10 Christmas Albums You'll Actually Want To Listen To

Veto 'Slade' and get one of these festive albums on. Your ears will thank you for it 

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It's only been Advent for a week, and we've already got to the stage where enforcers of 'cheer' take great joy in splitting our ear-drums with Mariah Carey's wails. 

It's not that we're Scroogues / Hum-bugs / whatever insult a lunatic with tinsel in their hair and a 3D Rudolph jumper on chooses to hurl at us – we'd just prefer our festive tunes a little more, well, tuneful. 

And so, in the spirit of (tasteful) merriment, we've complied our list of ten great Christmas albums. 

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1 |  A Charlie Brown Christmas – Vince Guaraldi Trio

Dinky, laid-back jazz versions of carols.

2 | Christmas In The Heart – Bob Dylan 

Against all odds, both fun and poignant.

3 | A Jolly Chrstmas – Frank Sinatra 

Cool rather than schmaltzy, and with a swingin’ jingle bells.


4 | Christmas – Low

An indie trio triumph of emotion over irony.

5| Christmas Songs – Diana Krall 

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Sexy, jazz-club workouts of xmas classics.


6 | Songs For Christmas – Sufjan Stevens 

Masterful reinventions of carols and icy originals.


7 | Where Will You Be Christmas Day? – Various Artists 

Uplifting acoustic blues and hillbilly.

8 | A Christmas Gift For you – Phil Spector 

Familiar, but irresistibly festive.

9 | Joy To The World – Pink Martini 

Brand new set of seasonals from camp latin-lounge big band.


10 | Christmas Collection – Johnny Cash 

The old boomer gets intense over syrupy strings.


Listen to the full playlist below:


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