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Now That's What I Call Christmas, Vol. 4

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10/12/2010

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Vol. 4 in the Now That's What I Call Christmas! series offers up a fairly even mix of slick, modern mistletoe jams from the likes of Rhianna, Toby Keith, and Maroon 5 and classic yuletide standards from Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, and Burl Ives. Spread out over two discs and encompassing 36 tracks, the collection, which is appropriately jolly and harmless enough, often feels unified in theme only, as evidenced by the jarring transitions between cuts like “Christmas Tree” (Lady Gaga featuring Space Cowboy) and “Little Saint Nick” (the Beach Boys). The country songs tend to work better within the framework, probably because they feel a little more reverent of the source material, but it’s not like any of the traditional tunes on here haven’t been put through the meat grinder a zillion times already. At the very least, the compilers had the good sense to include the genre’s first truly left-field hit, David Bowie and Bing Crosby's surprisingly poignant rendition of “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth,” and wisely chose to stick Mannheim Steamroller's ubiquitous “Deck the Halls,” which has aged about as well as a department store fruitcake, at the very end where it can safely ring out the old. ~ James Christopher Monger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 A Child is Born Rihanna 3:53
  3. 2 Merry Christmas Baby Sheryl Crow 3:14
  4. 3 Mistletoe Colbie Caillat 3:53
  5. 4 All I Want for Christmas Is You Mariah Carey 4:2
  6. 5 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Christina Aguilera 4:5
  7. 6 What Child Is This? Carrie Underwood 3:27
  8. 7 Where Are You Christmas Faith Hill 4:7
  9. 8 Silver Bells Martina McBride 2:43
  10. 9 Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree Toby Keith 2:23
  11. 10 Candy Cane Christmas Darius Rucker 3:20
  12. 11 Christmas You and Me Brian McKnight 4:6
  13. 12 Wonderful Christmastime Kelly Rowland 3:39
  14. 13 Drummer Boy Sean Kingston 2:28
  15. 14 Christmas Tree Lady Gaga 2:22
  16. 15 My Only Wish (This Year) Britney Spears 4:15
  17. 16 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Michael Bublé 2:2
  18. 17 Christmas Time Is Here Diana Krall 3:34
  19. 18 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Maroon 5 3:25
  20. 1 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Nat King Cole 3:11
  21. 2 White Christmas Bing Crosby 3:3
  22. 3 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) Elvis Presley 1:56
  23. 4 It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas Johnny Mathis 2:16
  24. 5 It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams 2:32
  25. 6 A Marshmallow World Dean Martin 2:41
  26. 7 A Holly Jolly Christmas Burl Ives 2:14
  27. 8 Jingle Bell Rock Bobby Helms 2:10
  28. 9 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Temptations 2:58
  29. 10 Little Saint Nick The Beach Boys 2:8
  30. 11 The Chipmunk Songs (Christmas Don't Be Late) Alvin & the Chipmunks 2:19
  31. 12 The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth 2:38
  32. 13 Jingle Bells James Taylor 3:54
  33. 14 Christmas At Sea Sting 4:36
  34. 15 O Come All Ye Faithful Celtic Woman 3:51
  35. 16 December Norah Jones 3:5
  36. 17 Do They Know It's Christmas? Band Aid 3:40
  37. 18 Deck the Halls Mannheim Steamroller 3:27

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