The Christmas season brings with it a sense of unity and joy that prevails throughout the month of December the various events to share the joy of the allusive songs at family gatherings or among friends.
The Christmas spirit is related to elements such as the Christmas tree, decorative lights, decorations and cribs, which create a sense of peace and harmony. An element that sets the mood for the season of family, work and friends gatherings are Christmas carols and songs.
“Christmas carols and songswith its musical rhythm and lyrics, call us to live this holiday with much more emotion,” said Deborah Chiriboga High, general director of the North American Ecuadorian Center (CEN), who shared a selection of classic songs in English, which together, are part of the ideal playlist for this Christmas.
Chiriboga highlights Brenda Lee’s Christmas song ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’, which just reached number one on the US singles chart on the 65th anniversary of its publication over Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’.
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1. Rocking around the Christmas tree (Brenda Lee)
Written by Brenda Lee, this single was written by the artist when she was just 13 years old, in 1958. After 17 years, the single was recorded and included in her album Merry Christmas in 1964.
2. Jingle Bell rock (Bobby Helms)
The well-known Christmas carol was first performed in 1957 by the famous singer-songwriter Bobby Helms. Thanks to its fame and popularity, it has remained in history not only as the first Christmas rock and roll, but also as one of the must-see songs of the Christmas season.
3. It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas (Michael Buble)
“This song was originally written in 1951 by Meredith Wilson, but has been covered by numerous artists over the years. One of the most recent and acclaimed versions is that of Canadian singer Michael Bublé, from 2011; which usually marks the beginning of the Christmas season, when people prepare to decorate their workplaces and homes to create a festive atmosphere,” said the CEN representative.
4. The war is over (John Lennon)
War is Over, also known as Happy Xmas, is the work of the famous former member of The Beatles, John Lennon. The song was recorded in 1971 and features a children’s choir from the Harlem Community Choir.
5. Santa Claus is coming to town (Port Gillespie)
Within the Christmas carol category, this is without a doubt one of the pieces that has had the most replicas from various renowned artists such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Luis Miguel, Michael Bublé, The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Seal, among many others. This original work by Haven Gillespie, from 1932, emphasizes the image of Santa Claus, in Spanish, the character fervently admired and expected by children at the time.
6. All I want for Christmas is you (Mariah Carey)
Mariah Carey is the co-writer of this single, produced by Columbia Records in 1992. Throughout her career, Carey has performed multiple versions of the song on promotional tours, radio appearances, television and across various platforms.
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7. Last Christmas (bomb)
8. Have a Merry Christmas (Steve Perry)
This song was composed in 1944 by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane as part of the soundtrack to the film “Rendezvous in St. Louis.” This tune became popular when Frank Sinatra performed it, even adapting the original lyrics. In addition, Steve Perry included it in his Christmas album The Season, which was released on Spotify in 2021. This piece occupies position #76 within the 100 most representative songs of American cinema.
9. Jingle bells (Barbra Streisand)
Jingle Bells was originally written by James Pierpont in 1857, and has since undergone adaptations dating back to 1968, up to the most recent versions such as the one performed by Sheryl Lee Ralph and Curtis Wilson in 2022. One of the most relevant adaptations without a doubt is it was that of Barbra Streisand, released in 1967 in her first Christmas album, classified as one of the best-selling of all time.
10. White Christmas (Bing Crosby)
Irving Berlin was the author of this piece; However, the Guinness Book of Records ranks Bing Crosby’s version as the best-selling single of all time, selling over 50 million copies.
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