Some popular Christmas songs that are similar to "Jingle Bells" are "We Wish You A Merry Christmas," "Deck the Halls" and "Let It Snow." All these songs have short choruses with repetitive lines that are easy to remember.
English composer Arthur Warrell wrote the modern-day arrangement of the song "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" in 1935. However, the song may have originated as far back as the 1500s. The song refers to the old English tradition of carolers singing for wealthy community members on Christmas eve. In turn, the wealthy were expected to give the carolers treats, like Christmas puddings. The original wording of the main lyric was "I wish you Merry Christmas," but the use of "We" instead of "I" became more popular over time.
"Deck the Halls" dates back to 16th century Wales, but songwriter Thomas Oliphant wrote and published the modern English version in 1862. Oliphant changed the words significantly when he translated the song to English to focus on Christmas. Only the repeated "fa la la" lines of the song are the same. American lyricist Sammy Chan and composer Jule Styne wrote "Let It Snow" in 1945. Between the repeated lines of "Let it Snow," the song tells the story of lovers getting cozy by the fire during a snowstorm. Ironically, the pair wrote the song in July on one of the hottest days of the year.