40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus

Cee Lo Green, 'Cee Lo's Magic Moment'
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40. Cee Lo Green, 'Cee Lo's Magic Moment'

In 2012, Cee Lo got a raspy Rod Stewart to duet with him on "Merry Christmas, Baby" and his fellow Voice judge Christina Aguilera to show up for "Baby It's Cold Outside," but his ideal musical partners were the Muppets. They collaborated here on "All I Need Is Love," based on the music to "Mahna Mahna." The result was pop R&B with bright colors, made out of felt and yarn – which suited this cartoonish, broadly appealing album.