Christmas albums are not known for their subtlety or restraint, but Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta’s long-awaited reunion, This Christmas (out November 13), lifts festive kitsch to previously unimagined heights. Let’s start with the high-art cover. It finds the Rydell High graduates sipping cocoa from fancy cups, surrounded by a sea of presents and decorations. They appear to be joined at the head – probably due to John’s toupee getting stuck in Olivia’s weave. (Juuuuuust kidding.) And then there’s the guestlist – This Christmas features cameos from Yuletide staples like Barbra Streisand and Kenny G. The iconic duo has even recorded a new song called “I Think You Might Like It”, which is billed as a sequel to “You’re The One That I Want”. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving!
If quirky Christmas albums put you in the holiday mood, why not flip through our roundup of 13 slightly odd Yuletide LPs in the gallery above?