This holiday season, while filling hungry bellies with warm festive treats and getting cozy by the fireside, these ten albums are sure to help embrace the spirit of a season of giving.

A classic from the 90s, Amy Grant’s “Home for Christmas” has been a household favorite for over two decades. The Christian pop singer went from Billboard chart-topper on Christmas in 1992 to triple platinum in the US.

Grant’s “Home for Christmas” continues to bring holiday cheer in department stores and households throughout the holiday season. With over three million copies sold domestically, including classic holiday tunes like “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” alongside the original “Breath of Heaven,” Grant brings an old-fashioned sound to the air of the holiday season.

Another religiously-inspired singer with a chart-topping must-have holiday album is Mariah Carey. The topic of recent controversy involving her musical talent, Carey undoubtedly has a hugely successful holiday album to prove her talent to the masses. Including her infamous rendition of “All I Want for Christmas is You,” she blew away her fans and the R&B industry with her 1994 release of “Merry Christmas.” The five-times platinum album spent 27 weeks on the charts and sold over a million copies in its first holiday season on the shelves.

The number three must-have album this holiday season is none other than Josh Groban’s 2007 “Noel.” Just under an hour of holiday favorites, “Noel” includes duets with Faith Hill and Brian McKnight as well as a feature with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Breaking multiple Billboard 200 records, including the first Christmas album to be number one for four consecutive weeks, the album went five times platinum in the US and 6-times platinum in Canada. The must-have album consists of unique twists on classic holiday tunes.

Groban’s “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” for example, includes messages home from real American soldiers. The heart-warming messages pull at listeners’ heartstrings and bring an appreciation for family and friends during the christmas season.

Turning the tables to a pop culture icon in the millennial generation, Michael Bublé’s 2011 album “Christmas” brings a jazzy, acoustic approach to the classics. As his third chart-topping album, “Christmas” won Bublé a Juno Award for Album of the year, the first holiday album to ever win one. The must-have album continues to fill homes with holiday spirit and is comprised of holiday essentials like “Santa Baby” and “It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas.”

The country music scene has also seen its holiday season chart-toppers, like Darius Rucker, whose 2014 “Home for the Holidays” album incorporates holiday must-haves like “White Christmas” and the original song “What God Wants for Christmas.” The alternative-turned-country singer carries on his legend from Hootie and the Blowfish, which disassembled in 2008, and continues to produce acoustically satisfying tunes for his fans and country radio.

Popular music icons and a cappella extraordinaires Pentatonix produced a 2012 hit holiday album as well. Becoming one of the highest-selling holiday albums in the 2013 season, the YouTube famous group has just under 10 million subscribers and has been featured on internationally-recognized films such as “Pitch Perfect 2”. The 21-minute holiday album consists of holiday favorites like “Carol of the Bells” and “This Christmas.” The a cappella texture of the album creates an aesthetically pleasing sound for the holiday season.

Although not directly related to the holidays, some recent record-breaking albums that could make their way underneath the Christmas tree this season are Carrie Underwood’s Oct. 23 “Storyteller,” Ellie Goulding’s Nov. 6 “On my Mind,” Adele’s Nov. 20 album “25,” and Coldplay’s upcoming Dec. 4 release “A Head Full of Dreams.”

All the season’s must-have albums and other favorites can be found on iTunes and at music hubs in department stores across the nation. The season of giving needs music equivalents, and here they are this holiday season.

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