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?
- 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–tempo love song that combines traditional beats with pop music, which portrays a woman’s longing for a loved one during the Christmas season. It was recreated by Mariah this year on her album “Merry Christmas II You” and has been considered a holiday classic that continues to set records annually. It has been sung by various artists and has reached top positions outside the country. Unlike many other holiday songs, it has sold numerous copies with over a million download. Since its release, it has topped the charts within the holiday season.
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus—This song became controversial when it was released in the nineteen fifties when the Catholic church in Boston questioned its implications and irreverence for the holiday season. Nevertheless, the ban was lifted after its singer, Jimmy Body, explained to the church officials the real meaning of the song. It was later on popularized by the young Michael Jackson who recorded a great rendition of the song when he was a teen.
- 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 Tootie (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.
- The Christmas Song (also known as the Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire) — this song was never intended 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 first to record the song. Since then, various versions have been recorded from all around the globe, and it has become a Christmas favorite.
- I’ll Be Home For Christmas—this song has been considered as one of America’s best-known Christmas carols. It was first recorded by Bing Crosby, and was a top 10 hit. Since then, it has become part of the music tradition on the holidays. The song was dedicated to the soldiers of the World War who didn’t make it home for Christmas.
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