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Ultimate Christmas Mix

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11/24/1998

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The 2004 release Ultimate Christmas, Vol. 2 collects 18 Christmas songs from the BMG vaults. Most of the tunes date from the first few years of the 2000s, so many of the names are familiar to the pop audience of 2004, but, strangely, all the artists have moved on since they cut the material on this disc, so there's a strange disconnect from the music showcased here and the public image they have at the end of 2004. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC, and R. Kelly are all here, but the music was cut long before Britney turned into a white-trash bride, before Christina pierced her entire body, before Justin left the band (and before JC's album flopped and before Joey Fatone went Broadway), and before R. Kelly was embroiled in a series of ugly sex scandals. Consequently, all their songs have a bit of innocence that's disconcerting to jaded 2004 ears, and, frankly, that's refreshing -- Britney simply sounded better singing fizzy bubblegum like "My Only Wish (This Year)" instead of laborious workouts like "(I Got That) Boom Boom." Nevertheless, these older recordings give Ultimate Christmas, Vol. 2 a bit of a dated feel, but that's not entirely a bad thing, particularly since there's some good relatively recent songs from the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Dido, as well as good, very old songs from Alan Jackson, Eurythmics, TLC, and Elvis Presley. The result is a hodgepodge, and one that doesn't necessarily hold together, but it's pretty fun all the same, not least because it's a bit of an unwitting nostalgia trip. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) Whitney Houston 3:11
  3. 1 Christmas Tree Lady Gaga 2:24
  4. 2 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 4:5
  5. 2 Santa Baby Pussycat Dolls 3:1
  6. 3 Angels We Have Heard on High Christina Aguilera 4:7
  7. 3 We Wish You a Merry Christmas Weezer 1:27
  8. 4 World Christmans R. Kelly 4:0
  9. 4 Mistletoe Colbie Caillat 3:52
  10. 5 Oh Holy Night Kelly Clarkson 3:33
  11. 5 Merry Christmas 2:31
  12. 6 Christmas Day Dido 4:3
  13. 6 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Maroon 5 3:29
  14. 7 Christmas Time Is Here Toni Braxton 4:11
  15. 7 Home Ne-Yo 4:25
  16. 8 My Only Wish (This Year) Britney Spears 4:14
  17. 8 Winter Wonderland Ringo Starr 2:56
  18. 9 Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays *NSYNC 4:11
  19. 9 The Lttle Drummer Boy 98° 3:27
  20. 10 This Christmas Joe 3:6
  21. 10 A Joyous Song Boyz II Men 5:53
  22. 11 Sleigh Ride TLC 3:43
  23. 11 Blue Christmas Melissa Etheridge 2:46
  24. 12 Miracle of Love Eurythmics 5:3
  25. 12 The Man with the Bag Lee Ann Womack 2:31
  26. 13 Baby, It's Cold Outside 5:21
  27. 13 That's What I Want for Christmas Jessie Baylin 2:23
  28. 14 Santa Claus Is Back in Town Elvis Presley 2:22
  29. 14 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Tyrone Wells 2:20
  30. 15 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Martina McBride 1:44
  31. 15 Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Local H 2:35
  32. 16 Honky Tonk Christmas Alan Jackson 2:53
  33. 16 Joy to the World Ashanti 1:57
  34. 17 Posada (Pilgrimage To Bethlehem) Santana 5:25
  35. 17 Baby, It's Cold Outside Vanessa Williams 4:53
  36. 18 Winter Wonderland Kenny G 3:4
  37. 18 Christmas Wrapping The Waitresses 5:23
  38. 19 Merry Christmas Baby Sheryl Crow 3:16
  39. 20 Little Saint Nick Hanson 3:33

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