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Which song will come up to your mind when Christmas is coming?
Is it Jingle Bell or We Wish You A Merry Christmas?
Everyone has their special memory of a certain Christmas song.
What’s your favorite Christmas song?
Which holiday song is the one that you will never forget on Christmas?
This time we are going to share a list of classic Christmas songs of all time.
Will you be familiar with some of the songs?
Let’s enjoy the classic Christmas music online, or you can directly add these classic Christmas songs to your party playlist via the free download links.
1. Jingle Bells
“Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh
Jingle bells, Jingle bells, Jingle all the way
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one-horse open sleigh”
“Jingle Bells” was written by James Lord Pierpont. It became one of the most performed and most recognizable secular holiday songs ever written, not only in the United States but around the world. In recognition of this achievement, James was voted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
What’s more, the song was the first song has been played out of the space, in a Christmas-themed prank by Gemini 6 astronauts Tom Stafford and Wally Schirra.
2. When Christmas Comes To Town
“And all the dreams of children
Once lost will all be found
That’s all I want
When Christmas comes to town”
“When Christmas Comes To Town” is a classic Christmas song written by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, which was performed by Matthew Hall and Meagan Moore (as Billy and Hero Girl respectively) in The Polar Express.
In the song, Hero Girl sings about the joys of Christmas while Billy sings about he has never been able to experience these joys. The simple lyric shows the innocence of children and their hope, Santa Claus is on his way.
3. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
“We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a happy New Year”
In 1935, Oxford University Press published an elaborate four-part choral arrangement by Arthur Warrell under the title “A Merry Christmas”, describing the piece as a “West Country Traditional Song”.
The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve.
4. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
“You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is comin’ to town”
It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie. The old classic Christmas song was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934.
It became a hit with orders of 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours. Besides, the song has been covered by over 200 artists.
This song by Carpenters is one of the most well-known versions. Every child hopes Santa Clause brings them gifts every Christmas Eve when they are sleeping.
5. Silent Night
“Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild”
“Silent Night” is a popular Christmas carol. It was composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber and the lyrics by Joseph Mohr. It was declared as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.
This song has been recorded by a large number of singers from every music genre. In addition, the carol has been translated to about 140 languages.
6. O Holy Night
“Fall on your knees
O hear the angel voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born”
“O Holy Night” is a classic Christmas carol. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.
Celine Dion released her version of “O Holy Night” in 2004, and it was voted the most popular one.
The lyric reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity’s redemption. Celine Dion’s version will make you feel like listening to a beautiful story.
7. This is the Time
“And this is the time when the cold winds blow
When the snow falls from Heaven on the dreamers below
This is the time when I need to know
That your love will always be mine”
“This is the Time” is an album by Michael Bolton, released on October 1, 1996. It’s Bolton’s first Christmas album.
The album was released during Christmas time but missed the top 10 hits only got No.11. The total sales of the album have reached one million copies in the US.
Christmas is a day different from any other day of the year. We say good-bye to the past year and say Hi to the new one. If you want to express your love to someone, this day will be a nice choice. What’s your opinion?
8. Do They Know It’s Christmas
“Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Feed the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again
Heal the world, let them know it’s Christmas time again”
The single was released in the United Kingdom on 3 December 1984.
It entered the UK Singles Chart at No.1 and stayed for 5 weeks, became the No.1 Christmas song of 1984.
The song was also a major success around the world, reached No.1 in 13 other countries outside the UK.
9. When a Child is Born
“It’s all a dream, an illusion now
It must come true, sometime soon somehow
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born”
“When a Child is Born” is a popular Christmas song. The original melody was “Soleado”, a tune from 1974 by Ciro Dammicco.
The English language lyrics were written a few years later by Fred Jay. Fred’s lyrics have been sung by many artists, most successfully by Johnny Mathis.
10. Last Christmas
“Last Christmas, I gave you my heart
But the very next day you gave it away
This year, to save me from tears
I’ll give it to someone special”
The song was originally written and produced by George Michael.
As of November 25, 2016, the total sales of the digital track in the US stand at 751,000 copies. According to Nielsen SoundScan, it got No.10 on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas / holiday digital singles in US history.
Have you ever given your heart to someone at Christmas? Or, has someone showed his love to you on that day? What’s the end of the story? Would you like to share your memory with me?
11. Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
“Rockin' around the Christmas tree
At the Christmas party hop
Mistletoe hung where you can see
Every couple tries to stop”
The song was written by Johnny Marks. When the artist, Brenda Lee recorded the song in 1958, she was only 13 years old. In the last 60 years, it has sold over 25 million copies. The song has been one of the all-time best-selling Christmas songs since it rose to fame in 1960.
12. Christmas, Baby Please Come Home
“The snow's coming down
I'm watching it fall
Lots of people around
Baby please come home”
Darlene Love, the artist who recorded the Christmas song in 1963, was dubbed as “The Queen of Christmas”. The song is about expectations that the loved one would come home to celebrate Christmas with her. The sheer vocal power and the repeated “please” in the last verse express her sincere hopes.
13. A Holly Jolly Christmas
“Have a holly, jolly Christmas
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer”
Written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Burl Ives in 1964, “A Holly Jolly Christmas” is one of the most-performed Christmas songs. The singer asks you to celebrate the holy holiday to your heart’s content. Mistletoe is everywhere. Don’t forget to greet your friends.
14. We Need a Little Christmas
“Haul out the holly
Put up the tree before my spirit falls again
Fill up the stocking
I may be rushing things, but deck the halls again now”
Performed by Angela Lansbury in 1966, “We Need a Little Christmas” is a popular Christmas song originally from the Broadway musical Mame. Sure, we need a little Christmas to cheer ourselves up, no matter what hardship we’ve had.
15. Must Be Santa
“Who's got a beard that's long and white?
Santa's got a beard that's long and white
Who comes around on a special night?
Santa comes around on a special night”
“Must Be Santa” was written by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks, and was first recorded by Mitch Miller in 1960. The song features a “call and answer” structure. Our Santa with a long and white beard will come in boots and red suits. Are you ready?
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