Some say that the best part of the festive season are the songs that you’ll inevitably hear this time of year. No matter what your belief are or your religious persuasion is, you’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t love a good Christmas song.
In the spirit of the season here is our selection for 5 of the best Christmas songs:
White Christmas (Bing Crosby version)
Year released: 1942
Nothing evokes the image of a waking up to snow-laden and tinsel-infused Christmas morning quite like this song. It has become a ubiquitous Christmas classic, and unsurprisingly, the Guinness Book of World records has officially listed Bing Crosby’s version of White Christmas as the best-selling single of all time.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Jackson 5 version)
Year released: 1970
Having first been released as far back as 1943 by Bing Crosby, this classic has become a Christmas standard, and has been covered by numerous artists. Perhaps one of the best versions of this song is the one released by a young Michael Jackson and his brothers, an up-tempo and catchy version that draw heavily on Jackson’s youthful, distinctive voice.
Do They Know it’s Christmas? (Band Aid)
Year released: 1984
After Boomtown Rats lead singer Bob Geldof saw a series of reports on television that highlighted famine in Ethiopia, he created a Band Aid charity single called Do They Know it’s Christmas?, which proved to be the best-selling song in UK chart history for 15 years. The list of pop luminaries involved in the single includes Paul McCartney, David Bowie, Bono, Boy George, and many more.
Happy Xmas [war is over] (John Lennon)
Year released: 1971
This song was relapsed by Lennon a year after The Beatles disbanded and has proven to be one of his most enduring songs. While it is considered to be a Christmas song and refers directly to the holiday, it is also an anti-war anthem, and was the culmination of more than 2 years of peace activism by Lennon in opposition to the Vietnam War.
All I Want for Christmas is You (Mariah Carey)
Year released: 1994
Despite being released more than 22 years ago, this song is the closest thing to a modern Christmas classic. It’s upbeat and cheery melody is reminiscent of Carey’s early 90’s pop releases, but it has an endured as a holiday classic and has ven been covered by other artists.
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