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One Wish: The Holiday Album

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One Wish: The Holiday Album

One Wish: The Holiday Album
Studio album by Whitney Houston
Released November 18, 2003
Recorded 1996, 2002–2003
Genre Christmas, R&B, pop, holiday, gospel, soul
Label Arista
Producer Whitney Houston, Mervyn Warren, Troy Taylor, Gordon Chambers, Barry Eastmond
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]
Los Angeles Times [2]
The New York Times Positive[3]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[4]
Slant [5]

One Wish: The Holiday Album is the sixth studio album by American singer Whitney Houston, released in November 2003. The album is a Christmas album, and featured the single "One Wish (for Christmas)", which reached the top twenty on Billboard‍ '​s U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. The album spent six weeks on the Billboard 200 and as of January 2013 it had sold over 546,000 copies to date.[6] The album also features a duet with Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina on "The Little Drummer Boy." The album also re-uses "Joy to the World" and "Who Would Imagine a King" from 1996's The Preacher's Wife: Original Soundtrack Album.


  • Critical reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Credits and personnel 3
  • Charts 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Critical reception

Moscow-Pullman Daily News wrote that Houston's "voice [...] dazzles on [the album] [...] as she soulfully interprets holiday classics[.] Her voice - though at times a bit raspy - captivates on every track [.]"[7] The New York Times noted the "lavish swoops, the sultry whispers, the gospelly asides and the meteoric crescendos" from Houston.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The First Noel"   Traditional Troy Taylor 3:14
2. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Robert Wells Troy Taylor 3:12
3. "Little Drummer Boy" (featuring Bobbi Kristina Brown) Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone Mervyn Warren 4:29
4. "One Wish (For Christmas)"   Gordon Chambers, Barry Eastmond, Freddie Jackson Gordon Chambers, Barry Eastmond 4:12
5. "Cantique de Nöel (O Holy Night)"   Traditional Mervyn Warren 3:48
6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram Mervyn Warren 3:45
7. "Deck the Halls/Silent Night"   Traditional Mervyn Warren 4:29
8. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin Mervyn Warren 4:49
9. "O come, O come, Emmanuel"   Traditional Mervyn Warren 3:06
10. "Who Would Imagine a King" (featuring The Nativity Choir) Mervyn Warren, Hallerin Hilton Hill Mervyn Warren, Whitney Houston 3:30
11. "Joy to the World" (with The Georgia Mass Choir) Traditional Mervyn Warren, Whitney Houston 4:41
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Credits and personnel

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