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With the holidays on the horizon, it's time to add some festive favorites to your music collection. Need to beef up your budget first? Here at Opinion Outpost, you can earn the extra money you need by taking paid surveys. Once you're ready to invest in some new holiday tunes, check out our suggestions below.

"A Very Special Christmas" (1987)
Legendary recording executive Jimmy Iovine oversaw the production of this key holiday compilation, reported Rolling Stone. A&M Records released the album in 1987 as a fundraising measure for the Special Olympics. The record featured a variety of festive staples, including Bruce Springsteen's vivacious version of "Merry Christmas Baby" and Run D.M.C.'s off-kilter classic "Christmas in Hollis." The album was so successful that the organization commissioned further releases. A&M released the seventh volume of the series in 2009. According to the Special Olympics, the collection has generated $100 million since its conception.

"White Christmas" (1986)
Bing Crosby might have been modern holiday culture incarnate - a soft-hearted, romantic soul shrouded in the trappings of big-city business. And Crosby's linchpin holiday release, "White Christmas," certainly reflects its creator. The record features a variety of traditional tunes and sentimental favorites. Crosby croons tremulous takes on "Silent Night" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and belts out light-hearted holiday fare like "The Christmas Song" and "Jingle Bells." Of course, the album also includes the singer's popular cut of the Irving Berlin holiday hit "White Christmas." According to Aljazeera America, "White Christmas" is the best-selling single of all time.

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" (1965)
Jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi crafted the well-known sonic backdrop for the animated versions of Charles Schulz's renowned cartoon "Peanuts," reported Rolling Stone. The soundtrack to "A Charlie Brown Christmas," the original animated adaptation of the Schulz cartoon, is nothing short of iconic. In his original compositions, Guaraldi uses plodding, melancholic melodies to capture the often wounded psyche of Charlie Brown. The pianist also offers unique takes on a number of traditional songs, including "What Child Is This?" and "O Tannenbaum." 

"A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra" (1957)
According to Rolling Stone, Sinatra released this wholesome holiday compilation to counter Elvis Presley's "Elvis' Christmas Album," which also hit shelves in 1957. Old Blue Eyes meanders his way through "I'll Be Home For Christmas" and a few other low-key staples. The crooner drops in an original, as well - the playful "Mistletoe and Holly." Plucking harpists and a lush string section conjure up holiday nostalgia while Sinatra breezes through with chaste wintertime imagery. In the end, Sinatra couldn't contain The King of Rock and Roll, as "Elvis' Christmas Album" went on to become the best-selling Christmas album of all time, reported Billboard.

"Soul Christmas" (1968)
Atlantic Records flexed its rhythm and blues muscles with this holiday compilation. The album begins with the Clarence Carter's "Backdoor Santa," a sly Christmastime take on Willie Dixon's delta blues standard "Backdoor Man." Fun fact, Run D.M.C. sampled this song for "Christmas in Hollis," reported Song Facts. Otis Redding lets loose a slow-burning version of  "White Christmas." And, Solomon Burke sends out soulful salutations on "Presents for Christmas."

Now that you've perused our picks, it's time to hit your local record store. Don't feel like going out? Scroll through iTunes instead. Remember, at Opinion Outpost you can redeem your points for an iTunes* gift card.

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