Some top Christmas songs include “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “O Holy Night” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” These Christmas staples have endured for decades, with many popular artists performing covers.
Commonly known as “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “The Christmas Song” is one of Nat King Cole’s defining performances. Co-written with singer Mel Torme, the song was a major hit for Cole, who recorded it at least three times throughout the course of his career. Many critics consider the 1961 recording the definitive version.
Judy Garland first performed “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in the 1944 movie musical “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Garland actually sang a different version in the film, which features darker lyrics. Feeling the song was too grim, the film’s producers commissioned a rewrite, which became the widely-known version.
First composed in 1847, “O Holy Night” is part of the Christmas canon, with many different artists offering interpretations of the song. Celine Dion released her own version of the solo vocal composition on her 1998 collection “These Are Special Times,” which became a major hit.
Christmas staple “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” was first written in 1934 and premiered on the Eddie Cantor radio show. The song is a fixture of Bruce Springsteen’s live holiday performances, and he released a version with Jon Bon Jovi in 2003.