Top 10 Christmas Songs That Define The Season

Christmas Songs
As Christmas approaches, music becomes an essential part of the holiday atmosphere. Amidst the thousands of Christmas songs, there are those legendary tunes that endure, carrying joyful melodies and meaningful messages through time. Below, discover such songs — great tunes for a peaceful Christmas season!

1. Jingle Bells

“Jingle Bells” is a well-known classic Christmas anthem, composed by musician James S. Pierpont in 1840. The song celebrates the contagious joy and cheerful vibe that make this season special through its catchy melody and meaningful lyrics.

There are interesting facts about “Jingle Bells”. It has been translated into numerous languages and is recognized globally, becoming a beloved part of Christmas celebrations worldwide. Initially, it was not intended as a Christmas song. Its catchy tune was originally written for a Sunday school Thanksgiving celebration and was titled “One Horse Open Sleigh.” However, some controversy surrounds the song’s origins as it was linked to minstrel shows of the 19th century.

During the Gemini VI space mission in 1965, astronauts played “Jingle Bells” and make it the first song performed in space.

2. Last Christmas – Wham!

Since its debut in 1984, the song “Last Christmas” has quickly become one of the most famous Christmas songs and is often covered by many artists every year, including popular ones such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Ariana Grande.

The song was composed by George Michael – lead vocalist of the band Wham!. He wrote Last Christmas in just a few hours while on the way to his parents’ house during the holidays. Unlike typical theme for a Christmas song, Last Christmas revolves around heartbreak and betrayal, which is inspired by George Michael’s personal experiences. Its sad melody and narrative lyrics about love easily touches the listener’s emotions.

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3. White Christmas – Bing Crosby

“White Christmas” is the one of the best-selling Christmas songs in the world with more than 100 million copies globally according to Guinness World Records. The song was composed in 1942 by American composer and poet Irving Berlin during a warm California winter.

The song was debuted in “Holiday Inn” (1942) and performed by Bing Crosby. It soon became a hit and won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 1942. This popularity leads to the movie titled “White Christmas” in 1954, starring Crosby and featuring the song again.

The warm melody and evocative lyrics of the song have turned it into a symbol of the holiday season. Additionally, White Christmas conveys the message of love and peace, capturing memories of moments spent with family and friends. During World War II, it really got to soldiers who were far away from home, because it made them think about the cozy, familiar Christmas celebrations they were missing.

4. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey

All I Want for Christmas Is You was written by Mariah Carey in 1994. This Christmas song reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2019 and currently holds the title of “Most Streamed Song” with over 1 billion times on Spotify.

The song resurfaces on the charts throughout the festive season each year and constantly gaining popularity. It has captivating melody and heartfelt lyrics, which evoke feelings of warmth and affection during Christmas. This is what really set it apart.

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5. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a familiar Christmas tune always associated with the holiday season. This classic christmas carol originated in Western England in the 16th century and has been popular worldwide for hundreds of years. The special thing about the song “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is that there is no one exclusive artist or recording; it’s truly for everyone. It’s a relaxed Christmas song and also part of the festive vibe. Anyone just can hum and feel the joy during the holiday season.

Because of its repetitive melody with the wishes “We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year”, and persistent request for figgy pudding, the song is fun and memorable to sing-along during Christmas celebrations. These joyous songs were once sung by carolers as they went from house to house. It was a way of sharing the spirit of the holidays and receiving treats in return for their singing.

6. Feliz Navidad – José Feliciano

The song “Feliz Navidad” was released in 1970. It is a joyful composition by musician and singer Feliciano. With an attractive melody and warm message, it has conquered the hearts of listeners around the world. The song lyrics combines both English and Spanish. It impresses with the Spanish chorus: “Feliz Navidad, próspero año y felicidad”, which is roughly translated as “Merry Christmas, a happy and peaceful new year”).

Feliz Navidad song reveals José Feliciano’s Latin heritage fused with a universal Christmas vibe. Despite being over five decades old, it remains a radio and movie favorite, lighting up Christmas events. It’s an iconic emblem of holiday cheer, embracing diverse ways of celebrating this special season.

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7. It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

“It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas” is a popular Christmas song, written by Meredith Willson and first released in 1951. Over the years, it has been covered by numerous artists as it is a widely recognized and cherished holiday song.

With beautiful lyrics and a catchy melody, the song vividly paints the picture of a peaceful and joyful Christmas season to come. It mentions about toys in stores and traditional gifts such as Hopalong boots and toy pistols, which brings back a real sense of the past.

Top 10 Christmas Songs That Define The Season
Top 10 Christmas Songs That Define The Season

8. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee

“Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” is a famous Christmas rock song, composed by Johnny Marks and first released in 1958. Surprisingly, this iconic song is recorded by Brenda Lee, who was a popular teenage singer, when she was only 13 years old.

Although “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” didn’t become an instant hit that time, it gained immense popularity in later years and now becoming a beloved holiday classic. The song has a cheerful and lively melody and often played at parties and Christmas events, making them more exciting and add upbeat energy during the celebrations. With more than 25 million copies sold to date, it is considered one of the most successful Christmas songs of all time.

9. Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms

“Jingle Bell Rock” is one of the most fun and famous Christmas songs. This song was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal and James Ross Booth in 1957, then it’s recorded by Bobby Helms. It is a unique holiday hit as it blended classic Christmas melodies with a rock & roll twist.

“Jingle Bell Rock” has a vibrant melody and fast tempo, bringing a joyful atmosphere to the Christmas season. It becomes a favorite at Christmas parties and gatherings, inspiring people to dance and celebrate during the festive season.

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10. The Christmas Song – Nat King Cole

“The Christmas Song” was composed by two musicians, Mel Torme and Robert Wells, on an interesting afternoon in 1945. During a hot summer, they tried to mentally cool down by thinking about winter and Christmas. Nat King Cole’s recording of this song in 1946 became the most famous rendition, known for his smooth voice and timeless delivery, solidifying the song as one of the popular holiday classic Christmas songs.

“The Christmas Song” was ranked #1 on the list of the Top 10 best Christmas songs of all time, voted by Edison Research. The famous opening line, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” evokes a cozy, traditional Christmas scene and became a hallmark of the song. When its melodious tune plays, listeners conjure up images and emotions of the Christmas season, from crackling red fires to hot chestnuts and delicious cider.


Above is a list of 10 timeless Christmas songs with melodies and lyrics that have become an indispensable part of the hthe festive holiday atmosphere. Those are familiar melodies like Jingle Bells to inspirational songs like Silent Night. All contribute to create a deep impression in each person’s memory about the sacredness and joy in the moment of welcoming a peaceful and brilliant Christmas season.

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