No other holiday can compare to Christmas. It is celebrated all over the world by all ethnicities, religions, and cultures. Christmas is the only holiday with a large repertoire of music, and Christmas songs have become an integral part of the festivities, right up there with the Christmas tree, presents, and Santa Claus. These songs provide a soundtrack to all our holiday activities and they are much loved. Learning them at school is among the best classroom activities for children during Christmas. Here is a list of the top 5 Christmas songs that do a fantastic job of ushering in the holidays.
1. Jingle Bell Rock
Jingle Bell Rock is such a catchy tune and no matter how hard you try you can never get it out of your head. We have Bobby Helms to thank for the song which was released in 1957 and has been a Christmas staple ever since. The song continues to top music charts every year in the weeks leading up to Christmas showing it has never lost its festive spirit. You are guaranteed to hear it in every department store and coffee shop you go to during the holidays and it definitely lets you know that Christmas is around the corner.
2. Silent Night
Silent Night is a beautiful and poignant song which reflects on the true meaning of Christmas – the birth of Jesus Christ. First written and composed in German by Austrians Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr, it was translated into the English version we sing today in 1859. The carol gained mainstream success in 1970 when the Temptations included their own version of it in their Christmas album. They added the soulful touch that was needed to make Silent Night a Christmas hallmark.
3. Let it Snow!
This melodious song conjures up images of snuggling under a blanket in front of a fireplace on a snowy night with a warm cup of eggnog in your hand. Though most places around the world do not experience snow during Christmas, the holiday has long been associated with winter and snow. This 1945 classic only solidifies this association and makes everyone wish they could spend their Christmas in a winter wonderland. Frank Sinatra’s version is particularly enchanting.
4. The Christmas Song
Nate King Cole’s famous opening line “chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” brings with it feelings of warmth and content, totally epitomizing what Christmas is about. This classic song was originally written and recorded in 1944 by Mel Torme. Two years later Nat King Cole recorded his own version and his timeless voice carried the song into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and into the hearts of all Americans come Christmas time.
5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas
This list would not be complete without including the unofficial, but very much deserving, Christmas anthem. This is the tune heard and sang all across the globe with countless variations. Originally a British Christmas carol, the song’s “We wish you a Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year” is the worldwide recognized greeting for the holidays. The carol brings together all the elements of Christmas in a cheerful and vibrant tune. The holidays are never complete without wishing someone a Merry Christmas.