Check out our selections of the greatest Christmas and Hanukkah albums of all time.
We went digging through the crates, the tinsel and the lights to find the old timey stuff that it just wouldn’t be the holidays without (Bing Crosby, we’re looking at you), as well as modern classics like the “O.C.”‘s Chrismukkah album.
Featuring: The Vince Guaraldi Trio
Why it matters: Tracks like "Linus and Lucy" and "Christmastime is Here" have guaranteed warm fuzzies since the animated special's 1965 debut.
Featuring: U2, Madonna and Run-DMC
Why it matters: The first in the series of pop/rock holiday compilations featured classics like Madonna's "Santa Baby" and Whitney Houston's "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Featuring: Bing Crosby
Why it matters: Christmas is about tradition, and what's more traditional than good ole Der Bingle crooning "Silent Night"?
Featuring: Death Cab For Cutie, Polyphonic Spree
Why it matters: When the holidays aren't the most wonderful time of the year, muted indie tracks like DCC's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" set the right tone.
Featuring: MXPX, Blink 182, Something Corporate
Why it matters: Three words: punk rock Christmas. What better cure for mall burnout and cookie overload than 20 pop-punk tracks?
Featuring: The LeeVees
Why it matters: It's fun, it's fresh, it does not feature accordions. Its They-Might-Be-Giants-ish guitars and smart lyrics make it a modern must-have.
Featuring: Mariah Carey
Why it matters: Say what you will about "Glitter" or her subsequent emancipation, but "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the diva at her best.
Featuring: The Chipmunks, Weird Al
Why it matters: It's got all the goofy tracks you secretly love. C'mon. What's Christmas without "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"?
Featuring: The Man in Black
Why it matters: Johnny manages to walk the line and put his inimitable stamp on classics like "Silent Night" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful."
Featuring: Nat King Cole
Why it matters: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost nipping at your nose. Everybody's covered it, but Nat's version is the original and still the best.