Christmas is the only holiday with its own genre of music — and, as far as genres go, this one’s pretty broad. Every artist with affection for the winter observance (or a desire to make a buck off seasonal cheer) has recorded a Christmas album. No matter what you dig — death metal, hip-hop, the iffy crooning of washed-up TV stars — there’s a red-and-green CD awaiting your purchase. For those keen on kicking it kooky this December 25, we recommend the following 30 discs. They range from crass and irreverent to wholly holy, but they share one thing in common: They’re only remotely listenable for a few weeks a year. That alone is reason to be merry.
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