If These Latino Christmas Albums Aren’t On Repeat Then You’re Not Living Your Very Best Christmas
If you’re like so many other people this holiday season, then the Coronavirus pandemic has pushed you to embrace the holidays more than ever. From buying your first Christmas tree to decorate or trying to make Hanukkah favorites, it seems that COVID-19 is inspiring many of us to embrace tradition for some sense of normalcy.
A major part of the holidays is the music. And thankfully, in a year in which Latino artists have ruled the top of the music charts, we have no shortage of Latino holiday albums to choose from.
These are just a few of our favorites that are sure to help you maximize that holiday spirit amid all the uncertainty and drama of 2020.
Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas
No holiday music roundup would be complete without the Queen of Christmas, Mariah Carey. Although this album is now almost 30 years old, it still has some of our favorite holiday songs ever.
The chart-topping album contains some of the top Christmas hits and if you’re not singing along, then you’re not enjoying Christmas. Plain and simple.
Jose Feliciano: Feliz Navidad
Few songs bring out the holiday spirit as much as “Feliz Navidad.” It’s an iconic Christmas song that just celebrated it’s 50th birthday and is as popular as ever. Named after Jose’s iconic Christmas jam, Feliz Navidad, the album features a handfull of additional tracks that will get your family in a festive mood.
Los Lobos: Llegó Navidad
Feliz Navidad! Four decades into their career, East L.A. Latin-rock party starters Los Lobos finally lent their irresistible stylings to holiday fare. The group rips through 11 festive classics from the Spanish-speaking world—including Freddy Fender’s “Christmas Time In Texas” and salsa favorite “La Murga”—plus one original, a blues-tinged track for the lonely called “Christmas and You.” Dig in.
Gloria Estefan: Christmas Through Your Eyes
Gloria blessed the world in 1993 when she released her Christmas album. The album is filled with holiday classics with a jazz and pop twist. There is also a Spainish-language single titled “Arbolito de Navidad.”
Christina Aguilera: My Kind of Christmas
Soultry and soulful (would you expect anything else) Christina brings all the nostolgia as she puts her twist on classics such as The Christmas Song and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.
Celia Cruz: Feliz Navidad, Christmas In Cuba
What’s Christmas without Celia? It’s not a party. This classic holiday album by the Queen of Salsa is the perfect way to get everyone in the house in the holiday spirit. An ode to the holiday and her home country, who wouldn’t dance when this is turn on and all the way up!
Andrea Bocelli: Mi Navidad
Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli impressed the entire Latino community when he released the Spanish-language version of his Christmas album. Cue all the Christmas chills.
Adrienne Houghton: New Tradiciones
Adrienne shocked the world when she released this album, making it one of the best holiday surprises. The singer collaborated with her husband Isreal Houghton on a few of the sweet songs, making the album extra special.
Various Artists: Navidad Fiesta Universal
Ok, so this isn’t exactly one artist’s holiday album but it contains so many great hits that it had to make the list. From “Santa Claus Llegó a La Ciudad” by Luis Miguel to Los Tigres Del Norte’s Christmas hit “La Navidad de Los Pobres”, it should definitely be on your holiday music playlist.
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