Holidays present you with an opportunity to bond with your loved ones and love them even more. Christmas is one festival which is awaited eagerly. Whether it is the sleepless night on the eve of Christmas or the time when the whole family gets together, Christmas time spells pure magic for all of us. Of all the innumerable activities we indulge in, there stand out one particular activity.
The mere thought of singing Christmas songs and carols in unison with family members evokes vivid and quite memorable images. Out of the countless Christmas songs that we sing, there are some that truly capture the magic of Christmas. These songs bring a gleam in the eye for one and all.
The Greatest Ever List
Just in case you are itching to know whether your favorite Christmas song made the best ever list, we will trouble you no more. Let’s start with the list:
1) Bing Crosby’s White Christmas
With over 500 versions in different languages, White Christmas is as eternal as the festival itself. Hailed as one of the best written songs, this is truly a masterpiece from the one and only Irving Berlin.
2) Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song
A second in the list by Nat King Cole, this song has four different versions. The last and the definitive version by Ralph Carmichael is the one which is doing the rounds today.
3) Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Canon
Released in the year 1998 as a part of the album The Christmas Attic, the songs popularity is underlined by the fact that it was iTunes’ Top 100 most downloaded Holiday songs.
4) Perry Como’s It’s Beginning to look a Lot like Christmas
Originally a work of Meredith Wilson, this song went on to appear in the musical Here’s Love. Since then, this song has become all the more popular.
5) Frank Sinatra’s Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Only a true genius can ever come up with such magnificence. The song which we hear today is a reworked version of the original song which appeared in the movie Meet Me in St. Louis.
6) Andy Williams’ It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year and the song just underlines that fact. The song twice went on to become the theme song for the Christmas Seals.
7) Brenda Lee’s Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Although this song was not an initial success, it has now recorded sales of more than five million copies. Written by Johnny marks and sung by a then 13 year old Brenda Lee, this song was released in the year 1958. The song still receives consistent airplay.
8) Dean Martin’s Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow
This song features truly delightful lyrics which somewhat ironically, do not mention Christmas even once. Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne in 1945, the song still and always will retain its distinct charm.
9) Nat King Cole’s O Holy Night
Derived from a French Christmas poem and composed by the erstwhile genius Adolphe Adam in the year 1847, O Holy Night has remained a favorite among musicians who have made different versions of this very popular song.
10) Burl Ives’ Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
Coming to the last but by no means least, we have the song Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. Written by Johnny Marks, this song featured in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer special.