I consider myself lucky. I managed to make it through the first weekend of December relatively unscathed by bad Christmas music—I didn't even hear the "Do They Know It's Christmas?" remake, which I consider a victory. But there's one album you could put on repeat from now until December 25 and I wouldn't mind one bit: A Charlie Brown Christmas.

The great Vince Guaraldi was a frequent collaborator with the Peanuts gang, scoring first this Christmas album, then the soundtracks of many other holiday specials. What's incredible though, is how much these 1965 recordings have retained their awesome staying power. Really, what other Christmas album do you need? [iTunes]


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