The song distills the melancholia that can settle on even the jolliest soul during the holiday season otherwise known as SadGirlFall and CozyGirlWinter. While the words are cheerful merry is literally in the title , Garland's performance is breathtaking and, yes, heartbreaking. Since its debut, the song has become a Christmas classic covered by contemporary greats like Sam Smith, Christina Aguilera, and Frank Sinatra, though few have surpassed Garland's tear-jerking performance. It's no fun to get the blues at Christmas, unless Bessie Smith is singing them.
The legendary blues singer gave a Christmas gift to the world with her song, "At the Christmas Ball. It's hard to believe this antiwar classic is almost 50 years old!
When John Lennon and Yoko Ono were engaging in various protest activities—think their late '60s bed-ins—they were also making beautiful and meaningful music designed to reach the masses, but also to convey a serious message. Layering Christmas wishes with a pointed desire for peace, the couple took aim at the Vietnam War and encouraged people to think about the greater global context at a time of sometimes ignorant celebration and indulgence.
We love a good anti-Christmas anthem. Singer, songwriter, and producer Elvis Costello bet MacGowan he couldn't write a Christmas duet to sing with the band's bass player and Costello's future wife Cait O'Riordan. Costello may have lost his wager, but the world got "Fairytale in New York," a wistful song for anyone who has been lonely on Christmas Eve—even those in, "in the drunk tank. Irving Berlin penned "White Christmas" for the classic Christmas movie Holiday Inn , and Bing Crosby delivered a beautifully memorable, if slightly mournful, take on the tune.
As an aside, if you haven't seen Holiday Inn , you must. Crosby got a second shot at the song on the set of White Christmas , where he knocked it out of the park again. The nostalgic song is so popular that it holds the Guinness World Record as the best-selling single of all time. But their songs mostly covers were all overshadowed by the standout track "Christmas in Hollis" from upstarts Run-DMC. Or, as DMC himself put it , "The beat is dope. The flow is dope.
Radio stations formats as diverse as oldies, adult contemporary, Top 40, and country began playing the Drifters' version. It was later featured in the film The Santa Clause. Andy Williams charted on the Christmas Singles chart in 1 and 22 with his version. Sign In Don't have an account? Also known as the most famous Christmas song of all time, Mariah Carey's '90s hit is a must-listen around the holiday season, whether you like it or not. Apparently, Sam Smith hates Christmas music yet still gifted us a soothing rendition of this classic.
To me, it sounds more like a classic jazz standard. Some say yes me. Others say LOL, bye. If your favorite Lady Gaga era isn't the one where she was wandering around singing Christmas songs with Tony Bennett, you aren't living. Okay, so it's not originally a Christmas song—but this particular incarnation appeared on the soundtrack to Scrooged so it totally counts.
Correctly hailed as the best holiday rap song of all time, Run-DMC's "Christmas in Hollis" is better than any present under the tree—as it's the gift that keeps on giving.
If you like Kate Bush, this song will be an amazing experience for you. No matter what you're celebrating, where you're celebrating, or whom you're celebrating with, no seasonal gathering is complete without at least one solid holiday music jam session. Due to the essential nature of such songs, we've rounded up the best, most singable, and most heartwarming ones for you. But one thing needs to be said: these hits are all sung by pop stars.“White Christmas” is known for being one of the most covered songs of all time. The track was originally written by Irving Berlin in , and since then has become the world’s best-selling.