It is often said that music is the connection of the heart and there are songs that have been immortal and enduring in the hearts of many generations.In the warm and joyful atmosphere when Christmas comes, we hear again somewhere the ringing bells and the bustling songs captivating the hearts of familiar people.
Unlike any other music genre, Christmas songs never seem to get old.
We’ve ranked our very favourite Christmas crackers below. Is yours in there?
1. Jingle Bells
Jingle Bells is the “immortal” song of the Christmas season because this song is always played every Christmas.The song has a wide influence and is memorized by the majority of people of all ages and sung on this occasion.
It is actually considered the “theme song” of Christmas holidays. The song was first composed by musician James Lord Pierpont in 1840 under the name “One Horse Open Sleigh”. Originally, the song was composed for Thanksgiving Day, but was mistaken for Christmas music due to being successfully re-performed on Christmas Eve when it was first composed. “Jingle Bells” was copyrighted with the original name “One Horse Open Sleigh” on September 16, 1857 and reprinted in 1859 with the revised title “Jingle Bells” or “One Horse Open Sleigh”.
Many famous artists have performed this song in many different styles, but perhaps the most successful is the Jamaican group Boney M. The ringing opening of the song, the cheerful and warm melody makes “Jingle Bells” become this band’s immortal song.
2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
According to legend, Santa Claus is a legendary character who will bring gifts to children through the chimney on Christmas Eve. In addition to being able to magically get anywhere in the blink of an eye, he also has a list of good and bad babies. Good babies get gifts while the bad ones get coal. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” written in 1934 was inspired by this lovely legend.
“Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was composed by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie which was recorded for the first time in the same year. After being released, it became a hit with 100,000 tracks ordered the following day and more than 400,000 sold at Christmas.
Since its debut, many artists have re-recorded this song including popular versions of Bruce Springsteen, Chicago, Dolly Parton, The Jackson 5 (1970), Mariah Carey (1994) and the Beach Boys ( 1964). This is a Christmas song that is loved by children and often encouraged by parents to sing because of the very interesting lyrics: “You best be careful, it’s best not to cry or pout. I know why, because Santa Claus is coming”.
3. Silent Night
“Silent Night” (German: “Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht”) is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria.It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011.The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 has sold 10 million copies as a single.
Silent Night’s lyrics are meant to celebrate Christmas and to praise God for the blessings of man.
4. Last Christmas
Last Christmas was written by George Michael in 1984 and quickly became Britain’s best-selling single for the Christmas season of 1984. The song expresses the young man’s confession about a failed love during the Christmas season.
“Last Christmas” has been covered by many artists since its original release.has become a song covered by many young artists such as: Backstreet Boys, Human Nature, Savage Garden, Hillary Duff, Taylor Swift … But perhaps, Wham’s record is still considered the most successful.
5. We wish you a Merry Christmas
“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a traditional English Christmas carol originating from the West of England from around the 16th century. The famous version of the carol is from the English West Country, but the song had previously been performed by carolers, wassailers and mummers in the nineteenth century, with a variety of tunes and lyrics.
6. All I want for Christmas is You
This is a famous song in diva Mariah Carey’s Christmas album titled “Merry Christmas” released in 1995. Despite being composed later than the above songs, the song has a large spread thanks to its great melody.
It is Carey’s biggest international success, topping the charts in countries including Australia, Canada, France, and Germany.In 2019, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time, 25 years after its original release, thus breaking several records, including the longest trip to number one.The following year, it also topped the charts in the United Kingdom for the first time, becoming Carey’s first number one on the UK Singles Chart in 20 years.With an estimated sales of over 16 million copies, it is the best-selling Christmas single by a female artist and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The song has been re-sung by many famous artists such as: Shania Twain, Samantha Mumba, rock group My Chemical Romance or young actress Olivia Olson who performed it in “Love Actually”.
7. Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad was composed in 1970 by Puerto Rican musician José Feliciano. The song made a big impression with a simple chorus in Spanish: “Feliz Navidad, próspero anõ y felicidad” or the English version: “I wanna wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart “(I wish you a Happy Christmas from the bottom of my heart).
The sweet message and cheerful melody not only make this song an indispensable song every Christmas, but also the name for the once famous black band Boney M.
8. When A Child Is Born
This is a song written in 1976 by Fred Jay.Fred Jay’s lyrics have been sung by many artists, most successfully by Johnny Mathis in 1976, whose version was the Christmas number one of that year in the UK.
The message that the author conveys in the song is to cherish every moment of life and do not let it be wasteful and useless.
9. The First Noel
The first Noel is a famous folk song that appeared from the 16th century.
Many researchers believe that this song was written by an ordinary person with little education, so it becomes everyone’s song and is loved worldwide. “The first Noel” celebrates the essence of Christmas, the bell ringing to announce the good news on the day of Christ’s coming. In many Christian countries, “The first Noel” is always the opening song in every Christmas season.
10. In the Bleak Midwinter
“In the Bleak Midwinter” is a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, commonly performed as a Christmas carol. The poem was published, under the title “A Christmas Carol”, in the January 1872 issue of Scribner’s Monthly,and was first collected in book form in Goblin Market, The Prince’s Progress and Other Poems (Macmillan, 1875).
In 1906, the composer Gustav Holst composed a setting of Rossetti’s words (titled “Cranham”) in The English Hymnal which is sung throughout the world. An anthem setting by Harold Darke composed in 1909 is also widely performed by choirs, and was named the best Christmas carol in a poll of some of the world’s leading choirmasters and choral experts in 2008.