Forget boy bands and Barry Manilow: Christmas music may be the ultimate guilty pleasure. It's inherently corny, unrepentantly joyful and the tiniest bit reverent — all qualities largely reviled by rock & roll purists. And while you would be forgiven for never wanting to hear "Jingle Bells" ever again, Christmas songs have proven a versatile format for artists in almost every genre, as well as a rite of passage for a certain stripe of singer. The following CDs represent some highlights from this year's Christmas crop; there are some new faces, a few old favorites and plenty of reasons to embrace the sound of the season — if only for... More >>>