Written By: Monday, November 21st 2016

The snow has started to fall and that means, technically, you are allowed to start playing Christmas music on a loop until December 26th. It’s one of the best ways to get into the holiday spiriting besides decorating your home with Christmas cheer or drinking as much Egg Nog as you can get your hands on.

So here are the five of some of the best Christmas albums to play this time of year by artists from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s:

1. A Very Special Christmas- Various Artists

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This gem has awesome hits from U2, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Stevie Knicks, Bon Jovi and Bryan Adams. It includes classic songs like “Santa Baby”, “Silent Night” and “I saw Mommy kissing Santa Claus”. This is one album guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit and all the proceeds for the album are donated to the Special Olympics. There have also been 9 more albums released since this first one.  To have it for yourself, click here.

2. Christmas Time Again- Lynard Skynard

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A more recent album released in 2002 by the band features a collaboration from .38 Special called “Hallelujah, it’s Christmas”. This is a more upbeat Christmas album that has a number of classics like “Santa Claus is coming to town” as well as a couple original songs like “Classical Christmas”. If you want to take a listen, click here.

3. A Mo-Town Christmas- Various Artists

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Sing along with the Jackson 5, the Supremes, Stevie Wonder and the Temptations with this Mo-Town Christmas album. It was released as two LP’s in the early 70’s but was released as a full CD in 1992. This features some great tunes like “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” and “What Christmas Means to Me” along with some classic hits like “Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “White Christmas”. To tap your toes along to these jams, click here.

4. Merry Christmas, Baby- Rod Stewart

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The British rock-n-roller gives his voice to some Christmas classics in his first Christmas album released in 2012. Songs like “Blue Christmas” and “Santa Claus is coming to town” are joined by multiple collaborations. Stewart teams up with Ella Fitzgerald for “What are you doing New Year’s Eve” and one of the kings of Christmas music Michael Buble for “Winter Wonderland”. To take a listen, click here.

5. Christmas: What’s it going to be Santa?- Chicago

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Christmas albums were a first for the legendary band Chicago was released in 1998. This album was released 5 years later with six additional tunes. It features gems like “Feliz Navidad”, “The Christmas Song” and “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow.” If you want this album in your catalog, click here.

Happy listening and Merry Christmas!