Christmas sONGS, old and new, are all-pervasive at this time of year and, depending on your levels of festive spirit, are accepted as either an annual treat or perennial nightmare. Christmas albums on the other hand are larger, more complicated beasts – often dripping with hastily processed covers as easily disposable as artificial snow and as enjoyable as a forced perma-grin at Christmas lunch.
There are some, however, that work as truly great records in their own right, packed with the best the season has to offer. So from Elvis in 1957, to Phil Spector in 1963, Low in 1999 to Sufjan Stevens in 2006, here are 15 of our favourite Yuletide albums. Enjoy!
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