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Christmas Music Playlists with Celine Dion Songs
Share Some Special Times With Celine Dion
Factfile - Celine Dion
- Dion's first two Christmas albums were both in French: Céline Dion Chante Noël (1981) and Chants Et Contes De Noël (1983).
- Her 3rd festive album, released in 1998, These Are Special Times featured collaborations with R. Kelly, Andrea Bocelli and Bryan Adams and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. In the US it is listed as the 4th best selling Christmas album from the period 1991–2012.
- It included the singles, I'm Your Angel (with R. Kelly) and The Prayer (with Andrea Bocelli). Number 1 hit I'm Your Angel was certified platinum by the RIAA and The Prayer was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
You mightn't necessarily associate Canadian chanteuse Celine Dion with Christmas, titanic love songs and Eurovision yes, but she has a solid back catalogue of Christmas material. The bulk of her best known Christmas songs are taken from 1998's monster selling 'These Are Special Times' album. That release was actually Dion's 3rd Christmas effort after she had previously released 2 seasonal records back in the early 1980's that were sung entirely in French. 'Céline Dion Chante Noël' (1981 – ‘Le Petit Renne Au Nez Rouge’ is the particularly jaunty version of ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer’) and 'Chants Et Contes De Noël' (1983 – with ‘Joyeux Noël’ being a particular highlight from the still very young performer) proved that the Christmas spirit was coursing through her veins.
Further Dion Christmas material was to follow throughout the 80's and 90's with a contribution (‘The Christmas Song’) to David Foster's 'The Christmas Album'. Perhaps the most bizarre appearance on a Christmas themed record, for the normally straight laced singer, was Dion’s ‘Petit Papa Noël’ for the Chipmunks 'A Very Merry Chipmunk'. Fear not Celine traditionalists however as our hero managed to quell the normally giddy and rather furry upstarts on what was a mannerly put together composition. Dion also reworked the well-known 'Brahms' Lullaby' for a 1996 charity album called 'For Our Children Too' which would end up on her first English Christmas album.
'These Are Special Times' arrived 2 years later and did not hold back on giving Christmas the treatment it deserved as the album is resplendent in orchestral lushness. Dion also chose some heavy hitting collaborators in the form of R&B superstar R. Kelly, famous tenor Andrea Bocelli and the king of the balladeers, and fellow Canadian, Bryan Adams. Any album with such impressive participants was always likely to do well but 'These Are Special Times' surpassed even that by becoming one of the biggest selling Christmas albums of all time (12 million sales and counting!). The songs were the usual mix of secular and religious, originals (7 in total) and covers but Dion put so much energy into reenergising the concept of the holiday album it proved to be a winning formula. The album spawned two very successful singles, 'I'm Your Angel' and 'The Prayer', both of which were originals. The choice of covers were as unremarkable as you’d expect but Dion excelled on branding them in her own image. ‘Blue Christmas’, with Diana Krall on piano, is a lounge classic which purrs in a quietly sultry way. ‘Adeste Fideles’ is nothing less than powerful with things going supernova as the grand choir parts kick in. Dion chose to retitle John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’ to ‘So This Is Christmas’ and while it won’t ever threaten the original it has an undeniable uplifting tempo.
The real star of ‘These Are Special Times’ is ‘The Prayer’ with Dion and Andrea Bocelli locked in a wonderful call and response that resonates with genuine chemistry. Packed full of orchestral flushes this might just be the perfect song to bring down the curtains on another fun filled Christmas Day.
How much faith there's
Celine Dion, The Prayer
Let this be our prayer in my prayer, When shadows fill our day, Lead us to a place, Guide us with your grace,
Give us faith so we'll be safe
Celine Dion Christmas Album & Single Covers