Top Christmas Songs For 2010
Twelve Days Of Christmas
When you talk of classics, this is the grand daddy of them all! Though this song has been known to exist from somewhere around the 16th century, the song got recognition and turned into a Christmas favorite only from the time when James O’ Halliwell added it to his list of nursery rhymes that cropped up in 1842. Since then, it has seen numerous rendition and even greater number of parodies. This Christmas, listen to any of your favorite versions or make up your own!
Frosty the Snowman
This is a popular song written by Walter “Jack” Rollins and Steve Nelson, and first recorded by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys in 1950. It was written after the success of Autry’s recording of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” the previous year. Rollins and Nelson presented their lyrics to Autry, who, in turn, recorded ‘Frosty’ in search of another seasonal hit. The song which was originally titled ‘Frosty the Snow Man’ also gave rise to a Christmas tele-special with the same name.
The Christmas Song
Talk about Christmas songs, and you just cannot miss ‘The Christmas Song’. After all, what is celebration without the intrusion of classics? The popular song was written in the blistering summer of 1944 by vocalist Mel Tormé and Bob Wells. The duo was trying to cool off the summer heat by thinking of snow and the Christmas time and was scribbling on the notepad. But an hour later, they realized that they had a song with them. The Nat King Cole Trio first recorded the song early in 1946, which did not become a major hit. However, in the same year, they recorded a different version of the song, which grew on to become a major hit.
If a song had to enter the Guinness Book of World Records as the best-selling song of all times; then it had to be special; and special it was. ‘White Christmas’ was written by Irving Berlin and the version, which made it to the record books, was sung by Bing Crosby. This version had estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. The song speaks of a Christmas time with snow all around, thus literally visualizing a ‘white Christmas’. The song had been ranked second on the “Songs of the Century” list by the members of the RIAA.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
This song was composed and written by Tommie Connor. Originally recorded by Jimmy Boyd, the song reached number one on the Billboard charts in 1952. The song describes a scene, where a child creeps down from his bedroom to see his mother kissing “Santa Claus” (presumably his father in a Santa Claus costume) underneath the mistletoe.
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
This may be the Christmas song that was covered the most times in the history of Christmas music. The song was originally written by lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne on one of the hottest days in the July of 1945 in Hollywood. The song was released next year in the voice of Vaughn Monroe and became the number one on billboard. The song has been covered by greats like Elvis, Smokey Robinson and Frank Sinatra.
Home for the Holidays
For all those of you who are staying far away from your home, this song will make you long for your warm bed and the sweet smell of homemade cookies. If you are at home, you will just appreciate the fact much more and thank your stars. The song was released in 1954, to the music of Robert Allen. The lyrics of the song were written by Al Stillman. The song broke into the Billboard Top Ten at the time of release. The version you might like listening to is the one by Perry Como.