Favorite Christmas Songs

By | Nov 14, 2012

Beginning sometime shortly after Halloween and into the New Year, most of the music that I play would be classified as Christmas music. Here are my 6 favorites.

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Many artists have recorded this lovely song since it was introduced by Judy Garland in the film Meet Me in St. Louis. The song was written for the film by lyricist Ralph Blane with the music composed Hugh Martin. Originally the song was to be dark, but Judy Garland didn’t like it and asked for the lyrics to be changed into a lighter song. To me her version is still the best.

O Holy Night
While Christmas is a religious holiday and Christmas Carols are a popular choice to be recorded, they are not at the top of my list of favorite songs. I do enjoy listening to versions of Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful and others, the one Carol that I would have to consider my favorite is O Holy Night written in 1847 composed by Adolphe Adam to the french poem “Minuit, chrétiens” by Placide Cappeau (1808-1877. I have no favorite version, although I do prefer hearing it done by a female performer.

I Believe in Father Christmas
Upon listening to the song, without really listening to the lyrics, this song written Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake and Palmer) and writing partner Peter Sinfield, it sounds like a nice little Christmas song. But it’s really a protest song against the commercialization of Christmas. It still makes my favorite list.

White Christmas
Even though I really consider this song to be over played, one has to admit that it does put those who have had snow on Christmas day, in a thoughtful remembrance. The Irving Berlin song was first introduced in the 1942 film Holiday Inn by Bing Crosby. He recorded the song again in 1947, the original master was damaged. It is this version that is most played.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas
If not for White Christmas, this song would perhaps be considered Bing Crosby’s Christmas song. He recorded the song in 1943, during the height of World War II. The song touched the hearts of soldiers at war and the families at home. The song writing credit is to Buck Ram, Kim Gannon and Walter Kent.  My favoite version of the song was done in the 1950s by Perry Como.

The Christmas Song
I’m sure that when Mel Torme and Bob Wells sat down that hot summer afternoon in 1944 they had no idea that they would be writing one of the most recorded and played Christmas song. Nat ‘King’ Cole first recorded his version in 1946 and as they say, the rest is history, since it still stands out as my favorite.


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