As we get closer to the end of the year, the atmosphere is raging with the vibes of CHRISTMAS and you might be wondering what your festive playlist should look like. In an attempt to relieve you of that stress Gmusicplus have put together in no particular order a list made up of ten all-time specials so you can have your Christmas mood activated from now till then. Please Enjoy!
10. Jingle Bell Rock
To start with is this groovy tune in a country-style “Jingle Bell Rock” an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. This song rightly deserves to be on that playlist of yours because it has over the years gained massive popularity after appearing in hit movies, such as Jingle All the Way and has been performed by many legendary vocals. Helms’ version proves to be the best known and of corsee we can’t get enough of it 🙂
9. White Christmas
Recorded by Irving Berlin in 1942, this masterpiece is a reminisce about an old-fashioned Christmas setting. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.
8. The Little Drummer Boy
Trapp Family Singers
Originally known as “Carol of the Drum,” This classic was written by American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.
7. Silent Night
This is a very popular Christmas carol standard, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber and lyricist Joseph Mohr. The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 is the fourth best-selling single of all-time. Later released by Jim Reeves in 1963 on the album list “12 songs of Christmas”.
6. O Holy Night
This is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847. The Christmas carol has been sung by just about every musician under the spotlight. Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kim Burrell, all gave the lyrics a go. But one of our favorite renditions is by country star Martina McBride on her 2011 Christmas album. That climactic high note doesn’t stand a chance versus her powerful vocals.
5. The First Noël
This is a traditional classical English Christmas carol, most likely from the early modern period. Its current form was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), both of which were edited by William Sandys and arranged, edited and with extra lyrics written by Davies Gilbert.
We strongly recommend the Opera version of the song cause it is so strong and emotionally lifting, it practically can see you through the season of love. Listen to ‘The First Noel’ by Jackie Evancho Below;
4. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
This song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and introduced by Judy Garland in the 1944 film “Meet me in st. Louis”. Judy Garland’s 1944 version of the song reached No. 27 on the Billboard charts, and from then till now the song leaves you very soft and tender.
3. The Twelve Days of Christmas
Covered by so many artists, this English Christmas carol is a native song from England sung cumulatively in a series of verses about grand gifts given on each of the twelve days of Christmas starting with the Christmas Day. Listen to the unique “12 Days of Christmas” by Straight No Chaser Below;
2. Joy to the World
This is a very popular Christmas carol with words by Isaac Watts. As of the late 20th century, “Joy to the World” was the most-published Christmas hymn in North America. The words of the hymn are based on Psalm 98, 96:11–12 and Genesis 3:17–18. Listen to this powerful rendition by Whitney Houston below;
1. Feliz Navidad
Taking you all the way to Puerto Rico to feel the tune of a Christmas song sang by José Feliciano in a way that can make you dance all along. It was recorded in 1970 with its simple Spanish chorus that means Merry Christmas, a prosperous year and happiness.
Written by José Feliciano, Frliz Navidad charted on the US Billboard Hot 100 more than two decades after it was first recorded reaching number 70 on the week ending January 10, 1998. There is no doubt this song is probably the most popular song for Christmas which without your playlist is not complete.
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