This Is Christmas (Luther Vandross album)

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This Is Christmas
Luther Vandross - This Is Christmas album cover.jpg
Studio album by Luther Vandross
Released October 18, 1995 (US)
Recorded 1994–1995
Studio Camel Island Studios
(Los Angeles, California)

Clinton Recording Studios
(New York City)
Sterling Sound
(New York City)
The Hit Factory
(New York City)
The Power Station
(New York City)
Genre R&B, soul, Christmas
Length 48:21
Label Epic
Producer Luther Vandross (also executive), Marcus Miller, Nat Adderley, Jr.
Luther Vandross chronology
This Is Christmas
Your Secret Love
Alternative cover
Home for Christmas cover
Home for Christmas cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[3]

This Is Christmas is the tenth studio album and first Christmas album by American singer Luther Vandross released by Epic Records on October 18, 1995. The album received mixed to negative reviews from music critics. Sony Music Special Products reissued the album on January 15, 2002 as Home for Christmas with an altered order of tracks, and again in October 2012 as part of The Classic Christmas Album line with additional tracks. The two editions of the album has sold a combined total of 1,147,000 copies as of December 2012.[4] This is Christmas lent its name to a syndicated television special Vandross hosted which aired in November and December 1995, and featured songs from this album, as well as performances by his special guests.

Track listings[edit]


No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "With a Christmas Heart" Luther Vandross, Skip Anderson 4:04
2. "This Is Christmas" Vandross, Reed Vertelney 4:45
3. "The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)" Vandross, Ivan Hampden, Jr. 4:45
4. "Every Year, Every Christmas" Vandross, Richard Marx 5:06
5. "My Favorite Things" Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II 5:58
6. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 5:05
7. "I Listen to the Bells" (duet with Darlene Love) Vandross, Fonzi Thornton 6:07
8. "Please Come Home for Christmas" Vandross, Anderson 3:37
9. "A Kiss for Christmas" Vandross, Hampden 4:12
10. "O' Come All Ye Faithful" John Francis Wade, Frederick Oakeley 4:19

Home for Christmas[edit]

  1. "O' Come All Ye Faithful" - 4:19
  2. "My Favorite Things" - 5:58
  3. "What the World Needs Now" - 5:19
  4. "With a Christmas Heart" - 4:05
  5. "I Listen to the Bells" - 6:07
  6. "Little Miracles (Happen Every Day)" - 4:43
  7. "Please Come Home for Christmas" - 3:38
  8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" - 5:05

The Classic Christmas Album[edit]

  1. The Christmas Song
  2. My Favorite Things
  3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  4. The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody)
  5. With A Christmas Heart
  6. I Listen To The Bells (Duet with Darlene Love)
  7. A Kiss For Christmas
  8. Every Year, Every Christmas
  9. This Is Christmas
  10. Please Come Home For Christmas
  11. O' Come All Ye Faithful
  12. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Live Duet with Chaka Khan)
    • previously unreleased commercially
  13. May Christmas Bring You Happiness
  14. At Christmas Time
    • Tracks 13 and 14 originally released as one-off single (DSKO 78, Atlantic, 1976) - accredited as "Luther"


Chart (1995) Peak position
U.S. Billboard 200 28
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Position
US Billboard 200 175


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ link
  3. ^ the original album guide.
  4. ^ Grein, Paul (December 19, 2012). "Chart Watch Extra: Christmas Albums, From Bing To Buble". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved December 19, 2012. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Luther Vandross – This Is Christmas". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH