Embodying the true spirit of Christmas – love, peace, and joy – classic songs are timeless in their appeal across generations, evoking a festive mood and liven up the holidays. Many of these classics were written decades ago, but continue to live on as new interpretations by contemporary artists are released. As musical genres have evolved, classic remakes are now available in a wide range of styles, from country to rock, metal, and even reggae. However, we think that nothing comes close to the beauty that touches our hearts and souls when listening to the original versions of these inspiring songs. They are the unmistakable soundtrack of the holiday season, and help us turn the rituals and customs surrounding Christmas into unforgettable memories. Sit back and relax as you enjoy some of the best classics performed by the original artists and talented popular singers.
- The Christmas Song by Nat King Cole: We absolutely love this nostalgic 1946 smash hit for its sweet melody and Nat King Cole's mellow vocals, instantly wanting us to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot chocolate! The perfect song to set the mood for the holidays, whether you are on a romantic candle light dinner for two, or trimming the tree with your family.
- Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland: Despite the melancholic tinge of the lyrics, Judy Garland's gorgeous voice always makes us long for “happy golden days of yore”. This is Garland at her best! A very special song indeed, as popular now as it was back in 1944 when it first appeared in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer classic “Meet Me In St. Louis”.
- Blue Christmas by Elvis Presley: Recorded in 1957 and finally released severn years later in 1964, the King of Rock makes even sad love songs sound sexy with his iconic voice. The ballad became so popular, it featured prominently on several of Elvis' holiday albums, such as his album, Elvis Christmas Classics, and It's Christmas Time.
- Do You Hear What I Hear by Carpenters: First recorded in 1978, but not finished and released until 1984, Karen Carpenter shines like a bright star in this uplifting interpretation of this classic. Her magical voice together with beautiful orchestration makes this version a classic in its own right.
- White Christmas by Bing Crosby: The quintessential classic of mid-20th century American popular music, this song is a classic in more than one ways. Written by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby's rendition rocketed the song up to the absolute top – it remains the best selling song of all times. The lovely melody and Crosby's vocals are unforgettable.
- Adeste Fideles by Frank Sinatra: Ol' Blue Eyes dazzles in this inspiring hymn, his smooth vocals leading a magnificent orchestra in the original 1948 Columbia Records release. Sinatra recorded the song together with some other classics for his famous album “Christmas Songs By Sinatra”.
- Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town by Bruce Springsteen: Rock the house with vintage Springsteen at his best! In the hands of Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band this old favorite turns into a smoking hot up-tempo tune, even better for singing along than the original. Guaranteed to get the party going!
Other classics include:
- Away In a Manger
- Angels We Have Hear On High
- Deck the Halls
- Do You Hear What I Hear
- Feliz Navidad
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
- Here Comes Santa Claus
- I'll Be Home for Christmas
- Jingle Bell Rock
- Joy to the World
- Let It Snow
- O Come, All Ye Faithful
- We Three Kings