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Celine Dion Christmas Songs & Music

Canada's best selling artist of all time has always had room in her crowded recording career for Christmas albums. Her first one, 'Céline Dion Chante Noël', came very early in her career in 1981 when she was only 13. The album was sung entirely in French and contained a group of traditional carols. Fans of that album didn't have long to wait for its follow-up as 'Chants Et Contes De Noël' ('Christmas Songs and Tales') arrived just 2 years later in 1983. Again it was an entirely French affair with the young singer reprising some of the tracks from the first album as well as adding new versions of traditional classics. 11 years passed before Dion recorded another Christmas tune and it came from the unlikeliest sources. Not many would have put the Quebec chanteuse with the Chipmunks but she proved what a good sport she was on 'A Very Merry Chipmunk' for their song together 'Petit Papa Noël'. Dion was in further collaborative spirit when she joined Rosie O'Donnell on her 'A Rosie Christmas' for their duet 'The Magic Of Christmas Day (God Bless Us Everyone)' a few years later.

By the time Celine Dion's first English language Christmas album came along in 1998 she was a major international star, helped in no small part by her 'My Heart Will Go On' which was included on the Titanic soundtrack the year previous. 'These Are Special Times' was a lavish affair with lots of famous guest appearances from the likes of Bryan Adams, R. Kelly, Charlotte Church, Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan and Diana Krall. Included amongst the well known Christmas tunes like 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)', 'Blue Christmas', 'The Christmas Song' and 'O Come All Ye Faithful' was a new song co-written by Dion called 'Don't Save It All For Christmas'. 'These Are Special Times' was showcased on an Emmy nominated TV Christmas special staring Dion that Christmas and the album was also nominated for several Grammy's. To date 'These Are Special Times' has sold over 5 million copies making her one of Christmases greatest stars.

Celine Dion Christmas Albums

These Are Special Times

1998: These Are Special Times

These Are Special Times is an interesting blend of traditional carols, religious themed songs and holiday originals. Dion weaves her magic on favourites like O Holy Night and Ave Maria, whilst more modern carols such as The Christmas Song and Happy Xmas (War is Over) also make an appearance. Dion also includes The Prayer; her duet with Andrea Bocelli, which went on to win a Golden Globe Award. Celine Dion calls on various other artists to help out on the album: Diana Krall accompanies on the piano for Blue Christmas, whilst Bryan Adams helps out on Another Year Gone By. The album was re-released as a collector’s edition in 2007, with an alternative version appearing across Germany, Austria and Switzerland in the same year.