Top 20 Christmas Songs

By Kassi Lynd on November 21, 2012

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and it is just around the corner! Christmas is my favorite Holiday, and no not because of the presents, but because of family and friends getting together. One of the best things about this holiday is listening to Christmas music. While shopping or sitting at home, I am always playing Christmas music and singing along with it. I come up with my list of the 20 best Christmas Songs of all time that one needs to listen to this holiday season.

 

20. Carol of the Bells

This song is a popular Christmas Carol composed by Mykola and lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a folk chant in Ukrainian and is a four-note motif that has been arranged many times for different genres, styles and settings. It has been sung by artists of many genres such as classical, metal, jazz, rock, and pop. This piece has also been used in many Christmas films and television shows.

19. Twelve Days Of Christmas

This popular Christmas song is an English Christmas Carol. The song is a series of gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas. The song was first published in England in 1780 and it may have a French origin. Even though I cannot always remember the twelve days of Christmas, it is a lovely song that I always find myself singing along to.

18. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

This Christmas song is a popular secular sixteenth-century English Carol. This song is often the last ones that carolers sing to people when Christmas caroling.

17. The First Noel

The First Noel is a traditional English carol that is from the 18th Century. Noel comes from the word Noël meaning “Christmas”. The melody consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain, which is a variation on that phrase. All three phrases end on the third of the scale. It has a wonderful musical structure to it along with gorgeous words to sing to bring on the Christmas spirit.

 16. Jingle Bell Rock

Every time I hear this song it reminds me of the talent show performance in Mean Girls. Bobby Helms originally sang this popular Christmas song in 1957. Despite the name “rock” in the title, it was performed in the style called “Rockabilly” which sounds more country today. This song is upbeat and definitely gets you in the Christmas mood.

 15. Nuttin’ for Christmas

Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett wrote this awesome Christmas song. It became a hit in 1955 after it was on the pop charts from five different artists. I remember singing this song as a child with my friends joking around with my parents how this year I will also be getting Nuttin’ for Christmas since I have been bad.

14. White Christmas

This is an Irving Berlin song about the old-fashioned Christmas setting. The Guinness Book of World Records says that White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. It is unknown the exact year the song was written; some have estimated 1940.

13. Jingle Bells

This classic Christmas song dates back over 150 years. It was written by James Lord Pierpont and copyrighted in 1857. I remember as a kid coming up with different versions of this song and yelling it loudly around the playground…oh good times. A fun fact about this song is that in the original version the word “jingle” was intended to be used as an imperative verb and not an actual type of bell.

12. Deck The Halls

In the 18th Century, Mozart used the tune to “Deck The Halls” for a piano and violin duet. The song is Welsh and dates back to the 1700s. Different cultures have their own versions of the song and some have made completely different songs to the same tune. Therefore, this song is very popular worldwide.

 11. Joy To The World

The words are by Isaac Watts and Lowell Mason arranged the music. Some of the most popular recordings are from the 1950′s.

 10. Silent Night

This song originated in 1818 in a small church in Austria. Pastor Josef Mohr wrote a poem a few years earlier and he decided that his poem would make a great song. He went to Franz Xavier Gruber who wrote the music for the song and the congregation sang it on Christmas Eve.

 9. Last Christmas

This song is by British pop duo Wham! and released in 1984 to Epic Records. It was written by George Michael and has been covered by many artists throughout the years.

 8. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

This is an American Christmas song, both the music and lyrics written by Tommie Connor. Jimmy Boyd was the original recording in July 1952. The song’s lyrics describes the scene when a child sneaks downstairs from his/her bedroom to find his/her mommy kissing “Santa Claus.”

7. Dominick the Donkey

Ray Allen, Sam Saltzberg, and Wangra Merell wrote this Christmas song. The song was recorded in 1960 and it is about a donkey that helps Santa Claus bring gifts to the children in Italy.

6. Let It Snow

This song was originally written and composed in 1945, though it was not intended to be a Christmas song. It was written as a love song, but due to its snowy cheerfulness, over time it has become a popular song to listen to at Christmastime. This song was also #1 on the Billboard charts in the 1940s. I love this song for its upbeat tune and very cute chorus.

 5. Frosty The Snowman

I love the magical Christmas character of Frosty. Jack Nelson and Steve Rollins wrote the song in 1950 after being inspired by “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer”. Gene Autry first sang the song that brought it to life to so many Christmas lovers.

 4. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

This is a classic Christmas song that was written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson. Originally the title was “It’s Beginning to Look Like Christmas”. Many different artists have recorded it over the years.

 3. You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch

This is a Christmas song that was originally written for the 1966 cartoon of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel wrote the lyrics and the music was composed by Albert Hague. Thurl Ravenscroft first performed it. The song’s lyrics describe the Grinch as being foul, bad-mannered, and sinister, using increasingly creative metaphors and synonyms, beginning with the opening line “you’re a mean one, Mister Grinch”. The song has six verses and people love to sing along during the holiday season.

2. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth

This is a novelty Christmas song that was written in 1944 by Donals Yetter Gardner. He asked his second grade class what they wanted for Christmas and he noticed that most of the students in his class had at least one of their front teeth missing and when giving him and answer they talked with a lisp. Gardner took that as his inspiration and wrote the song in thirty minutes. The song was published in 1948.

1. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph is my number one Christmas song because many childhood memories come back to me when I hear this song. The character of Rudolph was created by Robert L. May in 1939. Johnny Marks adapted May’s story of Rudolph into a song, and was sung by none other than the legendary Gene Autry in 1949.

So kick off the Christmas season by listening to these 20 wonderful Christmas songs and more. ‘Tis the season to turn on your Pandora and sing along to all the different Christmas songs that come on.

By Kassi Lynd

Uloop Writer
I am a Whitney High School Graduate from the Class of 2009 and in 2012 I graduated from Sierra College with an Associates Degree in Arts and Cultures. I am currently attending UC DAVIS as an English Major and minoring in Education. My dream is to become a High School English Teacher who has a two subject credential so I can teach any subject through 8th grade. While attending Davis I am playing my Saxophone in the Aggie Band-UH!! I love life and always have a smile on my face :)

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