It’s the season to be jolly, and no matter how you choose to spend the holidays, there is no way to avoid Christmas songs. Apparently we can’t avoid them either, because we touched the subject once before, but by popular request, some other songs ended up on the list. You know very well that supermarkets (or stores of any kind, for that matter), public transportation, television stations and even the Internet are full of seasonal songs, whether they be traditional carols, or modern pop / rock adaptations, you simply cannot avoid them through December. But what are ten of the best popular holiday-themed songs out there? Let’s have a look and see.
1. Jingle Bells
Do we even need to explain that? From the North Pole to the South, all around the world, Jingle Bells has been translated and adapted in numerous languages, but very few people actually know it was composed as a Thanksgiving song. Nevertheless, it has become one of the most recognizable and international symbols for Christmas worldwide making it one of the best popular Christmas songs ever.
2. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Yet another popular carol, describing the increasing amount of exuberant presents received by the singer over twelve days of Christmas. Leaving aside the materialistic issues, the song is fun, optimistic and festive, which earns it a place in our list.
3. Jingle Bell Rock
Leaving the world of carols, and taking a look at rock’n’roll, we find our next popular Christmas hit. First released in 1958 by Bobby Helms, it has since then gotten airplay every single year around December and has become synonymous to the holiday itself. Since its release, it has been covered by other bands, and even used in holiday movies and television shows.
4. Santa baby
This one you may know from our past list, but let’s admit it, it is one of the best popular Christmas songs we just love to listen to every time. You’ve all heard it at least once in your life. The 1953 Christmas hit by Joan Javits is, among other things, one of the few holiday hits written by a woman. It’s been aired relentlessly, and covered by more artists than fit in one article (to name just a few, LeAnn Rimes, The Pussycat Dolls, Miss Piggy from the Muppets, and Calista Flockhart in an episode of Ally McBeal). It is basically a huge Christmas list sung by a woman who wants extravagant gifts.
5. All I want for Christmas is You
The hit song by Mariah Carey has quickly become one of the most popular tunes to play for the holiday season. Although it is fundamentally a love-song, it is Christmas themed and therefore has a place on this list, due to popularity and because, let’s admit it – it IS a beautiful song. Who wouldn’t like to hear that somebody prefers them over gifts and decorations?
6. I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas
The song was written by Irving Berlin and brought to fame by acclaimed musician Bing Crosby. If the Guiness Book of World Records is any authority, “White Christmas” is the best selling single of all times, with estimated sales of over 50 (yes, that’s FIFTY) million copies worldwide. Next time you hear it in a supermarket, remember you’re listening to a piece of music history.
7. Let it Snow!
Because it has no specific references to Christmas, this song is regarded as a universal celebration of winter holidays, regardless of religion. Just like the previous song, it comes from the `40s and was paradoxically written in California on one of the hottest days on record. It is also one of the best selling singles of all times.
8. Santa Claus is coming to Town
Written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, it quickly became a hit and a traditional standard at Christmas time. It’s been recorded and covered numerous times, one of the most famous versions being Frank Sinatra’s cover from 1948.
9. Have yourself a merry little Christmas
This song was first introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 musical “Meet me in St. Louis” and was later recorded by Frank Sinatra with slightly modified lyrics – his version becoming more common than the original.
10. It’s the most wonderful time of the year
The last (but not least) Christmas song on our list was written in 1963 by Edward Pola and George Wyle, and recorded by pop artist Andy Williams. The song is a joyful, playful description of Christmas-related activities for the entire family.
We truly hope we provided you with a very good selection of best popular Christmas songs to enjoy during the holidays and share with your loved ones and if you have other suggestions, we’re tuning to them!