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The Best 1980s Christmas Albums 

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Updated December 20, 2019 277 votes 135 voters 27.5k views 47 items

List of all Christmas 1980s albums, ranked from best to worst. For many, the 1980s was a prosperous period for the release of Christmas music and albums. Some of the biggest bands and artists of the decade released holiday songs that were much better than the traditional songs that flooded airwaves in years past. The albums featured on this list are some of the most well known and popular titles of that time, and likely introduced an entirely new audience to holiday and Christmas music. These are some of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and some of the greatest jingles in the history of music. The 1980s saw bands like Air Supply, Billy Idol and the great George Strait and family release music that captured the holiday spirit. Not to be outdone, Bobby Vinton, Celine Dion and let's not forget about supergroup Band Aid, who also released Christmas albums during this decade.

There are some albums that feature the traditional, standard songs, or reinterpreted songs like by Chet Atkins and Merle Haggard. No matter what style or type of Christmas songs you prefer, you're likely to find an album on this list that will fit whatever music you enjoy. You'll likely recognize some of these songs from classic 1980s Christmas movies as well.

What are the best '80s Christmas albums? Which had the best Christmas songs of the 1980s? Take a look at this list of 1980s albums and see for yourself.

This is the list of Christmas albums that were released in the 1980s. From innovative takes on traditional songs to recreating the versions that have been around for years, the 1980s were a great time grab holiday music. Check out more great lists like 1960s Christmas music and 1970s Christmas albums. The list is alphabetical but you can sort by any column.

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Christmas in the Stars: ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Meco (1980); Tracks: R2-D2 We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Bells & Bells
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Christmas Island is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Leon Redbone (1989); Tracks: Christmas Island, (There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays & I’ll Be Home for Christmas
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An Old-Fashioned Christm... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By The Carpenters (1984); Tracks: My Favorite Things, Medley: Here Comes Santa Claus / Frosty the Snowman / Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer / Good King Wenceslas & It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
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Once Upon a Christmas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (1984); Tracks: White Christmas, Silent Night & The Greatest Gift of All
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A Christmas Album is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Amy Grant (1983); Tracks: Little Town, The Christmas Song (Chestnuts) & A Mighty Fortress / Angels We Have Heard on High
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In the Christmas Mood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Glenn Miller Orchestra (1988); Tracks: Silent Night, Let It Snow & Let It Snow
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3 Ships is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Jon Anderson (1985); Tracks: Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells & Ray Of Hope (Bonus Track)
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Alabama Christmas is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Alabama (1985); Tracks: Tennessee Christmas, Homecoming Christmas & Joseph and Mary's Boy
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Christmas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
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Merry, Merry Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By New Kids on the Block (1989); Tracks: This One's for the Children, Merry & Merry Christmas
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White Christmas is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Al Green (1986); Tracks: Jingle Bells, What Christmas Means to Me & Winter Wonderland
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The Christmas Album is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Al Green (1983); Tracks: I'll Be Home for Christmas, Oh Holy Night & God Is Standing By
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Merry Christmas... Have ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Cyndi Lauper (1998); Tracks: December Child, Christmas Conga & Feels Like Christmas
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Christmas Album is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Boney M. (1981); Tracks: Christmas Medley: Holy Night / Snow Falls Over the Ground / Hear Ye the Message, White Christmas & Darkness Is Falling
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Christmas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Michael W. Smith (1989); Tracks: Silent Night, All Is Well & Memoirs: A Trilogy The Voice
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Classic Christmas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Johnny Cash (1980); Tracks: Away in a Manger, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear & O Little Town of Betlehem
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Raffi's Christmas Album ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Raffi (1983); Tracks: Old Toy Train, We Wish You a Merry Christmas & Every Little Wish
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Merry Christmas Strait t... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By George Strait (1986); Tracks: Away in a Manger, Merry Christmas Strait to You & Winter Wonderland
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The Animals' Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Amy Grant and Art Garfunkel (1986); Tracks: The Annunciation, Words From an Old Spanish Carol & Wild Geese
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Merry Christmas to You ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Reba McEntire (1987); Tracks: White Christmas, Happy Birthday Jesus (I'll Open This One for You) & The Christmas Guest
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To Drive the Cold Winter... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Loreena McKennitt (1987); Tracks: Let All That Are to Mirth Inclined, Snow & The King
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East Tennessee Christmas... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Chet Atkins (1983); Tracks: The Christmas Song, The Little Drummer Boy & Silent Night
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Orchestra Manhattan: Dig... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Byron Olson (1986); Tracks: White Christmas, God Rest Ye Merry & Gentlemen
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Just Can't Get Enough: N... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
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A Fresh Aire Christmas ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Christmas Albums
By Mannheim Steamroller (1988); Tracks: Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, Carol of the Bells & Hark! The Herald Angels Sing