Christmas anthems always seem to find that impossible balance between timelessness and nostalgia — tapping into a sort of greater, collective memory of a warm and fuzzy feeling. These all-time-classics still gets most us singing Falalalalala all day and night long during the festive holiday. Here’s our countdown of the top 5 Christmas songs, from amazing carols to the best ever Christmas Number Ones. It’s the perfect soundtrack for your Christmas party this year.
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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – Judy Garland (1944)
The song was written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane and introduced by Judy Garland in 1944. Frank Sinatra later recorded a version with modified lyrics. In 2007, ASCAP ranked “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” the third most performed Christmas song.
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” – Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi (2003)
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“All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey (1994)
“All I Want for Christmas Is You” was featured on Mariah Carey’s hit 1994 holiday album “Merry Christmas.” In the past decade, the song has quickly become a contemporary holiday standard selling over 4 million copies around the world.
“The Little Drummer Boy” – David Bowie and Bing Crosby (1977)
“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is one of the most popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. It was first recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale.
“Santa Tell Me” – Ariana Grande (2014)
In December 2013, Ariana Grande released a four-song Christmas EP titled “Christmas Kisses.” When she released the latest Christmas hit “Santa Tell Me”, everyone went crazy with the catchy tone and popular lyrics. Co-written with Savan Kotecha and Swedish songwriter-producer Ilya, the record became a new Christmas classic peaking in the top 10 of the adult contemporary chart and topping Billboard’s holiday chart.
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