Some examples of popular contemporary Christmas music are Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)," "Wonderful Christmastime," "Do They Know It's Christmas?" and "The Chanukah Song." Another is "Little Saint Nick."
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" is an original song by Mariah Carey. Released in 1994, the uptempo beat of the song helped it to cross over into the pop genre. The anti-war holiday song "Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" was released as a single by John and Yoko/Plastic Ono Band in 1972. Accompanied by the Harlem Community Choir, John Lennon begins the song with the now-famous line, "So this is Christmas." "Wonderful Christmastime" comes from another ex-Beatle, Paul McCartney. It was released in 1979 on the album "That's Christmas."
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" was released as a single as part of Band Aid, a charity group formed by Bob Geldof and consisting of numerous performing artists, including Sting and David Bowie. While not actually a Christmas song, comedian Adam Sandler's "The Chanukah Song" was originally written as a skit for Saturday Night Live. "Little Saint Nick" was first released in 1963 on "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album" along with other original contemporary Christmas songs such as "Merry Christmas, Baby."