Because It's Christmas

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Because It's Christmas
Studio album by Barry Manilow
Released September 25, 1990
Genre Pop
Easy listening
Length 42:35
Label Arista
Producer Barry Manilow & Eddie Arkin[1]
Barry Manilow chronology
Live on Broadway
(1990)Live on Broadway1990
Because It's Christmas
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]

Because It's Christmas is the first of three Christmas albums released by singer-songwriter Barry Manilow. The album was released in 1990 and was a huge success, becoming Manilow's first platinum album since 1984's 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe. It also began a period in Manilow's career in which he recorded cover albums. Each album would focus on a particular style of music. He continued this pattern until the release of Here at the Mayflower in 2001.

The version of "Jingle Bells" on the album is patterned after the 1943 Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters version with the girl group Exposé taking The Andrews Sisters' part.

Because It's Christmas was the best-selling Christmas album of 1990 in the U.S. The album peaked at number 40 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart,[4] and spent five weeks at number 1 on Billboard magazine's special, year-end, weekly Christmas Albums sales chart in December 1990 and January 1991.[4]

On July 19, 2002, Because It's Christmas was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies in the U.S.[5]

Track listing[1][edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "The Christmas Song" - 3:54
  2. "Jingle Bells" (Duet with Exposé) - 2:39
  3. "Silent Night/I Guess There Ain't No Santa Claus" - 5:19
  4. "The First Noel/When The Meadow Was Bloomin'" - 5:01
  5. "Excerpt from Handel's Messiah/Because It's Christmas" - 5:28

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (Duet with K.T. Oslin) - 5:19
  2. "White Christmas" - 1:32
  3. "Carol Of The Bells/The Bells Of Christmas" - 4:48
  4. "Joy To The World/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - 3:46
  5. "We Wish You A Merry Christmas/It's Just Another New Year's Eve" - 4:47


  1. ^ a b CD packaging
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2004). Christmas in the Charts (1920-2004). Wisconsin: Record Research Inc. p. 163. ISBN 0-89820-161-6. 
  5. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database - Gold & Platinum Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-12-16. [permanent dead link]