Holiday Songs that We Know and Love

by Emma Cromidas

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and if you are attempting to compile a playlist of all your favorite holiday music, you’ve come to the right place. Here are the five Christmas songs that everyone should have on their holiday music playlist.

  1. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

According to NPR.org, this song was written in 1944 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, and has been modified many times over the years. Initially, the song was viewed as “depressing” by Vincente Minnelli, the director of Meet Me in St. Louis, the production that this song was originally featured in, and therefore Martin was asked to modify the lyrics. Martin changed one line from “it may be your last/ Next year we may all be living in the past” to the well-known lyrics “let your heart be light/ Next year all our troubles will be out of sight.” The most famous rendition of the song is Frank Sinatra’s, which touched the hearts of many.

“My favorite rendition of this song is Frank Sinatra’s version, but there are many others that I hear on the radio. I think it’s fun to hear different versions of the same song,” said George Cromidas, a frequent listener of Christmas music on various radio stations.

  1. “Little Saint Nick”

According to songfacts.com, this popular tune was written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love in 1963 for The Beach Boys, and appeared on their Christmas album. This song was popularized by a Coke commercial showing Christmas cheer between polar bears and penguins. The catchy lyrics, such as “run run reindeer,” and the rhyming verses make this song a big hit during the holiday season. It may not be  considered  a “classic,” but this tune is sure to get you up and dancing during this holiday season.

  1. “The Chanukah Song”

According to metrolyrics.com, this song was written by Adam Sandler and various Saturday Night Live writers and was originally performed on Saturday Night Live in 1994. He also included the song on his 1996 comedy album “What the Hell Happened to Me?” The song is about Jewish kids like him that often feel alienated during the holiday season because there are many more songs about Christmas than about Chanukah.  The  iconic lyrics “Put on your yarmulke/ Here comes Chanukah/ So much funukah/ To celebrate Chanukah” are known to many because of the well-known scene from season 3 of The Office in which Steve Carell sang “The Diwali Song,” according to songfacts.com.

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Adam Sandler performs “The Chanukah Song” on Saturday Night Live in 1994 (Photo from NBC.com)

The Chanukah Song is a light-hearted holiday song that all can enjoy. “I’m a big Adam Sandler fan, so naturally this song is a definite fan favorite for me,” explained Julia Coelho, a senior who enjoys listening to holiday music. “This song is popular because it has been featured in many famous television shows and can be relatable to many children even if they do not celebrate Chanukah. This song is sure to be stuck in your head for days!”

  1. “The Jingle Bell Rock”

According to songfacts.com, “The Jingle Bell Rock,” written by Bobby Helms, is considered one of the first mainstream rock ‘n’ roll Christmas songs. The song was released two days before Christmas in 1957, but it immediately became a hit and reached #6 on the pop chart. This song has been popularized by many, including Hall & Oates, The Platters, 38 Special, and the Beach Boys. A hidden gem on most people’s Christmas music soundtracks, many often forget how much they enjoy this tune.

“When I put the tree up with my family this year, this song started playing on our playlist and we all stopped what we were doing and started dancing. Even my dog was enjoying the tune,” explained senior Colin Young, who enjoys the holiday season and all that it has to offer. This song is a crowd pleaser and is played around the house on many Christmas mornings.

  1. “All I Want for Christmas is You”

When people think of Christmas music, this song, written and performed by Mariah Carey, is the first song that comes to mind. This catchy tune  portrays the  message that Carey doesn’t care about materialistic gifts; she only cares that she is celebrating with the person she loves. According to songfacts.com, this is the most successful Christmas song since 1963. Justin Bieber covered this song in his 2011 Under the Mistletoe album. The popular lyrics “I just want you for my own/ More than you could ever know/ Make my wish come true/ All I want for Christmas is you” are known by many and everyone gets excited when it comes on the radio.

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Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” album (Photo from nypost.com)

“My family always listens to Christmas music around this time of year,” explained Julia Noreck, a senior with four little siblings who all enjoy holiday music. “My sisters and I always fight, but when this song comes on, we put aside our problems and sing along to these lyrics.” “All I want for Christmas is You” is the most enjoyed song on the radio as far as Christmas music goes, and it rightfully should be.

 

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