With the Christmas season in full swing, a few festive tunes are an essential part of setting the mood. Whether it's for the office party, or just to enjoy while you're at home, there's a playlist or album to fit the bill. We've put together a list of the best Yuletide selections currently available on Apple Music, so you can be very merry this Christmas.

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Christmas Crackers playlist

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If you're looking for a mixture of old and new, then this fifty song playlist by Apple should have what you're after. From Mariah Carey's 'All I want for Christmas is you', to Perry Como's 'Winter Wonderland' there's a fair breadth of classics and fun favourites that will have you singing along, no matter how stressful the shopping is proving.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Christmas Crackers

NOW Christmas: Xmas Hits for All the Family

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The NOW compilation albums have been around for a very long time, and yet their popularity shows no signs of abating. That's not surprising when you look at the excellent collection of tunes found on this playlist: 71 in all, which lasts for just under four hours of playtime.

This means you can cook the turkey while enjoying the Pogues, Wham!, Slade, Bing Crosby, and a heavenly host of others. Tasty!

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Now Christmas

Classical Christmas

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If Christmas crooning and festive frippery are not to your taste, then the more elegant delights of a classical compilation might be a tempting proposition. This playlist features a variety of orchestral and choral favourites that will bring some much-needed peace to the frantic end-of-year madness.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Classical Christmas

Michael Buble - Christmas

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There are few voices as smooth as that of Michael Buble, and on his Christmas album he floats it over classics such as 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas', 'White Christmas', and 'I'll be home for Christmas'. The word mellifluous was invented for this album.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Michael Buble

Sia - Everyday is Christmas

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It's not just old songs that get an outing in December, as Sia proves with this new collection of original seasonal tunes. The tone of the album is upbeat and fun, with plenty of lively entries that could become standards over the next few years.

You'll find tubular bells and jingle bells in the background, so it still feels like Christmas. Just an up-to-date one.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Sia

The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection

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Those that prefer a little more groove in their yuletide music will be right at home with this wonderful Motown collection. The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and a wealth of other stars shine brightly, making it an album any wise men (or women) will want to follow.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Motown

A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe

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If you haven't yet sampled the unique delights of Pentatonix, then this Christmas album is a great place to start. The mixture of hymns, crooner classics, and jolly old seasonal tunes gives the acapella group the perfect stage for their finely honed vocal harmonies. Wonderful stuff.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Pentatonix

Essential Carols - The Very Best of King's College, Cambridge

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Christmas wouldn't be complete without a few carols, and this selection sung by the Choir of King's College, Cambridge is a fine way to celebrate the occasion. All the usual suspects are here - Once in Royal David's City, Away in a Manger, Hark! The Herald - plus a number of other offerings that are sure to stir the soul and lift the spirits as the year draws to a close.

Best Christmas music on Apple Music: Essential Carols

Hopefully this selection of albums and playlists will be just the soundtrack you need to get through the festive season. From all at Macworld, we hope you have a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas.