Record companies like to exaggerate with their titles but although this is not the strongest compilation of Christmas songs, it is a fascinating collection on which you can find great songs that don't get included very often on such compilations – and that's why I bought it.
There are some big UK hits here, including All I want for Christmas is you (Mariah Carey), Last Christmas (Wham), Power of love (Frankie goes to Hollywood), Stop the cavalry (Jona Lewie) and Merry Christmas everyone (Shaking Stevens). Another big hit, It's gonna be a cold cold Christmas (Dana) rarely finds its way on to these compilations and it's great to find it included. Other important tracks include I met an angel on Christmas day (Celine Dion), Ay ay ay it's Christmas (Ricky Martin), Love on Layaway (Gloria Estefan), This is the time (Michael Bolton and Wynonna), When my heart finds Christmas (Harry Connick Jr), I don't need anything this Christmas (Shawn Colvin) and This is Christmas (Luther Vandross). Elsewhere, there are plenty of traditional Christmas classics by a variety of singers. However, my favorites among the many superb tracks here are Secret of Christmas (Julie Andrews) and the two Cyndi Lauper tracks (Feels like Christmas, Early Christmas morning).
This is a very uplifting Christmas compilation, typical in some ways from many of the British double CD's of Christmas music, yet distinct from them. You could buy any of the more hit-laden collections as well as this because there won't be much duplication.