40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus


Sufjan Stevens, 'Songs for Christmas'

Sufjan Stevens, Songs for Christmas
Courtesy of  Asthmatic Kitty

Most years, the prolific singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens records a Christmas EP and gives away copies. This treasure box collects the five EPs from 2001 to 2006 – there's over two hours of music, much of it devotional folk versions of the standards, but including some originals like "That Was the Worst Christmas Ever." Stevens, obsessed with Christmas like Buddy the Elf, didn't stop here: the following five EPs can now be found in another box set, Silver & Gold.

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