40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus

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Bing Crosby, 'White Christmas'

Bing Crosby, White Christmas
Courtesy of MCA Records

For decades, this has been the reassuring sound of an American Christmas: Uncle Bing singing the standards (originally released in 1945 as Merry Christmas). His version of "White Christmas" is the best-selling single ever, with a mind-boggling fifty million copies sold. There's a reason so many people want to hear Bingle jingle: Crosby was one of the great pre-rock crooners, with a gift for making even a familiar song sound like a secret he was whispering in your ear.

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