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Top 10 New Pop Christmas Albums 2007

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Each year many new albums of Christmas music are released. These are 10 of the most eagerly awaited new pop Christmas albums for 2007. Independent label releases are big in this year's holiday season.

1. Josh Groban - Noel

Josh Groban - Noel
Courtesy Reprise Records

A holiday album is a natural for the towering voice of Josh Groban. Some of the arrangements may be a bit overdone, but this recording is set to become a Christmas classic.

In stores October 9, 2007.

2. Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Song

Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Song
Courtesy American Gramaphone

It has been 6 years since we've been given an entirely new album of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas music. This one includes guest vocal turns from Johnny Mathis and Olivia Newton-John.

In stores October 9, 2007.

3. Various Artists - A Disney Channel Holiday

A Disney Channel Holiday
Courtesy Disney

Brimming with songs by such hot young stars as Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Aly and AJ, and the Cheetah Girls, this new holiday album is certain to make a big sales splash.

In stores October 16, 2007.

4. Relient K - Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer

Relient K - Let It Snow Baby...Let It Reindeer
Courtesy Capitol Records

Back in 2003, just as they were emerging into the mainstream, Christian rockers Relient K released a Christmas album titled Deck the Halls, Bruise Your Hand. This is a re-release with 7 additional songs. For a flavor of what you'll hear, head over to Relient K's MySpace site to listen to their masterful version of "Sleigh Ride."

In stores October 23, 2007.

5. Patti LaBelle - Miss Patti's Christmas

Patti LaBelle - Miss Patti's Christmas
Courtesy Def Soul Classics

Celebrating 5 decades in the music business, Patti LaBelle headed back to the studio with legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to record this new holiday collection.

In stores October 9, 2007.

6. Jars of Clay - Christmas Songs

Jars of Clay - Christmas Songs
Courtesy Nettwerk

The Christian rock group Jars of Clay are celebrating the opening of their new label Gray Matters , part of the Nettwerk Music Group, with the release of their first full-length Christmas album. The songs were recorded in one-take sessions.

In stores October 16, 2007.

7. The Smithereens - Christmas With the Smithereens

Smithereens - Christmas With the Smithereens
Courtesy Koch Records

Although they only reached the pop top 40 twice, in 1989 with "A Girl Like You," and in 1992 with "Too Much Passion," the 60's influenced pop-rock of the Smithereens is revered by their fans. This is their first Christmas collection.

In stores

8. Over the Rhine - Snow Angels

Over the Rhine - Snow Angels
Courtesy Great Speckled Dog

Ohio-based indie pop band Over the Rhine create songs that are simultaneously elegant and delightfully complex. This holiday collection was first available last year, but this year's release on the Great Speckled Dog label is the first time the album has been available nationally. If you are looking for something a little different, but still hauntingly beautiful, in your Christmas collection, Snow Angels will be richly rewarding.

In stores October 2, 2007.

9. Rick Springfield - Christmas With You

Rick Springfield - Christmas With You
Courtesy Gomer Records

At the commercial peak of his musical career Rick Springfield rang up 5 top 10 pop singles in 4 years in the early 1980's. Out of the spotlight, he has matured significantly as a recording artist since then.

In stores November 6, 2007.

10. Darlene Love - It's Christmas, Of Course

Darlene Love - It's Christmas, Of Course
Courtesy Shout Factory

Darlene Love's first fame came as a key vocalist for a range of pop classics in the early 1960's produced by Phil Spector. In recent years, she has become most widely known for singing Christmas songs. She performs a Christmas show every year in New York City, and she performs her classic "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" every year on the Late Show with David Letterman. This new collection features her interpretations of Christmas songs from the 70's and 80's.

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