A Merry Little Christmas (Linda Ronstadt album)

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A Merry Little Christmas
Studio album by Linda Ronstadt
Released October 17, 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Christmas, Holiday, Seasonal, Religious
Label Elektra
Producer Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt chronology
Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions
A Merry Little Christmas
The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A ("4 stockings out of 4") [2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [3]

A Merry Little Christmas is a Christmas album by American singer/songwriter/producer Linda Ronstadt, released in 2000. It was the final release under Ronstadt's recording contract with the Elektra/Asylum Records label for whom Linda had recorded since 1973 (twenty-seven years to that point). John Boylan returned to the scene as Linda's producer - and manager - for this disc. He remains her official representative as of 2014.

It was the biggest-selling Holiday album of the 2000 Christmas season. It peaked at #179 on Billboard's main album chart and has continued to sell year in and year out. Among the highlights of this disc are Ronstadt's duet with the late Rosemary Clooney on the perennial track "White Christmas" and her ultra-somber interpretation of Joni Mitchell's "River".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Christmas Song" (Mel Tormé, Bob Wells) – 4:24
  2. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent) – 4:15
  3. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 4:22
  4. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane) – 3:55
  5. "River" (Joni Mitchell) – 4:10
  6. "O come, O come, Emmanuel" (John Mason Neale) – 3:29
  7. "Xicochi, Xicochi" (Gaspar Fernandez) – 2:17
  8. "I Wonder As I Wander" (John Jacob Niles, Traditional) – 3:20
  9. "Away In A Manger" (Traditional) – 2:08
  10. "Lo, How A Rose E're Blooming" (Traditional) – 2:10
  11. "Welsh Carol" (Traditional) – 3:57
  12. "Past Three O'Clock" (George Ratcliffe Woodward, Traditional) – 0:41
  13. "O Magnum Mysterium" (Traditional) – 3:19
  14. "Silent Night" (Josef Mohr) – 3:06


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Willman, Chris (2000-12-08). "Trilly Holiday". Entertainment Weekly: 95. Retrieved 2013-04-12. 
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 701. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.