40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus

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Various Artists, 'A Christmas Record'
Courtesy ZE Records33/40

33. Various Artists, 'A Christmas Record'

This album, originally released by ZE Records in 1981, is a collection of experimental, alternative, and new-wave takes on Christmas. With Suicide, August Darnell (of Kid Creole and the Coconuts), Was (Not Was), and Nona Hendryx, it's a lineup of Lower East Side all-stars. They don't seem to take much joy in the holiday – but they take plenty in making excellently weird noise. And it features one of the greatest Christmas singles ever: the Waitresses' "Christmas Wrapping."

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