Christmas with Scotty McCreery
Label: Interscope (American Idol)
His deep voice is perfect for joyful holiday songs, be they religious or secular. But what really makes Christmas With Scotty McCreery stand out is the young singer's fresh perspective: He transforms "Jingle Bells" into a slinky little rockabilly number with finger-snaps and honky-tonk piano, and it totally works! A huge Elvis fan, he nods to The King on the rollicking "Santa Claus is Back in Town"; and "The First Noel," "Let It Snow," and "O Holy Night" make the most of his lower register. One of the best Christmas releases of 2012.