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“A cappella: Group or solo singing without instrumental accompaniment.” – Wikipedia
Today I want to share with you my favourite a cappella groups and their Christmas albums. These are two a cappella groups I would have never have discovered without my internet radio player.
Sometimes you buy something and then can’t remember how you ever lived without it.
This is how I feel about my internet radio.
We bought a Roberts Stream93i about 5-6 years ago. This was a considered purchase and we had been debating over whether we should spend out on one for quite a while before that.
It is definitely my best buy ever. I love my Roberts internet radio and use it every day when I’m at home. You use it to stream internet radio stations and podcasts through your Wi-Fi without using a phone or Ipad. It absolutely comes into its own when entertaining, providing a whole day or evening of varied music, all at the touch of a button. I have discovered so many great songs and artists that I would never have heard of without this great gadget. So you can see what I’m talking about, I have linked to the newest version on Amazon here.
As soon as I bought the internet radio and realised that you could search specifically for Christmas radio stations I was hooked.
Christmas music is without doubt my favourite thing about Christmas. Whatever the time of year, if I’m having a bad day then a blast of Christmas music never fails to cheer me up. I listen to Christmas music a lot, and why not, it is so beautiful.
Discovering New Favourites
As well as all the classics, the joy of listening to an internet Christmas radio station is that it throws up loads of songs that you have never heard before. You don’t just get the same 20 songs round in a circle, you get 1000 different songs; from the overplayed to the underrated.
After a while you find yourself going over to look and see who is singing this great song? The next day another song you love comes on. You mosey on over to check out who it is, and it is the same group again. Just like that you have discovered a new favourite.
Don’t get me wrong, I love all Christmas music; the vintage classics, the 70’s and 80’s Christmas staples and also carols. But there is something about a cappella that really makes Christmas music special.
Below are my favourite a cappella groups that I discovered just like this and now I have their whole Christmas albums on CD. Yes, I know no-one buys CD anymore, but I’m old fashioned like that.
UPDATE: When writing this post I discovered a new Internet station – 1.FM Acappella Radio. It’s been three weeks and I have not listened to anything else. Really great station with great songs and a mix of Christmas and non Christmas a cappella songs all day long. Definitely check it out.
A cappella groups:
Straight No Chaser
These are my absolute favourite pick and they have loads of Christmas music to choose from. Originally a USA collegiate group, Straight No Chaser have so many unique versions of Christmas songs that you will love.
In 1998 a Youtube video of their “12 days of Christmas” went viral and got 22 million views, it’s still on YouTube, go watch it now. I will wait….
This is my favourite Christmas song. I’m always recommending it to people on Instagram when someone asks for a Christmas song to listen too. It’s so different to anything else and something people have normally not heard before. They have a more polished version on their Christmas album and it never fails to bring me great joy. It is five Christmas songs all rolled up into one great big fabulous Christmas spectacular. If I could only have one Christmas song, this would be it.
My favourite Christmas album of theirs is Christmas Cheers. Every song is fantastic but alongside “12 Days of Christmas”, “The Christmas Can-Can” and their Mission Impossible style “We Three Kings” are also favourites of mine. Buy the album here from Amazon, if fact, buy all their albums, they are so good.
The Texan a cappella group Pentatonix have so many great songs. I would say the songs they do are more traditional and in particular they do beautiful versions of Christmas carols. Their versions have lots of vocal bass and percussion which I love. I find their music very rich and evocative, lovely background music to any Christmas activity and really good music to have on whilst you are eating.
I have two of their Christmas albums, A Pentatonix Christmas (link here) and That’s Christmas to me (link here). They have so many great tracks it’s hard to pick my favourites. “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” is epic. They also do beautiful versions of my two favourite carols “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, so I have to pick them. Finally, their original songs “That’s Christmas to me” and “Good to be bad” are also songs you should check out.
For those of you who have made it this far. I’ve got a bonus a cappella treat for you. I have no doubt that my love for a cappella groups stems largely from my love for Epcot, Disneyworld; one of my favourite places in the world. Where The Voices of Liberty, an a cappella group, perform in the American adventure pavilion. Look them up on YouTube singing “Let it go” and “This is me”. Also make time in your schedule if you ever go to Disney to see them live, they are amazing. Of course over the Christmas season they sing beautiful carols, you can find these on YouTube too.
So, I really recommend checking out these groups and getting their a cappella Christmas albums. They will add variety to your Christmas music collection and new favourites to your playlists; these are great choices for something a little bit different. If you love discovering new music, or would enjoy a way to listen to a huge variety of music at the touch of a button, I really recommend investing in an Internet Radio as well.
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There is also lot’s more Christmas content here on my blog:
You can start at the very beginning (a very good place to start) here.