25 Most Popular Christmas Songs

By Seema Nande on Oct 21, 2016
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With autumn in its best form, and the lineup of festivities for the holiday season Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Saint Nicholas' Day among the rest, we cannot finally wait for Christmas! As the festive vibe builds up, with the temperatures dipping lower, snuggles getting longer, the aroma of baked goodies in the air, and lots of chocolate and wine going down, elevating the joy of all these is the classic Christmas music that has been only adding to the festive glee eternally. Let nostalgia strike as you enthrall yourselves with these list of 25 most popular Christmas songs

1. Last Christmas


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English pop duo, Wham’s baby, Last Christmas is indeed a super hit. A dominant force in the UK Singles Chart in 1984, the Wham! duo was unstoppable with their multiple hits. But this one remains to be a Christmas favorite. Even the video perfectly complements the Christmas vibe. The very first song that must be in your Christmas Song Playlsit.
Artist: Wham!
Date released: 1984
YouTube views: 149,772,932

2. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer 

A favorite of young and old alike, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer has been a perpetual favorite! Telling a fictional tale of the reindeer named Rudolph, the song reminisces how he led Santa’s sledge. This Christmas pop song even went on to win the Grammy Hall of Fame! Interestingly, the song also hit No. 1 in the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949. 
Artist: Gene Autry
Date released: September 1, 1949
YouTube views: 1,132,325

3. All I Want For Christmas Is You

Of course, Christmas and wishes go hand in hand and Mariah Carey does it just right with this song! Performed and sung by herself, this Christmas song was released by Columbia Records on November 1, 1994.
Artist: Mariah Carey
Date released: November 1, 1994
YouTube views: 181,324,596

4. Little Drummer boy


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We can go on about the legendary Bing Crosby-David Bowie duet that sits in the pantheon of eternally listenable Christmas tunes! Ever since it peaked at number 3 on the UK Singles Chart in 1982, it has become a Christmas classic in the United States and the United Kingdom and has been referred to by the Washington Post as "one of the most successful duets in Christmas music history". One of the favorite Christmas songs for kids, this is also one of the best historic Christmas carols.
Artist: Bing Crosby
Date released: September 11, 1977
YouTube views: 8,221,454 

5. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Talking about Christmas classics, this one cannot be missed! Dating back to as far back as the 8th century was originally Latin that got translated in English in the 1850s by the Anglican priest John Mason Neale. This Christmas song is essentially a metrical hymn.
Artist: The Piano Guys
Date released: 2013
YouTube views: 59,045,503

6. It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas  


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Originally this Christmas song was written in in 1951 by Meredith Willson, the song was covered and released by Michael Bublé on his holiday album, Christmas, in 2011. Many artists have re-recorded the song, however, Michael’s version is unparalleled! The song makes reference to a "tree in the Grand Hotel, one in the park as well...", which still operates. 
Artist: Michael Bublé
Date released: 2011
YouTube views: 6,147,631

7. It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year 

Written in 1963, this undeniably is one of the most popular Christmas songs. While Edward Pola and George Wyles wrote the song, pop singer Andy Williams recorded and released it the same year for his first Christmas album, The Andy Williams Christmas Album. A jolly song celebrating and describing the activities associated with the Christmas season, focusing primarily on get-togethers between friends and families. Perfect!
Artist: Andy Williams
Date released: 1963
YouTube views: 11,696,153

8. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow 


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Again, one of the favorite Christmas songs for kids, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow’s best version is that by Sinatra. This is also the holiday number most associated with Martin!
Artist: Dean Martin
Date released: 1945
YouTube views: 3,508,704

9. Jingle Bell Rock  

An American favorite, the Jingle Bell rock is perhaps the epitome of Christmas music! Still receiving frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since it was release, the song still hits the right heart strings!
Artist: Bobby Helms
Date released: 1957
YouTube views:  4,274,742

10. Do They Know It's Christmas

Written by the terrific Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, the song is actually a reaction to television reports of the 198385 famine in Ethiopia. It reached number one in thirteen other countries outside the UK, despite being recorded in UK. This Christmas song is a beautiful melody of various musical lines.
Artist: Band Aid 30
Date released: 1984
YouTube views: 19,144,526

11. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) 

Originally subtitled as Merry Christmas To You, The Christmas Song is a classic Christmas song written in 1945 by Bob Wells and Mel Tormé. Factually, the song was written during a blistering hot summer in an effort to "stay cool by thinking cool", thus, originating as a Christmas song.
Artist: Nat King Cole
Date released: 1946
YouTube views: 4,998,373

