Titles of popular Christmas songs include "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" by Judy Garland, "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" by John Lennon and "Jingle Bell Rock" by Bobby Helms. Other popular Christmas songs are "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby and "O Holy Night."
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" first came out in the 1944 musical movie "Meet Me in St. Louis." Lyrics to the original song were too depressing according to the filmmakers, so they ordered a new version of the song written. That version went on to become the most popular.
Originally released in 1971, John Lennon's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" is a Christmas classic as well as a plea for world peace. Bobby Helms released the first version of "Jingle Bell Rock" in 1957, and it later became a hit. In 2006 Billy Idol recorded his version of the song.
The 1942 film "Holiday Inn” featured the song “White Christmas.” This movie musical won an Academy Award for Best Song in a Motion Picture. Crosby's version from the movie has sold over 50 million copies, as of 2015.
"O Holy Night" was originally composed in 1847 and is a popular choice for solo singing performances. Celine Dion recorded a version of this song in 1998.