart in less than a day.

In stores November 1, 2011.

3. Carole King - A Holiday Carole

Carole King - A Holiday Carole
Courtesy Hear Music

Singer-songwriter Carole King has recently revitalized her career through touring with James Taylor and the spotlight being shined on her music on American Idol. A Holiday Carole is her first new studio album in 10 years. During the recording process she worked with her daughter, singer-songwriter and producer Louise Goffin.

In stores November 1, 2011.

4. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas

She and Him: A Very She and Him Christmas
Courtesy Merge Records

She & Him is the indie pop duo consisting of singer-songwriter M. Ward and singer-actress Zooey Deschanel. The pair took their second album Volume 2 into the top 10. M. Ward produced the album, and it includes versions of such Christmas classics as "Sleigh Ride," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and "The Christmas Song."

In stores October 24, 2011.

5. tobyMac - Christmas In Diverse City

tobyMac - Christmas In Diverse City
Courtesy EMI

Singer-songwriter and rapper tobyMac is a former member of the highly successful Christian music act DC Talk. His last two solo studio albums reached the top 10. This first Christmas collection includes his touring band Diverse City presenting holiday music in a wide range of genres from rock to hip hop and soul.

In stores October 4, 2011.

6. Various Artists - This Warm December, A Brushfire Holiday Vol. 2

Various Artists - This Warm December: A Brushfire Holiday, Vol. 2
Courtesy Brushfire Records

The first This Warm December collection was released in November 2008. 25% of the profits for the new album go to charities connected with music education for children. The first single from the new project is Jack Johnson's "In the Morning." Among the other artists included are G. Love and Matt Costa.

In stores November 15, 2011.

7. Jersey Boys - Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boy Christmas

Jersey Boys - Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boy Christmas
Courtesy Rhino

The show Jersey Boys has been a smash hit since debuting on Broadway in 2005. It won the 2006 Tony Award for Best Musical. The show is based on the career of the pop group the Four Seasons. However, the new holiday collection of music recorded by cast members is a tribute to a more general 50's and 60's style of pop than simply trademark Four Seasons influences.

In stores October 4, 2011.

8. Chicago - Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three

Chicago - Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three
Courtesy Chicago Music

This is the first new album of Christmas music by pop-rock band Chicago since 2003. It includes special guests Dolly Parton, America, Steve Cropper, and BeBe Winans. The project was produced by Phil Ramone. The group has sold over 38 million albums in the US alone.

In stores October 4, 2011.

9. Paul Anka - Songs Of December

Paul Anka - Songs Of December
Courtesy Decca

Paul Anka has a recording career that spans 55 years. He was a teen idol in the late 1950s. In recent years he has gained acclaim for his recordings of pop standards. This new collection was recorded in lush arrangements with full orchestration. Among the songs included are "Let It Snow," "Winter Wonderland," and "White Christmas."

In stores November 15, 2011.

10. Vanessa Peters - The Christmas We Hoped For

Vanessa Peters - The Christmas We Hoped For
Courtesy Vanessa Peters

Texas-based singer-songwriter Vanessa Peters is one of the top unsigned pop-rock artists. Her music is inspired by the Americana style. This is the first Vanessa Peters holiday collection recorded in advance of an expected new studio album in 2012.

In stores October 25, 2011.

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