5 Iconic Christmas Songs. Getting ready for Christmas is a great time to hear your favorite iconic Christmas songs. If you’re unsure what they are, here are five songs that will make you feel festive and warm.
Al Yankovic’s Rudolph’s Christmas carol
Using the latest in high-tech polymers, he’s managed to make this Christmas carol look and sound as fresh as the day it was written. It’s a shame that Weird Al’s squeaky clean vocals don’t come along for the ride. This song has got to be one of the most listened to in the whole world. Fortunately for the aficionados, we have a cappella version tucked away in our burgeoning music collection.
The song is one of those songs you have to listen to believe. There’s something about the aforementioned title track that makes this song a must for any holiday season. This is particularly true when you have the likes of Tim McGraw in front of you. You’ll be singing this tune for quite some time to come. The best part of the experience is knowing that you’ll be listening to one of the greatest songs of your life. You’ll also be able to listen to it at any time of the day or night. Clearly, Weird Al is a music enthusiast at heart. You’ll find this quality in evidence on many of his albums.
He’s also had a long list of hits to his credit, including the one that spawned this gem of a list. The most recent entry, Christmas at Ground Zero, is probably the best album of the bunch. It’s certainly the most ambitious of all the songs on display, but it’s got a lot to brag about. The song has got to be one of the most impressive songs of the millennium, if not the decade. It’s also a screamer to perform on stage. We’ve all seen those terrible holiday shows on TV, but this one sounds like the real deal.
Chris Rea’s Driving Home For Christmas
Originally released as the B-side to his hit “Hello Friend” in 1986, Chris Rea’s “Driving Home For Christmas” has a long and successful career. It has never reached the top of the UK Singles Chart but has topped the charts in more than 20 countries.
The track has a wistful guitar hook and a dreamy tempo. It has been covered by numerous artists. The track has been featured in popular Icelandic Christmas commercials. The song has also been featured in several TV adverts.
“Driving Home For Christmas” has become a popular Christmas staple in many countries. It has been sung by many artists, including Engelbert Humperdinck and Stacey Solomon. It also has a music video, which features real MINI drivers. In the song, a melancholy break comes at the end.
The track has become a popular holiday single and continues to earn around $400,000 a year. It has also appeared on many albums by artists such as Paul McCartney.
Chris Rea was not known as a showman when he first began making music. But “Driving Home For Christmas” changed his career. His guitar melodies and voice were acclaimed by musicians like Van Morrison and Eric Clapton. His career began to take off in the late 1980s. In the late 1990s, his albums scored six consecutive top 10 positions in the UK Singles Chart.
The song was a modest hit in 1988, but it has stayed popular for the last 16 years. The latest remix by Newton Faulkner is a reimagining of the classic with a gentle twang of electric guitar and an acoustic folk-rock tone. The track re-captures the spirit of the original while keeping the melody and lyrics true.
Thurl Ravenscroft’s Sock It to Me Santa
During the 1950s, Thurl Ravenscroft’s Sock It to Me Santa was a classic. It was one of the top-selling albums of the era. It also has a nifty little story behind it. Ravenscroft was hired to sing for Disney in 1955 because Boris Karloff couldn’t sing. Boris Karloff, of course, was the voice of the Grinch.
Ravenscroft also sang “No Dogs Allowed” in the animated movie Peanuts. He also crooned the opening number of the animated film South Pacific. His other noteworthy vocal contribution came in the form of the “This Ole House” song, which went Number One in both the United States and Britain in 1954.
Ravenscroft’s rendition of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” may be a cliche, but it isn’t a bad song. It has a simple melody and a low vocal range, but it isn’t without its complexities. It has some crafty metaphors and comparisons, as well as some edgy dynamics.
The song was not listed in the closing credits of the special, however. This is probably due to the fact that Ravenscroft performed the song in two different ways. He recorded a version for the soundtrack that has less of sound effects, and shorter transitions between verses.
The song may have the most obvious name-brand attribution, but Ravenscroft’s Sock It to me Santa has more sexy things to do than simply singing the words. He also narrated the Pageant of the Masters’ art show at Laguna Beach. He’s also appeared in several Dr. Seuss television specials, including How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, as well as several non-Disney films.
His voice has been featured in several animated films, including Disney’s Haunted Mansion, Snoopy, and the Disney Channel’s Kirby the vacuum.
Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You
Despite the fact that it was released in 1994, Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas Is You has become the definitive holiday song of the past two decades. It is a Christmas classic and the only holiday song to achieve Diamond status. Since its release, the song has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.
The song has been covered by a number of artists, including Michael Buble, Demi Lovato, Shania Twain, and Justin Bieber. “White Christmas” is the eleventh-highest-selling single of all time. It has also earned more than $50 million for Carey. The song has charted in every holiday season since its release.
In 2011, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” topped the Holiday 100 chart for 52 weeks. The song’s success has continued into this year, where it has returned to the chart. It has also sold 3.6 million downloads in the United States.
The Danish collective Alphabeat specializes in time-suspended dance-pop. Their 2012 holiday single features pillowy synths and an affable voice. The lyrics are about longing and sadness. The song was produced by Alex Hope, who has worked with artists such as Sia, Tegan & Sara, and Demi Lovato. The track was also featured on the soundtrack to the film Happiest Season.
The song also topped the charts for eight weeks in Switzerland, five weeks in Slovakia, and nine weeks in Austria. The song was also certified gold in Belgium, Germany, and Denmark.
The song has been covered by Fifth Harmony, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande. It has also appeared on the Glee soundtrack, being performed by the cast of the show.
The song was featured in season three’s Christmas episode, “Extraordinary Merry Christmas.” It is also the first cover version to make it onto the Billboard Hot 100.
Dr. Seuss’ Happy is Right
Whether you are a diehard fan or a first-timer to the holiday season, it is safe to say that you have heard of Dr. Seuss’ Happy is right. This famous Christmas tune has become so ubiquitous that it is a part of our lives, albeit for a brief stint in the mid-eighties. If you are lucky enough to have a friend with an affinity for the festive season, the Otis Redding version is sure to get the party started. Hopefully, you are able to enjoy this festive tune for a few more months before the year ends.
While you are at it, try to remember to pick up a copy of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat if you are in the market for a gift for the kids. This book is a must-have for anyone who loves the written word. This book is filled with fun facts and funky rhymes. It is the book that introduced me to the magical world of Dr. Seuss and his colorful characters.
You can find a copy of The Cat in the Hat in just about any bookstore. It is a bit of a tad pricey, but I can assure you that it will be well worth your while. If you can’t snag a copy of the book, you can also pick it up in a variety of Kindle editions.