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.