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 artists are brave enough to tackle a Christmas album, but of those that do, who's been filling stockings and soundtracking magic gift-giving moments the most this century? We're 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 album with the word "Christmas" in the title to be the Number 1 album at Christmastime. It spent three non-consecutive weeks at the top on its release in 2011, and has returned to the Top 10 every year since – and that includes this year, already!
Christmas has sold a whopping 2.4 million copies in the UK, and has spent almost six months in the Top 10 in total over the last five years.
Over to another favourite crooner, Rod Stewart takes second place with his 2012 collection Merry Christmas Baby. Plus, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Sir Cliff, and he's up in third with the aptly named Cliff At Christmas, originally released in 2003.
The King of Rock n Roll takes up a majestic pair of places in the Top 20 best selling Christmas Albums. Elvis's Christmas Peace takes fifth position and Christmas Wishes sneaks in at 20.
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 sixth.
There are good showings from festive sets from Charlotte Church (9) and Susan Boyle (10) and pop princesses Leona Lewis and Kylie Minogue also make it into the sparkling rundown with their recent seasonal releases – Christmas With Love and Kylie Christmas park their sleighs at 13 and 14.
Here's the full Official Top 20 biggest selling Christmas albums:
|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||2008|
|6||MERRY CHRISTMAS||MARIAH CAREY||1994|
|7||MY CHRISTMAS||ANDREA BOCELLI||2009|
|8||THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||ALED JONES||2004|
|9||DREAM A DREAM||CHARLOTTE CHURCH||2000|
|10||HOME FOR CHRISTMAS||SUSAN BOYLE||2013|
|11||THIS IS CHRISTMAS||KATHERINE JENKINS||2012|
|12||THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||FRANK SINATRA||1998|
|13||CHRISTMAS WITH LOVE||LEONA LEWIS||2013|
|15||KYLIE CHRISTMAS||KYLIE MINOGUE||2015|
|16||THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||TWEENIES||2001|
|17||THE CHRISTMAS COLLECTION||IL DIVO||2012|
|18||ESSENTIAL CAROLS||KING'S COLLEGE CHOIR/WILLCOCKS||2014|
|19||O' HOLY NIGHT - THE CHRISTMAS ALBUM||DANIEL O'DONNELL||2010|
|20||CHRISTMAS WISHES||ELVIS PRESLEY||2006|
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Remember the Official Christmas Number 1 single from every year in our gallery: