Merry, Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

by New Kids on the Block, Irving Berlin New Kids on the Block
Merry, Merry Christmas

Merry, Merry Christmas

by New Kids on the Block, Irving Berlin New Kids on the Block


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By the fall of 1989, the New Kids on the Block were so huge that their holiday album Merry, Merry Christmas catapulted into the Top Ten upon its release, reaching double-platinum status not long afterward. That's the sure sign of teen-idol stardom reaching the supernova point -- when a special-interest album becomes a multi-platinum blockbuster. Maurice Starr, the boys' producer and Svengali, probably knew that he had a seasonal hit on his hands, given the sales of Hangin' Tough, but to his credit, he and NKOTB didn't turn out a piece of pure product with Merry, Merry Christmas. Yes, it does suffer from silliness and dated production, but that is part and parcel with any teen-pop release. What counts is the energetic, goofy performances, which are genuinely spirited even when the songs are as ridiculous as "Funky, Funky Xmas." It's the kind of record that will appeal to any hardcore NKOTB fan, or any kitsch-loving pop culture maven. But even those irony-drenched hipsters will have to admit that "This One's for the Children" is a genuinely strong holiday song that deserved to be the Top Ten hit that it was.

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2010
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886977068621
catalogNumber: 770686
Rank: 169783


  1. This One's For The Children
  2. Last Night I Saw Santa Claus
  3. I'll Be Missin You Come Christmas (A Letter To Santa)
  4. I Still Believe In Santa Claus
  5. Merry, Merry Christmas
  6. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
  7. Funky, Funky, Xmas
  8. White Christmas
  9. Little Drummer Boy
  10. This One's For The Children (Reprise)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Kids on the Block   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Donnie Wahlberg   Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Jonathan Knight   Vocals,Group Member
Jordan Knight   Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Danny Wood   Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Greg McPherson   Background Vocals
Joseph McIntyre   Vocals,Rap,Group Member
Voices of Innocence   Background Vocals
Rev. John Borden   Background Vocals
Mikarl D. Thomas   Conductor
Morning Star Baptsit Church Choir   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
New Kids on the Block   Producer,Engineer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Michael Jonzun   Producer
Kenny Nolan   Composer,Producer
Harry Simeone   Composer
Sidney Burton   Engineer
Lancellotti   Composer
Richard Mendelson   Engineer
Leo Okeke   Engineer
Maurice Starr   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Donnie Wahlberg   Composer,Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Danny Wood   Producer
Jack Edwards   Adaptation
Dick Scott   Executive Producer,Management
Winston Johnson   Engineer
Peter Work   Producer
Opal Adams   Musical Director

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