Scrolling through Instagram the last few days, I realized just how few of the young kids know the olden Christmas songs (Gosh, I sound ancient when I say it like that). In any case, I thought it would be a great idea to revisit eleven of the classic Christmas songs that define the festive culture. As an added bonus, I have included a list of Christmas carols and truly festive music to put you in the right mood for this festive season.
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So, grab a cup of your favorite coffee (mine is Organo Gold), and let’s get right to it.
Favourite Classic Christmas Songs
1) Walking in a winter wonderland
Written by Felix Barnard in 1934, this song has seen many of your favourite artists covering it. From Johnny Mathis in 1958, Dean Martin in 1959, Elvis Presley in 1971, to Michael Buble (obviously) in 2011, and most recently Megan Trainer in 2020. However, there are many more covers and renditions of the song out there. My favourite will always be Elvis Presley’s rendition of this Holiday classic (but that’s just because the King has always had a special place in my heart).
2) The Christmas Song
This song was written by the lyricist, Robert Wells, in 1945. The melodic blissfulness of the song brings a sense of nostalgia whenever it starts chiming. The Nat King Cole rendition of The Christmas Song (1961) is possibly the most well-known version of the song. However, numerous artists have since created their own covers of the song over the years. Most notably (or well, my favourite of the newer covers) is Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello’s version of 2020.
3) We need a little Christmas
This song is quite possibly the least-known song on this list, first made its appearance in Jerry Herman’s Broadway musical Mame (1966). I stumbled upon this song in 2019 by accident, and it has since been a go-to song when I need a quick spurt of Christmas spirit. One of the only covers that I know of the song is the cover performed by the cast members of Glee, which was included on the Glee Christmas album of 2010.
4) All I want for Christmas is you
You cannot think about classic Christmas music without having Maria Carey’s All I want for Christmas (1994) blurting through your mind. This year has even seen the emergence of a new Instagram trend with this song. I will share a little more on this trend once we get to the Instagram post mentioned in the original Blogmas post. This is a natural feel-good song, that is probably the core inspiration of those cheesy Hallmark movies that we hate to love.
5) Santa Clause is coming to town
Well, folks! It’s not Christmas if Michael Bublè hasn’t made his appearance yet, and Santa Clause is coming to town is probably one of his best Christmas songs. It is such an easy to listen to song, that get’s your head bobbing and your imagination bustling the moment the music starts. By no means was he the first person to sing the song. His version only came out in 2011, however, his version is one of the most popular versions. This song was written in 1934 by J. Fred Coots and has since been covered by over 200 artists, including Niel Diamond, Maria Carey, Frank Sinatra and Bind Crosby.
6) Last Christmas
There are a few songs you would associate with Wham! and this would definitely be one of them. Last Christmas was released in 1984 and was written by George Michael. Since its release, the song has managed to stay relevant throughout the years with the song currently (December 2021) holding the number 3 position on the Official Singles Chart Top 100.
7) Jingle Bell Rock
Probably one of the most iconic scenes in Mean Girls (2004) includes Jingle Bell Rock, a song performed by Bobby Helms in 1957. The song has also been used in 1987, in Lethal Weapon, and 1992, in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
- A Holly Jolly Christmas
- Christmas, Baby Please Come Home
- Santa Baby
Favourite Christmas Carols
A staple for every Christmas-loving person is the Christmas Carols that tend to get stuck in your head at this time of the year. With the catchy verses and melodies that are more often than not very cheerful and bright, they are bound to lift the mood of kindred spirits and Grinches alike. I even created a playlist for you.
- Jingle Bells – Frank Sinatra
- I wish you a merry Christmas – Bing Crosby
- The 12 Days of Christmas – Bing Crosby
- Joy to the World – Pentatonix
- O Christmas Tree – Boney M
- Little Drummer Boy – Boney M
- Hark! The Harold Angels sing – Celtic Women
- Carol of the Bells – Libera
- Angels From the Realms of Glory – The Piano Guys
- O come all ye faithful – Pentatonix
That’s it for the classic Christmas song list. These are just a couple of my favorite Christmas songs and carols with themes across the board. Enjoy the festive season, embrace the Christmas music and sing along as often as you can.
Until next time.
The Magnetic Compass