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The Best of Christmas Music

What would Christmas be without Christmas music? Some of the more well known carols, such as "The 12 Days of Christmas, "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen", and "O Christmas Tree" date back to the 1500's. Secular music is fairly new, with most introduced in the 1940's and 1950's. And, even though some of these are 70 to 80 years old, they are still being enjoyed every year. 

The American Society of Composers, Arthors, and Publishers (aka ASCAP) compiled a list of "The 30 Most Played Christmas Songs". And here it is (in chronological order):

  • From the 1930's
  • Carol of the Bells
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Santa Claus is coming to Town
  • From the 1940's
  • Happy Holidays
  • Here Comes Santa Claus
  • Blue Christmas
  • I'll be Home for Christmas
  • Let it Snow
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  • Sleigh Ride
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
  • White Christmas
  • Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire
  • From the 1950's
  • Santa Baby
  • Home for the Holidays
  • I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  • It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
  • Frosty the Snow Man
  • Rocking Around the Christmas Tree
  • Silver Bells
  • Little Drummer Boy
  • Jingle Bell Rock
  • From the 1960's
  • Holly Jolly Christmas
  • Do You Hear What I Hear
  • The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
  • From the 1970's
  • This Christmas
  • Wonderful Christmas Time
  • Feliz Navidad
  • From the 1980's
  • Last Christmas
  • From the 1990's
  • All I Want for Christmas is You

For many years, Bing Crosby's "White Christmas", written in 1942 by Irvin Berlin, was the best selling single ever. Fun Fact, the song was not introduced in the 1954 movie "White Christmas", but rather  in "Holiday Inn" in 1942 where it won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

My personal favorite would have to be "Sleigh Ride", which for some reason I always picture one particular Courier and Ives print when I hear the song.

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The Best of Christmas Music


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