As the first snow recently started dropping the base layer on ski resorts across the country, we all know that the Yuletide season is here. Christmas would never be the same without our loved ones and, of course, our favorite holiday music. Everyone has their favorite holiday tunes. Here are the most popular of them all. Are any of yours on our list? Incidentally, all of these great songs are accessible on internet radio. There are also websites where you can download Christmas songs and make a really unique and original list this year.
All I Want for Christmas Is You – Written and performed by none other than Mariah Carey, this song has been a favorite holiday song for some time. It’s an up beat love song that has a combination of traditional musical beats with pop music, it depicts a woman that is missing her beloved companion during the Christmas season. It was recreated by Ms. Carey this season on her album “Merry Christmas II You” and is now considered a Christmas classic that has enjoyed perennial sales. It has been sung by various artists and has reached top positions outside the United States. Unlike many other holiday songs, it has sold numerous copies with over a million downloads. Since its release, it has been on the top of the charts each Christmas season.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – This carol was controversial when it was first released in the nineteen fifties when the Catholic Church in Boston had questions regarding its implications and applicability to the Christmas holiday. Nevertheless, the ban was lifted after its singer, Jimmy Body, explained to the church officials the real meaning of the song. Subsequently, it was popularized by Michael Jackson. who recorded another version of the song during his teenage years.
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – We first heard this from Judy Garland back in the nineteen forties when it was played in the movie musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”. In the movie, it was sung by Esther, played by Judy, for Tootsie, played by Margaret O’Brien, on Christmas Eve before their family left for New York for their father’s job promotion. Since then, it has been a song of encouragement to spread cheer during the holiday season. This holiday favorite can be easily accessed on your favorite internet radio station.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – This song is often considered one of America’s most well known Christmas carols. It was first recorded by Bing Crosby, and was a top 10 hit. Since that time, it has become part of the holiday music tradition. The song was first recorded for World War II soldiers who never made it home for Christmas.
Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire – The original intention of this song was not for Christmas. In fact, it was written in a hot summer. It was only written to get over the humid summer by “thinking cool to stay cool”. Nat King Cole was the song’s original recording artist. Since that time, several versions renditions been recorded from around the world, and it has become a favorite Christmas song.
These Christmas songs continue to be holiday favorites, and will most likely make it to the top of the holiday list this year.