Christmas is such a unique time of year. There are TV specials, movies, decorations, music, and activities all dedicated to this holiday. But have you ever wondered how many original Christmas songs are actually played this time of year? There are hundreds of variations — jazz, country, rock, traditional — but the words are the same.
I’ve been listening to a generic Christmas station from Pandora while I work. It’s helped to put me in the Christmas spirit. Sometimes, when I get bored with one station, I can easily find other holiday stations that basically play the same songs, but in a different genre — traditional, instrumental, rock, etc. I have my favorites and sometimes I do have to skip a variation that just doesn’t seem to fit. However, as of today, I’ve decided I must have heard Santa Baby about 200 times and Baby it’s Cold Outside 350 times! And yet, I still sing along…
I did a little research and came up with this list of popular Christmas songs that seem to be the most often played during the holiday season:
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
- White Christmas
- Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let It Snow!
- White Christmas
- I’ll have a Blue Christmas
- It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
- Do They Know It’s Christmas
- The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting on an open fire)
- I’ll be Home for Christmas
- Carol of the Bells
- There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays
- Santa Baby
- Little Drummer Boy
- It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Holly Jolly Christmas
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
- Silver Bells
- Feliz Navidad
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Baby it’s Cold Outside
Have I missed any? Of course there are many traditional Christmas Carols/Hymns that are popular too, such as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Away in a Manager, O Come All ye Faithful, Joy to the World, Silent Night … and some songs that our children enjoy singing (Jingle Bells, Rudolph, Frosty, Santa Claus is Coming to Town) and many more, but it sure seems like to me that the number of variations of how people sing and play the song outnumber the number of original Christmas songs. Would you agree?
Then again, the same might be true for Christmas movies — I mean, how many versions of Christmas Carol have you seen in your life? There are some originals that you just can’t do over — It’s a Wonderful Life is one that comes to my mind. I guess that’s what makes this time of year so special and unique: you can watch and listen to reruns and yet not tire of them. Well, I guess that depends on when you started tuning in.
What’s your favorite Christmas song/movie? Do share.