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Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Christmas Arch, Photo by PH Morton

Christmas Songs, World’s Favourite

Apparently, below is a list of world’s favourite Christmas songs, is your personal choice on the list below? ūüôā

50 Best Christmas songs (according to PRS for Music) in full (position, artist, year, writer)

  1. Fairytale of New York, The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl, 1987 Jem Finer, Shane MacGowan
  2. All I Want For Christmas Is You, Mariah Carey 1994 Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff
  3. Do They Know It’s Christmas? Band Aid 1984, Bob Geldof, Midge Ure
  4. Last Christmas, Wham! 1984 George Michael
  5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town Harry Reser 1934 John Fredrick Coots, Haven Gillespie
  6. Do You Hear What I Hear? Bing Crosby 1962 Noel Regney, Gloria Shayne
  7. Happy Christmas (War Is Over), John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band with the Harlem Community Choir 1971 John Lennon, Yoko Ono
  8. Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney 1979, Paul McCartney
  9. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Wizzard 1973 Roy Wood
  10. Merry Xmas Everybody, Slade 1973, Noddy Holder, Jim Lea
  11. Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin’ Stevens 1985, Bob Heatlie
  12. Sleigh Ride, Leroy Anderson, 1950, Leroy Anderson
  13. Stay Another Day, East 17, 1994 Tony Mortimer
  14. Driving Home For Christmas, Chris Rea, 1988, Chris Rea
  15. Rockin Around The Christmas Tree, Brenda Lee, 1958, Johnny Marks
  16. Step Into Christmas, Elton John, 1973 Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  17. 2000 Miles, The Pretenders, 1983 Chrissie Hynde
  18. I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter, Connie Francis / Gabriella Cilmi 1962 / 2008 Hank Hunter, Mark Barkan
  19. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), Darlene Love 1963 Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector
  20. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Vaughn Monroe / Dean Martin / Smokey Robinson & The Miracles 1945 / 1959 / 1963 Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne
  21. Stop The Calvary, Jona Lewie, 1980, Jona Lewie
  22. Frosty The Snowman, Gene Autry & The Cass Country Boys / Perry Como / Johnny Mathis / Kimberley Locke 1950 / 1957 / 2003 / 2007 Walter “Jack” Rollins, Steve Nelson
  23. White Christmas, Bing Crosby, 1942, Irving Berlin
  24. I Believe In Father Christmas, Greg Lake / Toyah Wilcox / Elaine Paige 1975 / 1982 / 1986 Greg Lake / Peter Sinfield
  25. Christmas Lights, Coldplay, 2010, Guy Berryman, Johnny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin
  26. Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), The Nat King Cole Trio, 1946 Mel Tormé, Bob Wells
  27. Thank God It’s Christmas, Queen, 1984 Brain May, Roger Taylor
  28. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of Year, Andy Williams 1963 Edward Pola, George Wyle
  29. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt, 1953, Joahn Javits, Phillip Springer
  30. Christmas Wrapping, The Waitresses, 1981, Chris Butler
  31. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Frank Sinatra, 1957, Ralph Blanew, Hugh Martin
  32. Please Come Home For Christmas, Charles Brown, The Eagles, Jon Bon Jovi 1961 / 1978 / 1995 Charles Brown, Gene Redd
  33. Spaceman Came Travelling, Chris de Burgh, 1976, Chris de Burgh
  34. A Winter’s Tale, David Essex, 1982, Mike Batt / Tim Rice
  35. Lonely This Christmas, MUD, 1974 Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman
  36. Cold December, Night Michael Bublé 2011 Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Bob Rock
  37. Mistletoe And Wine, Cliff Richard, 1988, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart, Keith Strachan
  38. Merry Christmas, Bryan Adams, 2011, Bryan Adams
  39. Christmas Time – Don’t Let The Bells End, The Darkness 2003 Justin Hawkins, Dan Hawkins, Frankie Poullain, Ed Graham
  40. Mary’s Boy Child – Oh My Lord, Boney M, 1978 Jester Hairston, Frank Farian, Fred Jay, Lorin
  41. Power Of Love, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, 1984 Peter Gill, Holly Johnson, Mark O’Toole
  42. Blue Christmas, Elvis Presley, 1957, Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson
  43. When A Child Is Born (Soleado) Johnny Mathis 1976 Ciro Dammiccom, Fred Jay
  44. Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry 1949 Johnny Marks
  45. Winter Wonderland, Perry Como, 1934, Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith
  46. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Jimmy Boyd, 1952, Tommie Connor
  47. Mary’s Boy Child, Harry Belafonte, 1957, Jester Hairston
  48. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Perry Como & The Fontana Sisters 1951 Meredith Wilson
  49. The Little Drummer Boy, Harry Simeone Chorale 1958 Harry Simeone, K. K. Davis, Henry Onorati
  50. We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Additional favourite (Mine):

Gaudete – A Sacred Christmas Season Song

Gaudete

 

One of my favourite Christmas seasonal songs is the beautiful & atmospheric  Gaudete which is Latin for Rejoice.

