25 Classic Christmas Songs – Get Ready To Be Surprised
1. We have always sung “Jingle bells” in Christmas but it was written by James Lord Pierpoint for thanksgiving.
2. You will be amazed to know that “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree,” and “Holly Jolly Christmas” were written by Jewish songwriter Johnny Marks.
3. We first heard about Santa Claus in Benjamin Hanby’s “upon the housetop” which was written in the year 1864. This was inspired by “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” which was a clement Moore’s poem in the year 1823.
4. One of the oldest Christmas hymns to get airplay is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. This was composed in the twelfth century and later translated into English by John Mason Neale in the year 1851.
5. The classic Christmas song “How the Grinch stole Christmas” is sang by the singer Thurl Ravenscroft who also voiced Tony the Tiger, for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.
6. Jewish songwriter Irving Berlin wrote “White Christmas”.
7. Elvis Presley’s also came up with his own version of White Christmas which actually Irving Berlin hated so much that he asked he radio stations not to play.
8. American Military also played “White Christmas” in April 1975 over armed forces radio in order to covert signal instructing soldiers in Vietnam who were involved in executing Saigon.
9. Irving Berlin originally wrote, “White Christmas” for Broadway musical who actually never picked the song. Later on, Hollywood producers picked up the song.
10. Bing Crosby also came up with his own version of White Christmas which became one of the most highest selling single albums of all time.
11. Meet Me in St. Louis was a 1944 film which had a song “Have yourself a merry little Christmas”. This song was found to be sad and dark and depressing by the producers.
12. “O Holy Night” was the second piece of music on violin solo which was broadcasted on radio.
13. Two oldest Christmas language hymns are – “Hark! The herald angels sing” and “Joy to the world”. Both of them originated in 1700s.
14. “Let it snow” is one of the most amazing and surprising Christmas songs because it no way mentions the holidays and it was written by the Jewish songwriters Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn.
15. “All I want for Christmas is you” was written by Walter Afanasieff who also wrote “My heart will go on”.
16. “Silent Night” which is Bing Crosby’s version became the third highest selling album of all times.
17. The first song to be ever performed in space is “Jingle Bells”.
18. “Do you hear what I hear” was written as a peace song during the Cuban missile crisis in the year 1962.
19. “Silver bells” was originally written as “Tinkle Bells” when his wife explained that tinkle actually means urination here.
20. Rudolph the character was not a part of the classic Christmas jingle. Instead Robert L May created this character.
21. One of the oldest secular Christmas songs which originated way back in 16th century England is “we wish you a merry Christmas”.
22. One of the Christmas songs which was written during the summer heatwave in the year 1944 is Mel Torme’s “The Christmas song”.
23. Darlene love sang her holiday hit “Christmas” for 28 long years at Dabid Letterman’s night show.
24. Brenda lee recorded the original version of Rocking around Christmas at a young age of 13 years only.