Music Movies and More

It’s hard to imagine the Christmas season without the television classics, movies and music we associate with it.  It’s a wonderful Life, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Clause is Coming to Town are just few favorites that come to mind.  Music brings Christmas to life and is in many ways the canvas on which the season is painted. 

A Brief History:

Music was one of the first features of the Christmas season.  The first chants and hymns were done in Latin and were considered too theological for popular use.  The 13th century brought the rise of the carol, from the Greek word choraulein, which means a dance performed to flute music.  The word later came to mean a song in which a religious topic is treated in a festive style.  This style of music soon spread throughout Europe and became one of the greatest tributes to the Christmas holiday. 

In 1647 the British Commonwealth declared singing Christmas carols as pagan and sinful because of its 13th century pagan roots.  Puritans agreed and worked through the holiday.  In 1660 King Charles restored the Stuarts of Scotland to the throne and Christmas caroling resumed and celebrations were revived. 

Christmas music and entertainment are features of the Christmas season people worldwide look forward to every year.  Styles of music, television specials and movies produce a very long list.  There are a number of traditional songs that are performed worldwide in many languages and genres.  Some have a religious context, some a winter context and some are associated with film and other entertainment mediums.  Many songs have been written about Santa Claus himself.  Not to be outdone, even Rudolph and Frosty have their own themes songs.   

Whether you’re a lover of Jazz, Rock, Soul, Pop, Traditional, Country, Blues, Gospel, classical or one of the hundreds of genres of music around the globe, you might recognize a few of the songs below.  You might even recognize a favorite Christmas television show or movie. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

 

Traditional Christmas Songs

“Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!”

“The First Noel”

“Joy to the World”

“It Came upon a Midnight Clear”

“God Rest You Merry Gentlemen”

“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”

“O Holy Night”

“We Three Kings of Orient Are”

“What Child Is This”

“Deck the Halls”

“Away in a Manger”

“Silent Night”

“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

“Jingle Bells”

“O Come All Ye Faithful”

 

Most Performed Songs

“The Christmas Song” (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)

“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

“Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

“Winter Wonderland”

“White Christmas”

“Let is Snow”

“Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”

“Jingle Bell Rock”

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

“Little Drummer Boy”

“Sleigh Ride”

“It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year”

“Silver Bells”

“Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”

“Feliz Navidad”

“Blue Christmas”

“Frosty the Snowman”

“A Holly Jolly Christmas”

“I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”

“Here Comes Santa Claus”

“It’s Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas”

“Home for the Holidays”

“Carol of the Bells”

“Santa Baby”

“Wonderful Christmastime”

 

The Best-Selling Christmas/Holiday Albums from 1991-2007

Miracles: The Holiday Album/Kenny G.

These Are Special Times/Celine Dion

Merry Christmas/Mariah Carey

Noel/Josh Groban

Christmas in the Aire/Mannheim Steamroller

Fresh Aire Christmas/Mannheim Steamroller

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas/Mannheim Steamroller

Now That’s What I Call Christmas! Various Artists

When My Heart Finds Christmas/Harry Connick Jr.

Faith: A Holiday Album/Kenny G.

 

Christmas Television Classics

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Frosty The Snowman

Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

The Little Drummer Boy

A Christmas Carol

A Charlie Brown Christmas

The Year Without A Santa Claus

 

Christmas/Holiday Movies

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Polar Express

Miracle on 34th Street

Love Actually

The Family Stone

The Bishop’s Wife/Remake: The Preacher’s Wife

The Nativity Story

This Christmas

Deck the Halls

Noel

A Christmas Carol

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

The Grinch

Fred Claus

Joyeaux Noel

The Holiday

 

 

References: 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiday_music

https://reindeerdreams.wordpress.com/2008/11/13/christmas-mood-music/

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