Thursday, December 14, 2006

Popular Christmas music: All time favorites


I suddenly chanced upon this amazing list of Christmas songs/albums, thought I'd share them with you all. They will rock your Christmas party. If you have them, well and good but if you don't, its time to secure them as soon as possible and don't leave out any, coz the more the merrier.

Popular Christmas songs
"Blue Christmas
" – famously recorded by Elvis Presley.
"The First Noël" – traditional English Christmas carol now performed by various artists .
"Frosty the Snowman" – Composed by Gene Autry (1950) most famously recorded by Jimmy Durante.
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - written by Charles Wesley in 1739; performed Mariah Carey (1994) and Bradley Joseph (2000); also appears in A Charlie Brown Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life.
"A Holly Jolly Christmas" – From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (television special), by Burl Ives (1964)
"It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas" – Composed by Meredith Willson; first recorded by Perry Como (1951), but also by Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby.
"Jingle Bells" – Composed by James Pierpont (1857); Covered by Kimberley Locke (2006)
"Little Drummer Boy" – The 1958 version by the Harry Simeone Chorale is the standard.
"Mele Kalikimaka" – Bing Crosby, and later, Jimmy Buffett.
"The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" – introduced by Andy Williams (1963)
"Mistletoe and Holly" – co-written by Frank Sinatra
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" – by Gene Autry (1949) .
"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt and Madonna
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" – Perry Como, Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters; later by Jackson 5 (1970), Bruce Springsteen.
"The Nutcracker" - Notable version from Boston Ballet
"Twelve Days of Christmas" – Standard version is by the Ray Conniff Singers
"We Wish You a Merry Christmas"
"White Christmas" – first performed by Bing Crosby in the 1942 musical Holiday Inn
"Winter Wonderland" – Perry Como (1946), The Andrews Sisters (1946), Johnny Mathis (1958), Tony Bennett (1968).
"Christmas Time" – Bryan Adams (1985)
"Christmas Time is Here Again" – The Beatles
"Christmas Wrapping" – The Waitresses (1981) and later covered by Spice Girls
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" Bing Crosby (1963) – Whitney Houston
"Far Away on Christmas Day" – Christmas Around the World – Bradley Joseph (2000)
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" – John Lennon & Yoko Ono (1972), later covered by Melissa Etheridge, The Polyphonic Spree, Celine Dion, Idols - UK Pop Idol search finalists and most recently by Sarah McLachlan, in her 2006 Christmas album, Wintersong.
"Hard Candy Christmas" – Dolly Parton (1982)
"Here Comes Santa Claus" – Gene Autry (1947) (famously remade by Elvis Presley)
"If Every Day Was Like Christmas" – Elvis Presley
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" – Bing Crosby (1943)
"I'm Your Angel" – Celine Dion and R. Kelly (Duet) (1998)
"Last Christmas" Wham! (1984) then re-released again in (1985) Whigfield in 1995 and in (2006) by Crazy Frog
"Little Saint Nick" – The Beach Boys (covered by Sugar Ray)
"Mary, Did You Know" Kenny Rogers and Wynonna (1996)
"Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays" – 'N Sync
"Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" Mariah Carey (1994)
"My Only Wish (This Year)" – Britney Spears (2000)
"Please Come Home For Christmas" – Eagles (1978), Jon Bon Jovi (1994)
"Santa Baby" – Eartha Kitt (1953), later covered by Kylie Minogue and Madonna, among others "Santa Claus is Back in Town" – Elvis Presley
"Santa Claus Lane" - Hilary Duff
"Santa's List" Cliff Richard
"The Night Before Christmas" – Carly Simon (1994)
"Walk This Sleigh" Robbie Williams
"Who Would Imagine A King" – Whitney Houston (1996)
"Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride" – a medley of the two Christmas favorites by Dolly Parton (1984)
"You Don't Have To Be Alone on Christmas" 'N Sync (2000)
"You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" – written by Dr. Seuss, and sung by Thurl Ravenscroft


Popular Christmas albums

8 Days of Christmas – Destiny's Child
A Christmas Album – Amy Grant
A Christmas to Remember – Amy Grant
A Christmas Together – John Denver & The Muppets
A Twisted Christmas – Twisted Sister
An Old-Fashioned Christmas – The Carpenters
The Beach Boys' Christmas Album – The Beach Boys
A Charlie Brown Christmas – soundtrack album of the classic TV special.
Christmas Peace (along with other variations) – Elvis Presley
Cliff at Christmas – Cliff Richard
Ding! Dong! Songs for Christmas - Vol. III – Sufjan Stevens
Hark! Songs for Christmas - Vol. II – Sufjan Stevens
The Jethro Tull Christmas Album – Jethro Tull
The John Legend Collection – John Legend
Merry Christmas – Mariah Carey
Merry Christmas with Love – Clay Aiken
My Kind of Christmas – Christina Aguilera
Noel! Songs for Christmas - Vol. I – Sufjan Stevens
One More Drifter in the Snow – Aimee Mann
One Wish: The Holiday Album – Whitney Houston
Taste Of Christmas – Various Artists
These Are Special Times – Celine Dion
Wintersong – Sarah McLachlan

2 comments:

Jeff said...

What an interesting idea for a blog - I love it!

If anyone is looking for some Christmas music, I have set up a website with links to other sites with freely and legally downloadable Christmas music. Please check it out at http://freechristmasmusic.googlepages.com/ . It also has its own custom search engine so you can search for any song you want. Try searching for some of the songs in this post for starters - I was able to find quite a few of them.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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