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What are some well-known Christmas songs?

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Some well-known Christmas songs are "White Christmas," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "O Holy Night" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas." "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" and "We Three Kings" are also popular Christmas songs.

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"White Christmas," one of the most popular Christmas songs, was written by Irving Berlin and has been covered by many artists, including Bob Marley, Bette Midler, Kenny Rogers and Taylor Swift. Bing Crosby's rendition of the song is widely considered to be the finest. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" combines joyful lyrics with a somber tone. This song gained popularity in 1944 when Judy Garland sang it in "Meet Me in St. Louis."

"O Holy Night" is a non-secular Christmas song. Considered a moving epic, it was adapted from a 19th century French poem. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a song many associate with experiencing Christmas during wartime. Bing Crosby recorded a version of it that many listeners felt captured the daydreams of GIs during World War II.

"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" is a popular children's song that many artists have recorded, such as Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen. "We Three Kings" was written by clergymen in the mid-19th century and has been recorded by artists such as the Beach Boys.

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