or not – Some Favourite Christmas Songs
By Rosemary Bell
It’s the holidays and you’re hearing Christmas songs everywhere you go. As each year passes, it seems that more and more stores and establishments are playing it.
I love hearing Christmas music, but not all day long. Several years ago my favourite radio station on December 1 started playing Christmas music 24 hours per day. They still had their news reports and all the chit-chat but the music was all Christmas.
It used to be just Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but when they started this, I found another station to listen to. That is, until Christmas finally arrived, because they do play some of the best variety of Christmas songs. The old time favourites, the traditional Christmas Carols and the songs that make it to the music charts.
This list isn’t at all inclusive, I know what music I like but I often can’t remember the song title or the artist. So I’ve had some fun putting this list together by visiting YouTube and listening to the songs.
These are my favourites – in no particular order.
The Early Years
White Christmas – Bing Crosby
The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes
Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
Little Drummer Boy – The Harry Simeone Chorale
Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer – Gene Autry
Here Comes Santa Claus – Gene Autry
A Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
When a Child Is Born – Johnny Mathis
The Later Years
Mary’s Boy Child – Harry Belafonte
Mary’s Boy Child – Boney M., 1978
What Child is This – Moody Blues
When A Child is Born – Moody Blues
Peace on Earth (Little Drummer Boy) – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Happy Christmas – John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid 1984
– The first ever multi-artist charity single, this track was recorded in Christmas 1984 by a host of celebrity vocalists to raise money for the famine in Ethiopia.
Last Christmas – Wham
All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen
Hallelujah Leonard Cohen (others Jeff Buckley, K.D. Lang and more)
Mull of Kintyre – Paul McCartney & Wings
Following is the list of traditional Christmas Carols.
1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. Silent Night
4. O Little Town of Bethlehem
5. Angels We Have Heard on High
6. O Holy Night
7. Away in a Manger
8. Good Christian Men, Rejoice
9. What Child Is This?
10. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
11. Go Tell It on the Mountain
12. Joy to the World
13. First Noel, The
14. We Three Kings
15. Little Drummer Boy, The
16. I’ll Be Home for Christmas
17. Deck the Halls
18. White Christmas
19. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
20. Jingle Bells
21. O Christmas Tree
22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
23. Silver Bells
24. Winter Wonderland
25. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Some songs have been listed more than once because of the different versions.
If you haven’t put together a Christmas music playlist yet, here’s an opportunity for you.
Just head over to YouTube, copy and paste the titles from these lists and search for the titles and then add to your favourites. You can find some real gems here.
If you don’t have an account, it’s easy to create one and add your own personal playlist of Christmas songs.
Everyone has their favourites, what are yours?
Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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