...in no particular order...

Low - If You Were Born Today
I remember sitting my car in a supermarket car park unable to move while this song was on the radio when it first came out on a 7" single. It is just stunningly moving - even for an atheist! Low's Christmas album is one of very few seasonal records that could get pulled out at any time fo year...it was a toss up between this and Blue Christmas as to what made it on the list.

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping
I still can't quite figure out why I enjoy this one so much. Maybe the silly/sweet cranberry ending - but it always fills me with festive spirit.

The Fountains of Wayne - I Want and Alien for Christmas
Just because...well...who wouldn't.

The Ronettes - Sleigh Ride
"A Christmas Gift for You" is our traditional xmas morning soundtrack - I never get bored of it, and the Ronettes take on Sleigh Ride is the best track on an album full of absolute gems.

Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
I guess most everyone else in the world is bored sick of this one - but xmas hasn't really arrived until I've heard Noddy telling me that it has.

Brenda Lee - Rocking Around The Christmas Tree
The best Rock 'n' Roll xmas song

Galaxie 500 listers may be surprised at the lack of Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time given my annual vociferous defence of McCartney's sugary xmas treat - I love it but would still have to say it's a far cry from any of the above...