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10 Famous Christmas Songs Forever

Christmas is a time for celebration with songs and also they are known as Christmas carols....

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One of the most important aspects of Christmas celebration are Christmas songs. These Famous Christmas songs have beautiful lyrics which capture the spirit of Christmas in the best way. The festivity, happiness, joy of Christmas all are there in the Christmas songs. However, there are certain famous Christmas songs which have grown popular over the ages.
Popular Christmas carols symbolize everything that Christmas stands for: They gather the family, bring joy, spread the word about Christmas, and make everyone feel the Christmas spirit.

1. Silent Night, The world’s most widely known Christmas carol is ”Silent Night”, which is sung in many languages all over most of the globe. The song originates from Austria, but enjoyed great recognition as early as the First World War, when soldiers on each side of the frontline laid down their weapons on Christmas Eve and sung the carol, “Silent Night”, across no man’s land.

2. White Christmas by Bing Crosby, Many people probably also think about modern songs like ”White Christmas”, when they think of Christmas carols.

This 8 line song that paints a picture of holiday nostalgia was written by Irving Berlin. It was originally about a New Yorker stranded in sunny California during Christmas. Bing recorded it for the movie Holiday Inn with the Kim Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra on May 29, 1942 in 18 minutes (Crosby starred in the movie with Fred Astaire). The song went on to win the Best Song Academy Award of 1942.

3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with Coming changed to Comin') is a Christmas song. It was written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and over 400,000 copies sold by Christmas. The song is often used to tell children that Santa knows when they've been bad or good and that they should be good.

4. Winter Wonderlan Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith, "Winter Wonderland" is a Christmas time pop standard written in 1934 by Felix Bernard (composer) and Richard B. Smith (lyricist).

Dick Smith, a native of Honesdale, Pennsylvania, was reportedly inspired to write the song after seeing Honesdale's Central Park covered in snow. As well as the house he grew up in during the holidays, you can see a cut placed in the window depicting Mr. Smith as a child (information from a relative). Mr. Smith had written the lyrics while in the West Mountain Sanitarium, being treated for tuberculosis, better known back then as consumption. The West Mountain Sanitarium is located off N. Sekol Ave. in Scranton, PA.

 

5. Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry, was created by a Montgomery Ward employee in 1939, for the company. Johnny Marks decided to adapt the character to a song, which pretty much made it an instant hit - he was responsible for other Christmas songs like I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and A Holly Jolly Christmas. Although it was first sung by Harry Brannon, but the 1949 Gene Autry version is probably the one you know and love (or loathe, depending).

6. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, The song Jingle Bells is arguably one of the most famous American Christmas songs, was originally written for Thanksgiving! It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and copyrighted under the title 'One Horse Open Sleigh' on September 16, 1857 for children celebrating his Boston Sunday School Thanksgiving. The song was so popular that it was repeated at Christmas, and indeed Jingle Bells has been reprised ever since.

7. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
– Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", also known as "Let It Snow", is a song written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in 1945. It was written in July 1945 in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record. Jessica Simpson's version, recorded for her Rejoyce: The Christmas Album in 2004 (see 2004 in music) and produced by Billy Mann, was the album's first single, and made the top twenty of the Adult Contemporary chart. The Italian singer Irene Grandi recorded in 2008 a personal version, sung in English. Connie Talbot recorded the song on her 2008 Christmas Album.

The song was also covered by Vonda Shepard in 2000 for Ally McBeal, on the album A Very Ally Christmas and Celtic Woman in the 2006 album A Christmas Celebration.

8. Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, "Jingle Bell Rock" is the name of a popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas time since then. "Jingle Bell Rock" was written by Joe Beal (1900–1967), a Massachusetts-born public relations man, and Jim Boothe (1917–1976), a Texas writer in the advertising business.

9. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, Buck Ram,"I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, written by Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent.

In 1943, this song joined "White Christmas" to become one of America's most popular holiday songs. The recording by Bing Crosby shot to the top ten of the record charts that year and became a holiday musical tradition in the United States. The idea of being home for Christmas originated in World War I when soldiers at first thought that the war would be quick and they would return by Christmastime. This inevitably did not happen, hence the line "if only in my dreams".

10. Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives, This was written by songwriter Johnny Marks, who had already written the Christmas classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," a song that proved so popular the stop-motion animators at Rankin-Bass created a half-hour TV special to expand on the song. Ives was brought in for star power, to play the narrator, Sam the Snowman, and take over several songs originally slated for the character of Yukon Cornelius. One was "Silver And Gold," and this was the other.

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only instrumental song among the most popular Christmas songs is in eleventh place, Sleigh Ride first recorded by the Boston Pops. Of the top 25 most popular Christmas Songs, Johnny Marks stands out as the clear favorite among composers. He wrote Rudolph and two others in the top 20 most popular Christmas songs, Holly Jolly Christmas, and Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

 


 
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