Although Christmas time is only a few weeks away, even as early as October you can already hear Christmas songs being played by your favorite radio stations. However, have you ever wondered what the most requested Christmas songs on radio and in record stores are? Take a look at the songs below and see if your holiday tune favorite made it to the list…
1. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town = This is definitely the song that has gotten the greatest airplay. A bouncy and happy tune, it brings with it the anticipation of the holidays, gifts and, of course, Santa Claus himself.
2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer = This tune is the first of two holiday story-telling songs. “Rudolph” has been set to many musical variations including pop, rock and jazz.
3. White Christmas = Considered one of the best Christmas songs, “White Christmas” evokes sentimental scenes of snowy white fields, children and sleigh bells. The most popular version of this song was rendered by the late Bing Crosby.
4. Frosty The Snowman = Another popular holiday story-telling tune, “Frosty The Snowman” tells the tale of a snowman come to life during Christmas time. The song itself has been the inspiration for a timeless animated classic of the same title and the Michael Keaton flick “Jack Frost.”
5. Silent Night = “Silent Night” remains one of the most beautiful holiday lullabies in the world. Although there have been many renditions of this classic Christmas song, one of the most haunting versions of this tune was sung by Irish singer Sinead O’Connor in the movie “Fred Claus” starring Vince Vaughn.
6. Twelve Days of Christmas = This tune is sure to put everyone in a gift-giving mood. The most popular version of “Twelve Days” is the one done by the Ray Conniff Singers. The funniest version of this song was rendered by Bob & Doug McKenzie. If you’re unfamiliar with it, the first line in the song goes like this: “On the first day of Christmas
My true love gave to me…a beer.”
7. I’ll Be Home for Christmas = This truly heartwarming song is a favorite among families who have loved ones in distant lands. The song brings with it the anticipation of being reunited with relatives and friends from far away. This is a favorite tune among U.S. servicemen stationed overseas.
8. Joy To The World = This song is most expressive of the jubilant emotions during the holiday season. Although a number of solo singers, such as Andy Williams, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, have sung this popular carol, the full power of this tune is best appreciated when sung by a full choir.
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas = This sweet little Christmas carol is evocative of the warm wishes for the holidays. The most popular versions of this song include the original by Judy Garland from the movie “Meet Me In St. Louis” and the version of Ole Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra.
10. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus = This charming Christmas song is arguably the one tune responsible for the breaking out of the Jackson 5 in the pop music scene. Presently, this song carries with it a melancholy note as it makes one remember the legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson.