It’s been 20 years since one of the biggest pop groups of the 90’s released their holiday album “Home For Christmas”. It hit record stores in 1998, just one year after their self-titled debut record that introduced *NSYNC to the world. Two decades later, “Home for Christmas” still stands as one of the best Christmas albums. The “O Holy Night” a capella shows off the group’s killer harmonies, “Kiss Me at Midnight” is the New Year’s hopes we’ve been missing, and who could forget the urban driven “The First Noel”. The lead single though was the ever popular “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”, which was accompanied by a colourful video that gave the band the opportunity to fill in for an under-the-weather Santa.
There we’re very few acts that were in as much demand in the late ’90s as *NSYNC. “Home For Christmas” on October 27, 1999, was certified double platinum by the RIAA for shipment of two million copies in the United States alone. The record was released on September 30, 2002 in the United Kingdom as The Meaning of Christmas on Ariola Express with an altered track listing. “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays” was released as a single in the United States, and in Germany as well, due to its inclusion on the group’s German seasonal album, “The Winter Album”. As of December 2014, “Home for Christmas“ has sold 2.8 million copies in the United States, making it the fifteenth best-selling Christmas/holiday album in the U.S., and has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
Though it was early in their career and you might have imagined that they weren’t given a lot of control when it came to the making of the video “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays”. The director of the video also helmed the videos for the band’s singles “U Drive Me Crazy” and “God Must Have Spent (A Little More Time On You),” so together, they continued to make magic. With only a few more days left ’til Christmas, we thought to bring in the holiday spirit with one of the best pop Christmas albums of all time. From all of us here at OLC! we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas.