40 Essential Christmas Albums

Classics and new entries worthy of your holiday bonus

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Various Artists, 'Reggae Christmas From Studio One'
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28. Various Artists, 'Reggae Christmas From Studio One'

The Jamaican record label Studio One was a powerhouse in the Sixties and Seventies, releasing records by just about every important reggae artist. So delving into their archives for Christmas-themed music turns up some famous names, including the Heptones ("Christmas Time Is Here") and the Wailers featuring Bob Marley ("Sound the Trumpet"). The grooves are consistently strong and as joyful as the season; as Freddie McGregor sums it up, "Hip hip hooray/What a Irie Christmas Day."

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