With the release of progcore outfit August Burns Red's holiday album, Sleddin Hill: A Holiday Album, today via Solid State, guitarist J.B. Brubaker was kind enough to share his top 5 holiday albums with AltPress.com, which you can find below. From crooners to punk-rockers, Brubaker knows how to bring the holiday jams to your winter festivities. And hey, not to mention the songs from Sleddin' Hill that have been released--"Flurries" and "Sleigh Ride"--are bangers themselves. Be sure to pick up the album on iTunes now!
5. Bing Crosby - Christmas Classics
The name sums this one up: Classic songs by a classic crooner. I'll take Bing the singer over Bing the search engine any day.
4. Michael W. Smith - Christmas
A perennial holiday hit at the Brubaker house every December. My sisters and I know all these songs inside and out. Check out a rockin' version of "Gloria (Angels We Have Heard On High)." Michael brings it hard.
3. Baltimore Consort - Bright Day Star
The album reminds me of Christmas morning. I heard it for many years as I'd roll out of bed and head downstairs to open presents. Probably not an album that a ton of people are familiar with--maybe I'm wrong--but I think it rules.
2. Jon Denver & The Muppets: A Christmas Together
Great movie and great soundtrack. I listened to this with my four sisters every Christmas while opening our stockings. Miss Piggy got some pipes and Jon Denver is just perfect.
1. The Vandals - Oi to the World
During my "punk years" I was obsessed with this album around the holidays. It's such a fun record filled with hilarious songs and classics like the title track "Oi to the World" and "Grandpa's Last Christmas." I still listen to it from start to finish at least once every year around the holidays. Bravo, The Vandals. You did good.