12. A Holly Jolly Christmas 


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Written by Johnny Marks, A Holly Jolly Christmas became popular after it was famously performed by Burl Ives. Ever since then, the song has become one of the Top 25 most-performed Christmas "holiday" songs.
Artist: Burl Ives
Date released: November 1964
YouTube views: 2,315,842

13. Jingle Bells 

Commonly sung and loved, Jingle Bells is one of the best-known American Christmas songs in the world. This is a song from Jim Reeves’ first and only Christmas-themed release. Interesting fact - the album was first released in South Africa as Merry Christmas from Jim Reeves!
Artist: Jim Reeves
Date released: 1963
YouTube views: 23,341

14. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) 

Another one from Autry, Here Comes Santa Claus has music composed by Oakley Haldeman. The original version was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts. It then went on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades.
Artist: Gene Autry
Date released: 1947
YouTube views: 1,198,852

15. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town 


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The quintessential traditional standard at Christmas time, "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" has been covered by numerous recording artists. However, the 1951 version by Perry Como was the first measurable hit song!
Artist: Perry Como
Date released: 1946
YouTube views: 30,248

16. Baby, It's Cold Outside 

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" was written by Frank Loesser in 1944! Nevertheless, its recording by Margaret Whiting first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on May 6, 1949, and lasted 19 weeks on the chart, peaking at number four. A timeless classic indeed!
Artist: Margaret Whiting
Date released: March 18, 1949
YouTube views: 3,883,640

17. I'll Be Home For Christmas

Scoring a top ten hit with this song, Bing Crosby, went on to become every household name. The song was originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas time. Doesn't cease to get the everlasting Christmas nostalgia, hitting us!
Artist: Bing Crosby
Date released: 1943
YouTube views: 29,889

18. Merry Xmas Everybody 


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Dating back to 1973, this song is by the popular and then-favorite rock band - Slade! Composed by the band's lead vocalist and guitarist Noddy Holder, the song is  a product of the band's attempt to produce a Christmas hit! And so they did, very rightly!    

Artist: Slade
Date released: 7 December 1973
YouTube views: 5,974,793 

19. Mary’s Boy Child

Written by Jester Hairston, this song has been a timeless classic ever since it was written in 1956. A genesis of Harry sharing his room with a friend, the song was actually meant to be a birthday song. Later the song went on the be recorded by various artists; a superhit being, the German-based disco-group Boney M version. 

Artist: Harry Belafonte
Date released: 1956
YouTube views: 186,957

20. 8 days of Christmas 


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All the girls love this song, given the success of Destiny's Child back in the 90's, this song was ought to be a superhit success too and so it did! Very chic and R&B this song makes you sway, with all the Christmas jingle. And if that wasn't enough, we have Beyonce hitting the right chords!

Artist: Destiny's Child
Date released: 30 October 2001
YouTube views: 10,112,866

21. Fairytale of New York


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A Christmas song written by Jem Finer and Shane MacGowan, can barely go wrong. an Irish folk-style ballad, the song was even featured on The Pogues' 1988 album If I Should Fall from Grace with God. The song didn't happen that easily, however, what with the numerous attempts of rewriting, recordings and the likes. 

Artist: The Pogues
Date released: 23 November 1987
YouTube views: 21,078,287

22. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This heart warming Christmas song was immortalized by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O'Brien and brought tears to the eyes of the audience! The lyricist for Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was Ralph Blane and the haunting music was composed by the legendary Hugh Martin.

Artist: Hugh Martin
Date released: 1957
YouTube views: 8,456,732

23. White Christmas

Reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas setting, this song was the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies worldwide, according to the Guinness World Records! The song is a result of Berlin's many late night attempts of writing the song. 

Artist: Irving Berlin 
Date released: 1942
YouTube views: 197,711

24. 2,000 Miles


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This Christmas song was most popular in the UK, where it peaked at No. 15 on the UK Singles Chart in December 1983, clearly, everyone loved it! A beautiful song about two long-distance lovers, wanting to be with one another for Christmas.

Artist: The Pretenders
Date released: 1984
YouTube views: 1,043,100

25. Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

Written by Johnny Marks, the song's original version had sold over 25 million copies with the 4th most digital downloads sold of any Christmas single, and has since been recorded by numerous other music artists, by the song’s 50th anniversary in 2008! You got to hear this one if you haven't already!
Artist: Brenda Lee
Date released: 1958
YouTube views: 4,550,862
And so there you have it, a great playlist for a timeless Christmas! 
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