A Legendary Christmas

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A Legendary Christmas
John Legend A Legendary Christmas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2018 (2018-10-26)
John Legend chronology
Darkness and Light
A Legendary Christmas
Bigger Love
Singles from A Legendary Christmas
  1. "Bring Me Love"
    Released: October 11, 2018
  2. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
    Released: October 11, 2018

A Legendary Christmas is the sixth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer John Legend, it was released on October 26, 2018.[4][2] Featuring artists such as Esperanza Spalding and Stevie Wonder, the album was promoted by a tour of the same name from November to December 2018.[5][6] It received a nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album at the 2020 Grammy Awards.[7]


The album is Legend's first holiday album, which he announced on October 1, 2018, via social media.[8][9] His tweet wrote "This winter, get ready for A Legendary Christmas! I have a brand new Christmas album coming out accompanied by #ALegendaryChristmas Tour!".[10][1] Prior to the album's announcement, Legend had just become the first African-American male to win an EGOT – an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony.[11] Legend has previously said of his intention to create a Christmas album, he said "I just made a new Christmas album. I've wanted to do this for a long time." On October 11, 2018, Legend premiered two lead singles from the album, "Bring Me Love" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" simultaneously on VEVO.[12][13][14] The album was re-released on November 8, 2019 with four additional tracks.


Wonder features on the first song, "What Christmas Means to Me", in which he plays the harmonica, while Spalding sings on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".[1] Featuring fourteen songs, the album is composed of eight that are "Christmas classics" and six that are original tracks by Legend.[1] The album is executive-produced by neo-soul singer/producer Raphael Saadiq.[1][15] All string arrangements by Matt Jones, including Happy Xmas (War Is Over) on the Super Deluxe Edition which featured an improvised solo by violinist Scott Tixier[16]

Commercial performance[edit]

In John Legend's home country of the United States, A Legendary Christmas debuted at number 26 on the Billboard 200 with 20,000 album-equivalent units, which included 19,000 pure album sales.[17]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Vulture and Tidal. All tracks produced by Raphael Saadiq.

A Legendary Christmas[2]
1."What Christmas Means to Me" (featuring Stevie Wonder)
2."Silver Bells"3:16
3."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (featuring Esperanza Spalding)3:43
4."No Place Like Home"3:57
5."Bring Me Love"3:19
6."Merry Christmas Baby/Give Love on Christmas Day"3:50
7."Christmas Time Is Here"3:20
8."Waiting for Christmas"2:35
9."Purple Snowflakes"
10."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"4:15
11."Please Come Home for Christmas"
12."Wrap Me Up in Your Love"
13."By Christmas Eve"
14."Merry Merry Christmas"
Total length:49:44
Japanese bonus tracks [18][19]
15."O Come, All Ye Faithful"4:24
16."No Place Like Home (acoustic demo)"3:54
Total length:58:09
A Legendary Christmas – Deluxe Edition[20]
1."What Christmas Means to Me" (featuring Stevie Wonder on Harmonica)
2."Bring Me Love"3:19
3."This Christmas"
4."My Favorite Things"Rodgers and Hammerstein2:54
5."Baby, It's Cold Outside" (featuring Kelly Clarkson)Frank Loesser3:38
6."Christmas in New Orleans"
7."Silver Bells"3:16
8."Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (featuring Esperanza Spalding)3:43
9."No Place Like Home"3:57
10."Merry Christmas Baby/Give Love on Christmas Day"3:50
11."Christmas Time Is Here"3:20
12."By Christmas Eve"
13."Purple Snowflakes"
14."The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"4:15
15."Please Come Home for Christmas"
16."Wrap Me Up in Your Love"
17."Waiting for Christmas"2:35
18."Merry Merry Christmas"
Total length:63:12




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