The Unofficial Ranking of the Best Boy-Band Christmas Albums
Nothing against Ariana Grande’s Christmas and Chill, but we’d argue the pinnacle of pop Christmas albums came in the ’90s—when all of our favorite boy bands dropped their harmonized and highlighted versions of holiday music. With the holidays upon us, let’s take a trip down memory lane and relive the best of the best when it comes to the festive boy band CDs (because these obviously pre-date iTunes, Spotify, and the like).
New Kids on the Block’s Merry, Merry Christmas
Classics Covered: NKOTB mixed in “The Christmas Song,” “White Christmas,” and “The Little Drummer Boy” on their holiday album.
Original Carols: “This One’s for the Children,” “Merry, Merry Christmas,” and “Funky, Funky Xmas”
Why We Still Love It: Sorry, but what is there not to love about a Christmas song titled “Funky, Funky Xmas?”
Backstreet Boys “Christmas Time”
Classics Covered: N/A
Original Carols: “Christmas Time”
Why We Still Love It: Granted, it’s not an entire album of Christmas songs (it appeared on the ’90s compilation album Platinum Christmas), but it’s BSB—so we’re obviously fans (to this day). Bonus: They dropped a follow-up in 2012 called “It’s Christmas Time Again.” (Clever.)
Hanson’s Snowed In
Classics Covered: The long-haired brothers successfully took on favorites like “White Christmas,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.”
Original Carols: “At Christmas,” “Christmas Time,” and “Everybody Knows the Claus”
Why We Still Love It: The Mmm-boppers brought their pop-rock vibe to this “Silent Night Medley”—and we still appreciate the original sound they infused to some of our favorite holiday songs.
98 Degrees’ This Christmas
Classics Covered: 98 Degrees included popular Christmas songs like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Little Drummer Boy”—but it’s the lesser-heard “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” that takes this album to the next level.
Original Carols: “If Every Day Could Be Christmas,” “Christmas Wish,” and “This Gift”
Why We Still Love It: Because few things are better than Nick Lachey with frosted tips singing the romantic holiday hit “This Gift.”
NSYNC’s Home for Christmas
Classics Covered: JT and crew spread the holiday cheer with favorites like “The First Noel” and “O Holy Night.”
Original Carols: Props to NSYNC for being the only boy band to throw in a New Year’s Eve tune—”Kiss Me at Midnight.”
Why We Still Love It: The *ultimate* in boy-band Christmas songs would have to be—hands-down—”Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays,” so we’re dubbing NSYNC’s Christmas album our unofficial favorite of the bunch (even though we love them all!).
Which boy band Christmas album is your favorite?