40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus


Frank Sinatra, 'A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra'

Frank Sinatra, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra
Courtesy of  Capitol Records

Frank Sinatra recorded Christmas albums with everybody from Bing Crosby to his own children, but this 1957 record was his finest Yuletide effort. (For the best of the rest, check out his Christmas Collection.) It's hard to get much mileage out of "Jingle Bells," even if you spell out the title and try to make it groovy – where this disc shines is when it slows down, letting Sinatra caress every syllable in "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

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