8 Days of Christmas

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8 Days of Christmas
Studio album (holiday album) by Destiny's Child
Released October 30, 2001
(See release history)
Recorded July–September 2001
Genre Holiday, R&B
Length 41 min
Label Columbia
Producer Damon Elliott, Kurt Farguhar, Focus..., Alan Foyd, Rob Fusari, Alonzo Jackson, Beyoncé Knowles, Errol McCalla Jr., Falante Moore, Willie Morris, Ric Wake, Erron Williams, Bama Boyz
Destiny's Child chronology
Love: Destiny
8 Days of Christmas
This Is the Remix
Singles from 8 Days of Christmas
  1. "8 Days of Christmas"
    Released: December 16, 2001
  2. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    Released: January 3, 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
People (mixed)[3]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[6]
UKMIX 4/5 stars[7]

8 Days of Christmas is a Christmas album by R&B girl group Destiny's Child, released by Columbia Records in October 2001 in the United States (see 2001 in music).


The album contains seven traditional Christmas songs and four original songs. Most of them are re-arranged with up-tempo beats in a contemporary R&B style. The album was recorded in Summer 2001 in the United States, but Kelly Rowland stated during the "8 Days of Christmas" video premiere on BET's 106 & Park in Fall 2001 that parts of the album were also recorded in Japan during Destiny's Child's overseas promo tour. In the same interview Beyoncé Knowles revealed: Actually we wrote the song two years ago, when we went in the studio to do some Christmas something. That's what started the idea of doing a Christmas album.[8] The song "8 Days of Christmas" was first released in November 2000 on the 2CD re-issue of "The Writing's on the Wall".


The album debuted at number seventy-five on the U.S. Billboard 200 selling over 23,000 copies during its first week of release, and it eventually peaked at number thirty-four a few weeks later. It was certified gold by the RIAA in December 2001 for over 500,000 copies shipped in the United States. Today, the album has sold 705,000 copies in the United States and 2 million copies worldwide. In 2004, a re-issued version of the album was released, containing previously unreleased records.

Track listing[edit]

  • Credits adapted from AllMusic.[9]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "8 Days of Christmas"   Beyoncé Knowles, Errol McCalla Jr. 3:31
2. "Winter Paradise"   Knowles, Rob Fusari, Falonte Moore 3:36
3. "A 'DC' Christmas Medley"   Johnny Marks, Steve Nelson, Traditional 3:59
4. "Silent Night" (featuring Beyoncé) Franz Gruber, Joseph Mohr 3:41
5. "Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Solange) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone 3:36
6. "Do You Hear What I Hear" (featuring Kelly Rowland) Noël Regney, Gloria Shayne 3:47
7. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 1:42
8. "Platinum Bells"   Ray Evans, Jay Livingston 1:26
9. "O' Holy Night" (featuring Michelle Williams) Adolphe Adam 4:24
10. "Spread a Little Love on Christmas Day"   Bernard Edwards, Jr, Knowles 3:41
11. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor 3:38
12. "Opera of the Bells"   Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. Wilhousky, arranged by Knowles 4:34

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States October 18, 2005 (2005-10-18) DualDisc
United States October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23) Compact disc
Australia November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11) Compact disc
Europe[10] November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12) Compact disc

Charts and certifications[edit]


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  2. ^ Willman, Chris (November 30, 2001). "Music reviews on MTV TRL Christmas; 8 Days of Christmas; Barbra Streisand's Christmas Memories; NOW That's What I Call Christmas!; Toni Braxton's Snowflakes; They Might Be Giants' Holidayland; A Very Special Christmas 5; Swingin' Christmas; and Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas Extraordinaire". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ Chuck Arnold, Sona Charaipotra, Kyle Smith (December 10, 2001). "Picks and Pans Review: 8 Days of Christmas". People. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Hopkins, Tracy E. (December 11, 2001). "Destiny's Child: 8 Days of Christmas : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on May 9, 2006. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan. "The Rolling Stone Album Guide". Rolling Stone: 232. Retrieved June 17, 2012.
  6. ^ Sal Cinquemani (November 11, 2001). "Destiny's Child: 8 Days of Christmas". Slant Magazine.
  7. ^ Valentine, Janet (November 5, 2001). "Reviews - Destiny's Child - 8 Days of Christmas". UKMIX. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Keyta's Vibe - DESTINY'S CHILD". Freewebs.com. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
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