By Tanner Stransky
December 25, 2008 at 06:00 PM EST

A diva putting out a Christmas album is about as standard as Santa wearing a red suit. But, truly, the efforts of our favorite Melisma Queens are such a mixed bag. For uninspired efforts, look no further than Ashanti’s 2003 disc Ashanti’s Christmas or Jessica Simpson’s 2004 Rejoyce: The Christmas Album. (I’ll leave it to you PopWatch readers to decide if those two should even be termed as “divas.”)

The best diva holiday disc for years (and you best not question this assertion!) was unequivocally Mariah Carey’s 1994 gem Merry Christmas, which is highlighted by jazzy jam “All I Want for Christmas is You.” But this year I’m going to challenge that given by suggesting that maybe Christina Aguilera’s “Christmas Time”—from her 2000 album My Kind of Christmas—could be better than Mariah’s perennial fave. It’s both dramatic and a holiday trifle. Watch live-in-concert versions of both here and then sound off about your favorite in the comments below.


Time to throw down, PopWatchers: Who wins the battle of the Christmas divas?

More holiday fun from EW:
20 Worst Holiday Movies
Movie review: A Christmas Tale
’30 Rock’ recap: A ghost of Christmas past