Every year, a plethora of records are released to mark the holiday season, but many of them are just for Christmas and most definitely not for life. There are, however, some notable exceptions to the rule and, down the decades, some standout titles have established themselves as festive evergreens. Here we unwrap the most desirable and choose the ten best Christmas albums of all time…
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10: The Everly Brothers: ‘Christmas With The Everly Brothers And The Boystown Choir’ (1962)
Pioneering country-rock duo The Everly Brothers took the traditional route with their first festive album, recording this 11-song selection of well-established hymns and standards alongside The Boystown Choir of Omaha, Nebraska.
The Everlys were generous to a fault, leaving the choir entirely to their own devices on both Away In A Manger and Angels From The Realms Of Glory, though those expecting the siblings’ dulcet tones had plenty to savour when Don Everly took the lead on What Child Is This? and brother Phil stepped into the spotlight for O Little Town Of Bethlehem. Strangely, despite the fact the duo were still very much in demand during the early 60s, Christmas With The Everly Brothers And The Boystown Choir slipped below the radar on release, but it remains an accomplished – and sometimes moving – festive collection that, following a 2005 reissue, has seen its reputation rise among the best Christmas albums of all time.
Must hear: Angels From The Realms Of Glory