Give someone the gift of music this Christmas, and you'll be in their good books for months to come.

Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gift for the music lover in your life? You can't go wrong with a classic album, or 12.

Whether you're after growling blues, foot-stomping rock or Kate Bush's long-awaited live performance, we've got a dozen classic albums that fit the bill as great Christmas gift ideas. Why not pick up one for yourself while you're at it?

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Before the Dawn - Kate Bush

Fans had to wait decades for Bush to perform live again, so the two-year wait for this album of those performances seems brief in comparison. This three-CD box set brings together live performances from Bush's 22-date run at the Hammersmith Odeon in 2014. The 32-track collection includes classics like Running Up That Hill, Among Angels, and Never Be Mine, which was never actually performed before an audience during her stint at the Odeon.

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Views - Drake

Hotline Bling was one of the tracks of the summer, thanks in no small part to that Timmy Thomas sample. But Drake's album has plenty more going for it. Tracks like One Dance (which was number one in the UK for 15 consecutive weeks) and Feel No Ways have made Views a staple on the What Hi-Fi? office stereo.

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Blue & Lonesome - The Rolling Stones

With a ton of hit records under their belts, numerous sold-out tours and more money than they know what to do with, you might wonder what The Rolling Stones have to be blue about. But, their first studio album in over a decade, sees them return to their blues roots, playing songs by the likes of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon and Howlin' Wolf.

To give it a spontaneous feel, it was recorded in just three days in British Grove Studios in West London, just a short distance from where the Stones started out playing pubs and clubs. Old pal Eric Clapton even guests on some tracks.

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Konnichiwa - Skepta

Skepta is credited as the man behind grime's current resurgence - whether he wants that mantle or not is another question - and Konnichiwa is testament that the scene is ineed alive and kicking. With a collaboration with Wiley (on a track produced by Pharrell Williams), and an endorsement from label stablemate Drake, he's certainly going places. 

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You Want it Darker - Leonard Cohen

The late, great Leonard Cohen's 14th studio album features musings on death, God and humour. Recorded in his lounge while he was suffering from multiple fractures of the spine, it's more sparse than his earlier work, but fans of his acoustic work will love it.

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Atomic - Mogwai

This album was produced as a soundtrack to Mark Cousins' BBC Four documentary Atomic: Living in Dread and Promise, but it's a terrific standalone album too. Guest appearances include Luke Sutherland, Sophie, Robert Newth, and former The God Machine's Robin Proper-Sheppard. Another staple on the What Hi-Fi? office stereo.

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Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 - Jack White

This two-CD set is jam-packed with unreleased material, as well as versions of songs released as The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and as a solo artist. The 26 tracks are arranged in chronological order, and include the classic City Lights.

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Hell or High Water Soundtrack - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis

Nick Cave and Warren Ellis' soundtrack to modern western Hell or High Water is a haunting listen, which is fitting, given the film's subject matter. As well as songs by Cave and Ellis, it includes classic country tracks by Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Waylon Jennings.

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A Sailor's Guide to Earth - Sturgill Simpson

Simpson's third studio album was nominated for both Best Country Album and Album of the Year at the Grammys. Not many people could pull off a cover of Nirvana's In Bloom, but in Simpson's hands it becomes a moving tribute to Kurt Cobain. This is always one of the first discs we reach for when testing new kit - praise doesn't come much higher than that. 

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Hopelessness - Anohni

Dance music isn't known for its political messages, but Anohni's latest album looks to change that. Visceral protests are the order of the day, but as former lead of Anthony and the Johnsons, Anohni knows a thing or two about how to carry a tune, too. It ensures the melodies are never overwhelmed by the heavy political commentary.

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4Ever - Prince

This two-CD best of contains 40 of Prince's biggest hits, including 1999, Red Corvette and Raspberry Beret. If you don't own these, it's time to right that wrong.

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Legacy - David Bowie

Another two-CD best of, this includes Space Oddity, Changes, Life on Mars, Rebel Rebel, Young Americans, Sound and Vision, and more. Stick it on after Christmas lunch and watch all generations of your family tap their feet in approval.

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