By the time Christmas comes and goes it takes a lot out of us. The shopping, the cooking, the eating, etc all take a toll on everyone. But what keeps everyone going throughout the whole season and sometimes after that, are the good old Christmas songs. It’s no wonder that some of the oldies have been voted the best of all time.
“Santa Claus is coming to town” – It debuted in 1934 on Eddie Cantor’s radio show and has been with us since. It was penned by Coots and Gillespie with an infectious melody that has lasted for almost a century.
“Let it snow” – Ironically, this song was written on one of the hottest days that was ever experienced in California. Written by Sammy Cahn and composed by Jule Styne, the song came into being in 1945. To add to the irony, both the writer and composer were Jewish.
“Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer” – Originally this was a story written by Robert L. May, which was published in 1939. Later on Johnny Marks turned it into a hit song which has been covered by a myriad of artists. Since then Rudolph has gained prominence and is almost as well known as St. Nick himself.
“Jingle Bells” – Being the oldest song on our list, it was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont. Initially, the song was registered under the name “One horse open sleigh”, but through the ages the name gradually changed to the one we are familiar with now.
“Feliz Navidad” – From the oldest to the youngest, this José Feliciano hit was penned in 1970. It carries a simple message with an infectious tune.