A Very Special Christmas 3

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A Very Special Christmas 3
A Very Special Christmas 3.jpg
Cover art by Keith Haring
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1997
GenreChristmas music
ProducerBobby Shriver, Al Cafaro, Linda Feder
Various artists chronology
A Very Special Christmas 2
A Very Special Christmas 3
A Very Special Christmas Live
Professional ratings
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A Very Special Christmas 3 is the third in the A Very Special Christmas series of Christmas-themed compilation albums produced to benefit the Special Olympics. The album was released on 23 September 1997, and production was overseen by Bobby Shriver, Al Cafaro, and Linda Feder for A&M Records.

Track listing[edit]

Track Song Title Writer(s) Artist Time
1. "I Saw Three Ships" Traditional Sting 1:45
2. "Christmastime" Billy Corgan The Smashing Pumpkins 3:18
3. "Children Go Where I Send Thee" Traditional Natalie Merchant 5:14
4. "Santa Baby" Joan Javits, Lauryn Hill, Tony Springer, Michel Prakazrel, Philip Springer and Wyclef Jean Rev Run and the Christmas All-Stars featuring Mase, Puff Daddy, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Salt-n-Pepa, Onyx and Keith Murray 4:04
5. "Oi to the World" Joe Escalante No Doubt 2:42
6. "Blue Christmas" Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson Sheryl Crow 3:34
7. "Christmas" Ernest Anastasio and John Popper Blues Traveler 5:45
8. "Oíche Chiún" ("Silent Night") Josef Mohr and Franz X. Gruber Enya 3:48
9. "The Christmas Song" Mel Tormé and Bob Wells Hootie & the Blowfish 3:14
10. "Ave Maria" Natasha Shneider and Franz Schubert Chris Cornell with Eleven 6:12
11. "Christmas in the City" Mary J. Blige, Malik Pendleton and Angie Martinez Mary J. Blige featuring Angie Martinez 4:38
12. "Santa Claus Is Back in Town" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Jonny Lang 4:20
13. "Christmas Song" Dave Matthews Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds 5:15
14. "Christmas Is Now Drawing Near at Hand" Traditional Steve Winwood 2:32
15. "O Holy Night" Adolphe-Charles Adam and John Sullivan Dwight Tracy Chapman 4:30
16. "We Three Kings" Traditional Patti Smith 5:47



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


  1. ^ "Various Artists Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Various Artists Chart History (Holiday Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  3. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1998". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Various – A Very Special Christmas 3". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 20, 2021.

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