1. TRAIN - Joy To The World
2. GRAYSON SANDERS & JONO - Something In The Air
3. THE BAND PERRY - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
4. MICHAEL BUBLE - It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like...
5. FRANCESCA BATTISTELLI - December 25
6. CHEAP TRICK - I Want You For Christmas
7. RASCAL FLATTS - Mary, Did You Know?
8. WONDER GIRLS - Best Christmas Ever
9. AMY GRANT - Tennessee Christmas
10. ONEREPUBLIC - Christmas Without You
11. VINCE GILL - Breath Of Heaven (Mary's Song)
12. MARTINA McBRIDE - Please Come Home For Christmas
13. JORDIN SPARKS - Do You Hear What I Hear?
14. DAVE MATTHEWS BAND - Christmas Song
15. CHRISTINA AGUILERA - Oh Holy Night
Maybe I'm just Mr. Crankypants McScrooge this year, but I have to say the VSC people need to bring in some fresh blood--and by that I mean some people who actually buy and listen to Christmas music to advise them on what a good compilation should look and sound like. Because their last set (Vol. 7) was a total disaster, musically, and I'm more than concerned to see so much retread material on this one. The Special Olympics is a great cause, well worthy of my Christmas music dollar. But I don't think I'll be able to convince myself to put out for this any more than I could for Vol. 7. In fact, Vol. 7 is looking pretty good by comparison, right now. Right off the top, the tracks from Martina McBride, The Band Perry and Rascal Flatts were ALL on the Colonial Candle release last year (surprise, surprise, that was on the Big Machine label as well). Alright, so you say that wasn't available retail (except in Canada). Fine. I still say they're just regifting last year's fruitcake, but fine. Michael Buble's track is from his 2011 set. At the very least, he could have offered up one of the "exclusive bonus tracks". The Onerepublic track is not only last year's single, but it's also on the NOW set this year. I'm going to be kind and assume the Dave Matthews track is at least a different recording than appeared on VSC3 (credited on Amazon to Tim Reynolds for some reason). And I hope to God Xtina came in and recorded "Oh Holy Night" anew--she was only 20 when she cut her Christmas album and she's become a much better singer since then--but I'm guessing she didn't. The Vince Gill and Amy Grant tunes are ancient--decades old. And the absolute worst? "Winter Wonderland" by Jason Mraz. That was from a 2005 Target/NBC "Sounds Of The Season" release which was offered as a bonus iTunes download to the 2010 rerelease of "A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 7". Now you're just recycling stuff you already recycled. And this is your anniversary offering? This is just lazy. I expect better from "A Very Special Christmas". I really do. "A Very Special Christmas" became the success it became because it blazed fresh trails every time out. The brand has become old and tired, apparently, and VSC is now content to stick to the most well worn of paths. I don't say this lightly--I really don't--but I could put together a better playlist. In my sleep. Maybe the Special Olympics can hook up with the folks at HEAR Music; it looks as though they know what they're doing when it comes to putting together a Christmas compilation.