ONTD Original: The 5 best Christmas albums of the past 5 years.

It's approaching December, the shops have their lights and decorations up, and no doubt you will have heard your first festive tune of the year somewhere - Christmas is arriving. We know the classics, popular, cheesy, and celebrated, but if you're looking for a more modern listening experience this year, look no further! No doubt you will have heard of these albums, and probably listened to a few songs mentioned, but just in case, keep reading!

A Very She & Him Christmas, She & Him (2011).

Opening with the above song, She & Him almost immediately feels like relaxing in bed with a cup of warm tea on a snowy night. Homely, simple, and twee, this album hits all the right marks if you're looking for a festive experience to conteract the loud, bright, celebration of other Christmas pop songs. There are few golden tracks here in which Zooey Deschanel's voice fits perfectly, and some covers that lack a little something - but in their defence, "The Christmas Song" is a difficult song to bring justice to, when Nat King Cole did such a fine job decades ago. Overall, if you're not hugely into the Christmas spirit yet, use this album as a booster, or if you just want to relax and not feel the pressure to be buzzed over the holidays constantly, this is the festive album for you.

Best tracks: Silver Bells, I'll Be Home For Christmas, Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree.

Silver & Gold, Sufjan Stevens (2012).

Sufjan's second Christmas album shows his true adoration of the holidays. Recorded between 2006-2010, this collection of songs is huge, with the album being split into five different sections. Sufjan performs both original and cover songs on this record, favoring the latter. Everything from "Ave Maria" to his own "Mr. Frosty Man" appears here, and even the most traditional songs on this record are made with an off-beat reflection which makes these songs his own, while some of his originals are brutally honest and depressing. This Christmas album provides more secular songs as well as a religious focus, but throughout one thing is clear - there is a huge love of Christmas. If you are looking for an record filled with love, a lot of talent and quirk, Silver & Gold (as well as Sufjan's 2009 "Songs for Christmas") has got you covered.

Best tracks: Silent Night, Auld Lang Syne, Joy To The World, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, We Need A Little Christmas, Justice Delivers Its Death, Christmas Unicorn.

Wrapped In Red, Kelly Clarkson (2013)

The album is beautifully pop and filled to the brim with well produced and well performed tracks. What makes this album so unique is that the original songs sound as though Kelly has been singing them for years at Christmastime - they match up to the classics she covers quite well. Not only are the songs great, but Kelly's voice is both smooth and powerful. With influences from "White Christmas" to Mariah Carey's first Christmas album "Merry Christmas", this record manages to be upbeat, catchy, bubbly, and feels completely at home among the best of festive albums.

Best tracks: Underneath The Tree, Every Christmas, Baby, It's Cold Outside, White Christmas.

Merry Christmas II You, Mariah Carey (2010)

It cannot be denied that Mariah Carey loves Christmas, she IS Christmas. Following on from her iconic "Merry Christmas", Mariah stays a vocal powerhouse and celebrates Christmas with a range of pop and R&B anthems. Mariah's festivity shines through on every song, especially on the more upbeat tracks here such as "Oh Santa!" and her revamped version of her most successful song "All I Want For Christmas Is You". The only place where the album falls flat is the last track, a cover of "Auld Lang Syne", which is styled in an incredibly corny way, even for the festive season; however, Mariah's vocals are a saving grace. Aside from that, Mariah's approach to Christmas once again is successful and, in her own words, "Extra Festive".

Best tracks: O Come All Ye Faithful, When Christmas Comes, The First Noel, All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive.

Christmas, Michael Bublé (2011)

This album will be Michael Bublé's legacy; an instant classic and with a universal appeal, this is the Christmas album you will never be able to avoid around the festive season. Michael gets it right on a lot of levels here - it's fun, it's well produced, it's catchy, and he has the voice to pull it all off. If you love Christmas, the holiday, rather than the religious theme, you'll love this album (though there is a "Silent Night" and an "Ave Maria", the good majority of the album is secular). The weakest moment is no doubt the hilariously no-homo version of "Santa Baby" (changed to "buddy", for all the bros out there), but when it's good, it's really good. I don't really need to write much about it, because you'll no doubt know it already.

Best tracks: It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.

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are you feeling Christmassy yet ONTD?