We all have our favourite Christmas songs we return to year after year, but for the hardcore Yuletide nut, only a full Christmas album with fresh renditions of festive standards and new future favourites will do.
Few are brave enough to tackle a Christmas album - Sia, Gwen Stefani and Keane's Tom Chaplin are the latest to have a go - but of those that do, who's been filling stockings and soundtracking magic gift-giving moments the most this century? OfficialCharts.com is counting down the top selling festive artists collections of the 21st century, so far…
When it comes to Christmas album sales, the star at the very top of the tree is twinkly-eyed crooner Michael Bublé. His seasonal set – entitled Christmas, just so there was no room for doubt – is the ONLY Christmas Number 1 Album in chart history with the word "Christmas" in the title. It spent three non-consecutive weeks at the top on its release in 2011, and has returned to the Top 10 every year since!
Christmas has sold a whopping 2.6 million in the UK according to Official Charts Company data, has spent almost six months in the Top 10 in total over the last five years and is the UK's 21st biggest selling album since 2000.
Over to another favourite crooner, Rod Stewart takes second place with his 2012 collection Merry Christmas Baby (626,000 sales). Plus, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Sir Cliff, and he's up in third with the aptly named Cliff At Christmas (408,000), originally released in 2003.
The King of Rock n Roll also fills a spot in the UK's Top 20 best selling Christmas Albums. Elvis's Christmas Peace takes fifth position (313,000).
It may have been released back in 1994, but Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas is still a strong-seller in the 2000s. The album, which includes million-selling All I Want For Christmas is You – is the seventh best-selling festive album since 2000 (216,000 since 2000, 305,000 overall).
There are good showings from festive sets by Charlotte Church (12) and Justin Bieber (13) and pop princesses Kylie Minogue and Leona Lewis also make it into the sparkling rundown with their recent seasonal releases – Kylie Christmas and Christmas With Love park their sleighs at 15 and 20 respectively.
The Top 20 biggest selling Christmas albums of the 21st Century
|2||MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY||ROD STEWART||2012|
|3||CLIFF AT CHRISTMAS||CLIFF RICHARD||2003|
|4||ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS PARTY||JIVE BUNNY & THE MASTERMIXERS||2003|
|5||CHRISTMAS PEACE||ELVIS PRESLEY||2003|
|6||A CHRISTMAS CORNUCOPIA||ANNIE LENNOX||2010|
|7||MERRY CHRISTMAS||MARIAH CAREY||1994|
|8||MY CHRISTMAS||ANDREA BOCELLI||2009|
|9||ONE CHANCE - CHRISTMAS EDITION||PAUL POTTS||2007|
|10||THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||DANIEL O'DONNELL||2004|
|11||THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||ALED JONES||2004|
|12||DREAM A DREAM||CHARLOTTE CHURCH||2000|
|13||UNDER THE MISTLETOE||JUSTIN BIEBER||2011|
|14||THE RAT PACK CHRISTMAS ALBUM||RAT PACK||2004|
|15||KYLIE CHRISTMAS||KYLIE MINOGUE||2015|
|16||HOME FOR CHRISTMAS||SUSAN BOYLE||2013|
|18||THIS IS CHRISTMAS||KATHERINE JENKINS||2012|
|19||CLASSIC CHRISTMAS||JOE MCELDERRY||2011|
|20||CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE||LEONA LEWIS||2013|
This chart is based on combined sales of albums since week 1 2000.
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Remember the Official Christmas Number 1 single from every year in our gallery: