Released back in 1987 when a pop Christmas album was the exception rather than the rule, this compilation-for-charity set a standard that still is pretty hard to beat today. How many charity albums can you name that had heavyweights like U2, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Whitney Houston, etc, while also introducing people to rap's first Christmas song courtesy of Run DMC? To show it's significance compare the album to its sequels; by the time AVSC 5 came out in 2001 the album was filled with the likes of Eve 6, City High, SR-71(?), and so on; not quite the same A-listers. Not to mention AVSC's songs have become classics over the years; U2's Christmas (Please Come Home), Eurythmics' Winter Wonderland, Stevie Nicks' Silent Night, etc. all get regular airplay every Christmas.
In a bit of revisionist history, Bon Jovi's live pop-metal version of Back Door Santa was replaced in later editions by the gentler and more melodic I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas; it's inclusion actually fits in better as the original song was probably the weak point of the album.
The songs have scattered to various collections in the two decades since; if you've bought Christmas compilations over the years chances are you'll own some of this music already. But if you want the first and best Christmas cd from where these songs originated, this is a must for your holiday collection.