One of the best renditions is by the brilliant English/British folk group Steeleye Span.(video below)

Another excellent rendition is from The King’s Singers an a cappella group of choristers from and named after Kings College, Cambridge University. (video below)

Gaudete is a sacred Christmas carol which is believed to have been written in medieval times but is known from the 16th century with  polyphonic (various voice melody)  Alto, Tenor, and Bass.

In medieval times it would have been sung as a  monophonic hymn (single voice melody).

 It is a song of praise to the Virgin Mary giving birth to Jesus.

Below complete Original Latin text of “Gaudete”, with English translation including the refrain at the top:

LatinEnglish
Gaudete, gaudete! Christus est natus
Ex Maria virgine, gaudete!
Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born
(Out) Of the Virgin Mary ‚ÄĒ rejoice!
Tempus adest gratiæ
Hoc quod optabamus,
Carmina lætitiæ
Devote reddamus.
The time of grace has come‚ÄĒ
what we have wished for,
songs of joy
Let us give back faithfully.
Deus homo factus est
Natura mirante,
Mundus renovatus est
A Christo regnante.
God has become man,
To the wonderment of Nature,
The world has been renewed
By the reigning Christ.
Ezechielis porta
Clausa pertransitur,
Unde lux est orta
Salus invenitur.
The closed gate of Ezekiel
Is passed through,
Whence the light is born,
Salvation is found.
Ergo nostra contio
Psallat iam in lustro;
Benedicat Domino:
Salus Regi nostro.
Therefore let our gathering
Now sing in brightness
Let it give praise to the Lord:
Greeting to our King.
The first page of the original version of Gaudette

The first page of the original version of Gaudette

In the Catholic faith, The third Sunday of Advent is called Gaudete Sunday  from the first word of the Introit at Mass (Gaudete, i.e. Rejoice)

“O Holy Night”

“O Holy Night”

O Holy night, the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees

O hear the angel voices
O night divine!
O night when Christ was born
O night divine!
O night, O night divine!

[Choir:]
Truly He taught us to love one another,
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother.

And in His name, all oppression shall cease

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we
Let all within us praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord!
Their name forever praise we

Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O night divine
Noel, Noel
O night, O holy night

Favourite Top Xmas Pop Songs

Referring to the previous blog by the lovely Jean, regarding the best pop Christmas song. My particular favourite is from 1987 called ‘Fairytale of New York’ by Celtic punk band the Pogues featuring the melodious voice of Kirsty McColl as a counterpoint to Shane Macgowan’s harsher voice and lyrics. Kirsty was a great singer and is sadly missed.

My second favourite pop song is by Brit group Slade, and called ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ lead singer Noddy Holder. It was number one Xmas pop song from Xmas 1973 to Jan 1974 and is played widely in UK and other countries every year since then!


Another favourite from the 1973 was Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ lead singer Roy Wood, also played regularly every year.
1973 the glam rock period was was the year for fun festive Xmas pop songs!

In the Bleak Midwinter

Snow in Clever Square, London SE11 on 19/01/2013, photo by PH Morton

Snow in Clever Square, London SE11 on 19/01/2013

Below is my favourite hymn for Christmas. It is divine. This hymn is based on a poem by Christina Rossetti, another favourite.

The music is by Gustav Holst

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

Enough for Him, whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.

Love from Me to You – John Lewis Ad 2008

Love from Me to You – John Lewis Ad 2008

This 2008 John Lewis Christmas Advert was so good I thought. I e-mailed John Lewis then to query if they’ll be releasing the song as a single. They said no. I felt then that it was such a shame as it was better than anything on the chart at that time.

Well it retains it magic to now….

Enjoy!

Silver Bells – Carol


Silver Bells – Carol

This is such a lovely jazzy version by Meaghan Smith. I have always love Silver Bells. I used to sing it all the time in the Philippines back when I was a girl and as a young woman. Although Manila is hot as hot can be, I’ve always thought of white pristine snow at Christmas, chestnuts roasting at an open fire, this is another song. lol I always wanted to see snow at Christmas. Thank the good Lord that I have and it is more than I have imagined!

This is Johnny Mathis version. This man is a mainstay of Christmas songs. He has that unique cool voice.

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