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Famous Christmas Songs

When thinking of Christmas songs, the most popular ones come to mind first. These carols are a mix of classic and contemporary tunes that have often been sung by well known artists throughout the years.

Many classics have become favourites that are heard year after year. The traditional Christmas carols seem to be the most well known songs out of the bunch. One of the most successful holiday staples is considered the Irving Berlin classic, "White Christmas". When the talented Bing Crosby recorded this song in 1934, it became the best selling single of all time. The well known wintery tune, "Winter Wonderland", written in 1934, quickly became a Christmas song despite the fact that the holiday is never directly mentioned. Other famous traditional Christmas songs include "Jingle Bells", "Silent Night", "Joy To The World" and the "The Little Drummer Boy" which can be heard every year on the radio and during Christmas specials on television.

Celebrities have made certain Christmas songs memorable simply by performing them during their peak of fame. Respected artist, John Lennon took a stab at writing a Christmas song which became an instant classic. "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" remains a holiday favourite among Christmas carols and continues to spread the concept of world peace. Judy Garland's haunting rendition of "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", which appeared in the 1944 musical, 'Meet Me In St Louis', is still considered one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time. The third time was the charm for singer/songwriter, Nat King Cole, who co-wrote "The Christmas Song" with Mel Torme. The song is rumoured to have been recorded by Cole three times, with the recoding that was released in 1961 being considered the best version. One of the Christmas season's most traditional carol, "O Holy Night", has been sung by a plethora of talented artists. Most notably, Canadian singer Celine Dion, has recorded a version which many praise as one of the best recordings of this song. A favourite among children, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" is a song that one can hear often on the radio during Christmas time performed by 1998's boy band, NSYNC.

Most songs that are played during the Christmas season are classics, while others are made famous by celebrities. Famous holiday songs, whether traditional or not, will be heard at home, in the churches, and in the streets for many Christmases to come.