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Top 30 Christmas Albums of All Time

by Mike McGuirk

Top 30 Christmas Albums of All Time


The thing about Christmas music is you either love it or hate it. There isn't usually much middle ground. For those of us who love it, the warble of Alvin & The Chipmunks' "Christmas (Don't Be Late)" and Bobby Helms' rockabilly-ing "Jingle Bell Rock" are welcome at least the first 10,000 times we'll hear them -- in the car, in the supermarket, in our sleep -- between now and December 25th.

So for those poor souls who have to spend the next month or so trying (unsuccessfully) to get that seizure-inducing "Carol of the Bells" song out of their heads, we're sorry. You have absolutely no use for the list below. But, if you're like me and you listen to Darlene Love's "White Christmas" and, especially, her "Marshmallow World" in June, well, have fun, and don't miss Ella Fitzgerald's bangin' "Jingle Bells," the made-for-Jimmy-Buffett wonder "Mele Kalikimaka" by Bing Crosby, the backup singers in Elvis' "Blue Christmas" or any of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas.

One thing: The playlist features songs not in the album list that you don't want to miss Specifically, the ABBA-rific "Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord" by Boney M, The Waitresses' New Wave wonder "Christmas Wrapping" and Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run." Okay. Merry merry, happy holidays, etc, etc. Have fun.