Top 10 Christmas Songs of All Time
You can only say so much about the best songs ever, so this is just a list of ten of my favorite songs from the past. Some are more traditional than others, but they all have two things in common: they’re good, and they’re Christmas songs.
1) Silent Night – It’s hard to write a really good song in one key, which is why most composers use three or four different keys within one song. But I think all of these songs are pretty good in their respective keys. The first one is also the best known Christmas song around the world: “Silent Night.” There’s a reason for that: it’s just wonderful.
2) Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Another classic, this one was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane back in 1943 as a follow-up to their hit Broadway musical Meet Me in St. Louis . This song has been recorded by hundreds of artists over the years, but it’s probably most famous for Frank Sinatra’s version on his 1957 album A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra . The song has even been used in movies like It’s A Wonderful Life and White Christmas , where it plays over the opening credits.
3) Little Drummer
Every year at Christmas time we hear the same songs and carols, but rarely do we take the time to find out where they came from. The following is a list of top 10 Christmas songs of all time that have stood the test of time, and are still considered to be classics.
1. Jingle Bells – written by James Lord Pierpont in 1857. It was originally written to be played on Thanksgiving, but is now considered a Christmas classic.
2. Silent Night – words were written by Father Joseph Mohr in 1816, and set to music by Franz Gruber in 1818. It has been translated into 300 languages worldwide.
3. Deck the Halls – this song dates back to before 1659, with its lyrics coming from an old Welsh New Year’s Eve song called “Nos Galan.”
4. Joy to the World – written by Isaac Watts in 1719 as an anthem for Easter, based on Psalm 98. It has been recorded by everyone from Whitney Houston to Frank Sinatra
5. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – first published in 1739 under the name “Hymn for Christmas-Day.” The lyrics have changed over time due to multiple people working on them including George Whitefield and
With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be scrambling to assemble the perfect Christmas playlist. In order to save you time and energy, we’ve assembled a list of our top 10 favorite holiday songs. From classics like “Frosty the Snowman” to contemporary hits like “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
1. “White Christmas” – Bing Crosby
2. “The Christmas Song” – Nat King Cole
3. “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” – Brenda Lee
4. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Andy Williams
5. “Jingle Bell Rock”- Bobby Helms
6. “All I Want For Christmas Is You”- Mariah Carey
7. “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer”- Gene Autry
8. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”- Frank Sinatra
9. “Last Christmas”- Wham!
10. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”- Frank Sinatra
1. Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes
This song is a festive classic, and a great way to start off the list. Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound is on full display here, with the Ronettes’ signature girl-group harmonies layered over a wide array of instruments, including sleigh bells. The lyrics are simple, but effective; picturesque in their description of a Christmas sleigh ride.
2. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
This song was written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono to promote peace during the Vietnam War. It was released as a single on 11th December 1971 in the USA, and 13th December 1971 in the UK. At the time of release it made it to number 4 in the Billboard Hot 100, and number 2 in the UK Singles Chart. It famously features backing vocals from New York’s Harlem Community Choir and orchestration by long-time Beatles producer George Martin.
3. Fairytale Of New York – The Pogues ft Kirsty MacColl
“Fairytale Of New York” has become a staple of radio stations at Christmas time since its release back in 1987. The song tells the story of an Irish immigrant couple living in New
What do you think of when you think of Christmas? Well, family, friends, and food are all things that probably come to mind. But what about the music? I think that Christmas music is the best part of this holiday season. The songs vary in style and feeling, depending on who wrote them and when they were written. In fact, some of the best Christmas songs were actually written by Jews!
As far as songwriters go, no one can beat Irving Berlin. He was one of the most prolific composers on Broadway and in Hollywood. In 1942 he wrote White Christmas for his movie Holiday Inn. This song about snow has become a classic and is often played in shopping malls during the holiday season. Bing Crosby croons along with a background choir to make this a real classic.
Jingle Bells is another classic song that has been around for over 100 years. This winter tune was originally written for Thanksgiving, but now it is more commonly associated with Christmas. It is one of the most popular songs ever written because it is so easy to sing along to and it has a great beat.
A great singer named Mariah Carey wrote All I Want For Christmas Is You while she was still in high school. The message here is that people don’t need
1. Joy to the World
The most popular Christmas song ever written, this hymn was composed in England by George Frederick Handel. It is based on the text of Psalm 98 and tells the story of Jesus’ birth.
Christmas is a magical time of year for so many people around the world. The music, the lights and the decorations all help to make Christmas a festive time for family and friends.