Tune In Tuesday: Christmas Songs to Get in the Christmas Spirit

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Maddie Butts, Author

  1. All I want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey

This song is the iconic song of Christmas, so I could not start the list without it. This song came out on October 29, 1994, and it is Mariah’s biggest international success. It’s one of the best selling Christmas singles of all time.

2. Happy Xmas (War is over) -John Lennon

“Happy Xmas (War is Over)” was released in 1971 as a single. It protests against the Vietnam war and the joy of being free from it. It reached number 4 in the UK where it had been delayed a release but when Lennon passed it hit number 

3. Carol of the Bells- Lindsey Stirling (Cover)

“Carol of the Bells” was composed in 1919 by a Ukrainian Composer. It was based off a Ukrainian Folk Chant “Shchedryk”. This song has many covers and my personal favorite is Lindsey Stirling’s cover. 

4. Last Christmas -Wham!

“Last Christmas” was released in 1984 by a British pop duo. The song reached number one in the UK after it was streamed 9.2 million times in the last week of 2020 and sold 1,555 downloads, meaning it had a total of 40,149 combined sales.

5. Jingle Bells Rock – Bobby Helms

“Jingle Bell Rock” is an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. 

6. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano

“Feliz Navidad” is a Christmas song written in 1970 by Puerto Rican singer/songwriter José Feliciano. Feliz Navidad is the traditional Christmas/New year greeting, “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad”. It has become a pop Christmas Classic.

7. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra

“Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” is a Song by Judy Garland in the 1944 musical Meet Me in St. Louis. Eventually, Frank Sinatra recorded a version with modified lyrics. In 2004 it finished at No. 76 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs rankings.

8. Blue Christmas- Elvis Presley

“Blue Christmas” is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson and it was first recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948. It is famously known for the Elvis Presley cover and is a long-standing staple of Christmas music, especially in country music.

9. White Christmas- Bing Crosby

“White Christmas” is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The song was written by Berlin for the musical film Holiday Inn, released in 1942. It has also had many artists cover the song with Bing Crosby’s being the world’s best selling single (in terms of physical media) with an estimated 50 million copies world wide.

10. Christmas Time Is Here -Vince Guaraldi and Lee Mendelson

“Christmas Time Is Here” was written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special, A Charlie Brown Christmas.