Now that December is in full swing, Christmas is right around the corner. And with the holiday season comes the promise of cooler weather, hot chocolate, wish lists to Santa (hey, you’ve been good this year!), and of course…royalty free Christmas music.
So if you’re looking for the kind of royalty-free music for your store, office, phone lines, commercials, productions or presentations that is going to give all who hear it a jollier feeling than a mob of carolers on a candy cane rush…then consider the top ten best holiday classics to add to your playlist this year:
#1: Christmas Song: This song is number one on the list because it has withstood the test of time and appeals to every generation. It is commonly subtitled, “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” which is the opening line of the song and one to which we can all sing along.
#2: White Christmas: If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, it only adds to the magical theme in the air. This holiday favorite is an Irving Berlin song reminiscing about an old-fashioned Christmas scene. It became popular during WWII as the lyrics were heartfelt by soldiers and their families. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, selling over 50 million copies worldwide.
#3: Silent Night. This classic was originally written in 1816 by an Austrian priest and it was first performed at the Church of St. Nicholas on Christmas Eve in 1818. Ever since then it’s hard to imagine Christmas without it.
#4: Jingle Bell Rock: Released by Bobby Helms in 1957, this festive tune is another oldie, but goodie. When you hear the verse about “dancing and prancing in jingle bell square,” you can’t help but to get up and join in the Christmas spirit as you’re on your merry way!
#5: Carol of the Bells. This song performed by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra has no words but is a necessity for any Christmas enthusiast. With its dramatic buildup it is unlike any other tune of the season.
#6: Oh Holy Night. Written in the 1800s by Placide Cappeau de Roquermaure, a wine merchant and poet, this is a song that reflects on the birth of Christ and the redemption of mankind…and it is powerful enough to bring tears to the eyes of listeners and take their breath away.
#7: Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree: A more modern tune than many of the traditional sounds of Christmas, this number was made famous by Brenda Lee. No Christmas event of any kind would be complete without this cheerful song…put it on and even the Grinch would be sure to get in the celebratory mood!
#8: Feliz Navidad: This jam was written by a Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, Jose Feliciano, and has both a Spanish and an English version. It is one of the top 25 most played Christmas songs around the globe and is another fun song to have you feeling holly-jolly.
#9: Santa Clause is Coming to Town: It just wouldn’t be Christmas without this one—not only is it a favorite amongst the kiddos, but the adults love this little jingle as well. Who isn’t excited about Santa coming to town?
#10: Joy to the World. This popular Christmas carol came from the words of English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98 in the Bible. It was written in 1700s to glorify Christ’s birth and still brings joy to us today.
Erica St. Claire is a guest post author sharing with us the top classic Christmas songs this year. Erica is also a writer about online dating and you can find her work on Best Catholic Dating Sites.