These songs may not be "traditional" but they sure feel traditional to a lot of us. Here are the top five classic Christmas songs.
"The Christmas Song" was written in 1944 by musician, composer, & vocalist Mel Tormé (& Bob Wells.) It is a classic Christmas song that reminds us of all the joys of the holiday season. Like "chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose, yuletide carols being sung by a choir, & folks dressed up like eskimos."
"White Christmas" is a classic Christmas song written by Irving Berlin. It has been performed & used in several movies, but the most famous version has to be the version recorded by Bing Crosby. In fact, according to the "Guinness Book of World Records," the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time. "White Christmas" is a great, classic Christmas song as it talks about "dreaming of a white Christmas... just like the ones I used to know." It's a beautiful Christmas song.
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is a great classic Christmas song written by Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane. It was first introduced to the world when Judy Garland sang it in the musical movie "Meet me in St. Louis," but a reworked version by Frank Sinatra has helped it keep it's lasting place in the hearts of the world. It can be a sad song, a happy song, a nostaglic song, & an inspiring song. That is what makes it such a wonderful classic Christmas song.
"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans. It has been remade by many, many artists over the years, including Anne Murrey, Martina McBride, Burl Ives, Frank Sinatra, Olivia Newton John, Bing Crosby, Harry Connick Jr., & Vonda Shepard to name a few. It is a great classic Christmas song that talks about the joys of shopping in the city around Christmas time. This song is lovely because it finds joy in the little things, like the fact that "strings of street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red & green."
"We Need a Little Christmas" is a classic Christmas song that originated in Jerry Herman's Broadway musical, "Mame." It was first performed by Angela Lansbury in the show's 1966 production. This is a great classic Christmas song because it talks about getting ready for Christmas & letting the spirit of Christmas make life more enjoyable. It begins "Haul out the holly, put up the tree before my spirit falls again. Fill up the stocking, I may be rushing things but deck the halls again now. For we need a little Christmas, right this very minute..." How many times have we felt this way? That's why this is such a great classic Christmas song.
Other great classic Christmas songs are songs from classic Christmas shorts such as "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," "Frosty the Snowman," "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas," etc.
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