Carols originated thousands of years ago. It was believed that the first forms of carols were about the child Jesus and the Virgin Mary. They were either in English or Latin. The word carol itself is a medieval word that has French and Anglo-Norman origin.
These carols lost their popularity in the 16th century but were revived in the 18th century and most of the carols we know today were written in this era.
Today, Christmas songs always highlight this special holiday and carolers bring delight to homes and places of business. The season will not be the same without Christmas music blaring out the speakers wherever we go.
Children and adults alike sing along to the lyrics and tunes to get in the festive mood. Families and friends listening to a Christmas song while sitting by the warm fire or Christmas tree and handing out presents are just priceless
With that in mind, here is a list of some of the most popular classic Christmas songs, which you can prepare for parties or Christmas Eve.
1. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
This song is no doubt one of the top Christmas songs of all time. It is often subtitled “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire” Mel Tormé wrote it in 1944. The Nat King Cole Trio was the first to record the song in 1946. Nat King Cole repeatedly recorded it in years 1953 and 1961. The latest being the most definitive.
2. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
This song was first popularized by Judy Garland in the musical Meet Me in St. Louis in the year 1944. Frank Sinatra later on recorded it and surpassed the popularity of Garland’s version.
3. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town)
This is another classic Christmas song, which was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November of 1934. The next day, a hundred thousand orders for the sheet music was recorded and more than 400, 000 copies were bought by Christmas.
4. White Christmas
White Christmas sung by Bing Crosby made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the best selling single of all time. It had more than 50 million copies sold worldwide.
5. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
One of the most popular fictional characters during Christmas is Rudolph, the 9th reindeer of Santa Claus. The song was first heard on New York City radio in November 1949. Harry Brannon sang it although it was made popular by Gene Autry that same year.