Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music on a variety of topics, religious and otherwise, regularly performed or heard around the Christmas season. Christmas carols remain a large part of the popular Christmas song canon, with numerous titles being added in the s, s, and s in the United States. Subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ , to gift-giving and merrymaking, to mythical figures surrounding the holidays such as Santa Claus and his elves. Many songs simply have a winter or seasonal theme, or have been adopted into the canon for other reasons. The Great Depression era of the s brought a stream of songs of American origin, most of which did not explicitly reference the Christian nature of the holiday, but rather the more secular traditional Western themes and customs associated with Christmas. These included songs aimed at children such as " Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town " and " Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ", as well as sentimental ballad-type songs performed by famous crooners of the era, such as " Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas " and " White Christmas ", the latter of which remains the best-selling single of all time as of
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Certain songs become ubiquitous every December, especially if you're tuning into one of around stations in the U. Below are the 10 most popular songs in that chart's history. Chances are, you've already heard all of them at least a dozen times this season, proving that holiday hits are truly the gifts that keep on giving to songwriters, at least! Since , George Michael 's onward-and-upward Christmas anthem has been a seasonal favorite, earning covers by everyone from Taylor Swift to Jimmy Eat World. Not only is it the best song I ever wrote, it's the best song anybody ever wrote!
"Blue Christmas" — Elvis Presley
All I want for Christmas is… carols! Deck the Halls has both, including 50 percent of lines that are simply Fa la la la la la la la la. This might be the oldest song in our collection: Tu scendi dalla stelle , You come down from the stars in English, was written in the early s and describes the arrival of baby Jesus — from the starry skies to the cold and wintry Earth. A pukeko is a bird that just so happens to hang out in ponga trees — fern trees native to New Zealand. Other gifts that were given during the Twelve Days of New Zealand Christmas are kumeras sweet potatoes or piupius a traditional Maori skirt. A Holden is a make of a car, a ute is short for utility. So, Santa is basically riding on a pickup truck. If you grew up in a Spanish-speaking country, chances are you know this quintessential Latin American Christmas song about traveling to Bethlehem on a little donkey to see baby Jesus. And dance to.
Subscriber Account active since. The red and green decorations go up, hot chocolate is a preferred drink, and festive music plays in every possible store. Keep reading to find out which Christmas songs are the top-streamed in the US and globally, according to digital music service Spotify. In the US, Presley's '60s track "Blue Christmas" is a favorite for the holidays and appears on the singer's holiday album.