Christmas and Holiday Songs Of All Time
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
From the 1905 recording of Silent Night
by Hayden Quartet (aka Haydn Quartet) and the 1908 recording of the song by the official record company Victor Orchestra, to the 2013 popular
version of Blue Christmas by
Christmas songs have been a staple of recorded music, traditional and modern.
Here is a Tune Timeline of hundreds of the most popular Christmas and holiday classics of all time.
One of the great early Christmas classics was
The Christmas Song, Merry Christmas To You
from 1946 by
King Cole Trio.
This became one of the most popular ornaments to find at Christmas everywhere,
as Nat King Cole became one of the most legendary recording artists of all time.
Then there was Bing Crosby. The
popular song list by Bing Crosby,
first in the 1920s with Paul Whiteman Orchestra then for decades solo,
remains far ahead of any other singer to this day.
Among these recordings, in 1942, was a then old Irving Berlin composition called
When Bing Crosby sang it, he made it the most famous Christmas song of all time.
This was one of many
Bing Crosby Christmas songs.
Although brother and sister act
burst onto the popular music scene back in 1970, Carpenters did not make its long-awaited Christmas songs album
Christmas Portrait until 1978. This album included the already classic Merry Christmas, Darling, and many
traditional songs, including the medley
Winter Wonderland/Silver Bells/White Christmas.
The 1990s were all about
In addition to smashing many pop music records, she released her first Christmas album, Merry Christmas,
in 1994, to great fanfare with traditional Christmas music and modern Christmas classics too.
Her original Christmas song,
All I Want For Christmas Is You,
co-written with Walter Afanasieff, reached
on the pop chart. The song has already been recorded by many others.
|Christmas Songs Of The Late 1990s
Every year many new Christmas song recordings come out, and some become annual classics.
However, very few make the top 20.
The year 1999 was unusual because three holiday songs reached the top 20.
This Gift by 98 Degrees reached
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) by
peaked in at number 20.
Just in time for the turnover of the new millennium,
Auld Lang Syne (The Millennium Mix) from
Kenny G album Faith A Holiday Album
skimmed the top 10.
Christmas Songs Of The 2000s
First Half (2000-2004)
The early 2000s produced new Christmas music from artists including
182, and old-timers like Lynyrd
Skynyrd and James
Taylor, whose album James Taylor At Christmas
was very popular.
Christmas Songs of the 2000s
Second Half (2005-2009)
The late 2000s gave us new Christmas albums by
Keith Sweat, Faith Hill,
and other famous groups and artists.
Also, new singing sensations
were created through exposure on
contest programs like American Idol. One winner,
mesmerized us with
Latest Christmas Songs in the 2010s
Gifts this decade already include some new Christmas songs, soon to be classics.
introduced the new song Mistletoe.
brought us Christmas Lights.
created Peppermint Winter. Also, new Christmas music was released by
and Wilson Phillips.
Also, Olivia Newton-John
got back with 70's movie Grease co-star John Travolta, to make
the title song of a new holiday duet album. Then, there were new recordings by
Cee Lo Green,
Mary J. Blige,
and longtime Christmas singing sensation
among the latest great Christmas offerings, year-by-year.