What Are the Top 10 Christmas Songs, EVER!
Wham!? You've Got To Be Kidding?
What are the top 10 Christmas songs, EVER!
Ask 100 people and you will get 100 answers. Of course, some songs will probably show up on virtually everybody’s list…songs with lyrics like “…it’s Christmas time in the city”, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas”, and “…sleep in heavenly peace”. Songs that bring back great memories, songs that warm your heart.
So, which are your top 10 favorites? We at WeAreJulian.Com did a little poll and, while we were not surprised by many of those that made the list, there were a few that we weren’t expecting! Here are the answers we got and we would love for you to weigh in and tell us which ones are a “hit” and which ones are a “miss” from your point-of-view:
CHRISTMAS TOP 10
10. “Blue Christmas”, by Elvis Presley
“Blue Christmas” was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The heart-broken tale of unrequited love during the holidays haslong been considered a Christmas staple of country music, and this popular example of that genre was recorded first by Doye O’Dell in 1948 and then popularized by Ernest Tubb the following year. Elvis Presley effectively made “Blue Christmas” a rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it in his signature style in 1957.
9. “ Last Christmas”, by Wham!
“Last Christmas” is a song by British pop duo Wham!, released on Epic Records in 1984, on a double A-side with “Everything She Wants”. It was written by George Michael, one half of the duo. The song has been covered by many artists throughout the years.
8. “Let It Snow!”, by Dean Martin
“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, was written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne in 1945 on one of the hottest days on record for Hollywood, CA. First recorded by Vaughn Monroe, it became a popular hit, reaching number one on the Billboard music chart the following year. One of the best-selling songs of all time, “Let It Snow!” has been covered countless times by many artists but, perhaps, most memorably by Dean Martin. Due to its seasonal lyrics, it is commonly regarded as a Christmas song. However, despite the song’s cheery, holiday feel, it is a love song that never mentions Christmas.
7. “Christmas Don’t Be Late”, by The Chipmunks
“The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)” was written by Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in 1958. Although it was written and sung by Bagdasarian, the singing credits are given to The Chipmunks, a fictitious singing group consisting of three chipmunks by the names of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore. The song won three Grammy Awards in 1958: Best Comedy Performance, Best Children’s Recording, and Best Engineered Record.
6. “Sleigh Ride”, by Debbie Gibson
“Sleigh Ride” is a popular light orchestral piece composed by Leroy Anderson. The composer had the original idea for the piece during a heat wave in July 1946; he finished the work in February 1948. Lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter’s day, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950. The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra.
5. “Santa Baby”, by Eartha Kitt
“Santa Baby” was originally recorded by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra in New York City on October 6, 1953.The song was a huge hit for Kitt, and she later said that it was one of her favorite songs to record; she reprised it in the 1954 film “New Faces”.(Madonna’s popular rendition for the 1987 charity album A Very Special Christmas is based on this latter version.)
4. “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, by Gene Autry
“Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” was created by Robert L. May as a coloring book character for the retailer, Montgomery Ward. May’s brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, decided to adapt the story of Rudolph into a song. Marks was a radio producer and wrote several popular Christmas songs. The song was first sung commercially by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in early November, 1949, before Gene Autry released it on November 25th, creating a major seasonal hit that has since filtered into the popular consciousness of many generations.
3: “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, by Perry Como
“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” is a classic Christmas song written in 1951 by Meredith Willson. The song has been recorded by many artists, but was officially made a hit by Perry Como and The Fontane Sisters with Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra on September 10, 1951. Bing Crosby recorded a version on October 1, 1951, which was also widely played.
2: ” Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, by Judy Garland
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” was introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 MGM musical “Meet Me in St. Louis”. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics, which has become more common than the original. The song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane.
1: “The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), by Nat King Cole
“The Christmas Song” (commonly subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” or, as it was originally subtitled, “Merry Christmas to You”) is a classic Christmas song written in 1944 by musician, composer, and vocalist Mel Tormé, with Bob Wells. The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946. At Cole’s behest — and over the objections of his label, Capitol Records — a second recording was made the same year utilizing a small string section and it was this version that became a massive hit on both the pop and R&B charts. Cole again recorded the song in 1953, using the same arrangement with a full orchestra conducted by Nelson Riddle, and again in 1961, in a stereophonic version with an orchestra conducted by Ralph Carmichael.