40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus

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Tracey Thorn, 'Tinsel and Lights'
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26. Tracey Thorn, 'Tinsel and Lights'

"They're not all strictly Christmas songs," Tracey Thorn said, "but if they mentioned winter or snow or even just being cold, that was good enough for me." It should be good enough for you too, because on this lush 2012 release, Thorn (best known as the voice of Everything But the Girl) reinvents the Christmas canon, drawing from sources as diverse as the White Stripes' Elephant and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.

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