Mango Beat: 10 Timeless Christmas Songs

by Camille Conopio
Originally posted on inquirer.net
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It’s that time of year again when the nostalgic warmth of Christmas music fills the air. With new songs being produced every year and even hitting the big billboards, old favorites never go out of style. Here are some of the songs that truly represent the spirit of the holiday and constantly fill you with a warm and fuzzy feeling every time they’re played on the radio:
All I Want For Christmas Is You
An original Christmas song by RnB singer Mariah Carey, this simple ditty gave a bit more flair to the ever- quiet and somber tones of yesteryear’s carols and melodies while still keeping track of one of the season’s virtues: togetherness.
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Frosty the Snowman
This song, sung by Gene Autry and the Cass County Boys, is a story-like tune about a snowman who came to life and spread holiday cheer as a sort of alternative mascot to the jolly red Santa Claus.
Silent Night
A very slow and solemn song that was made for very peaceful or serious occasions (like church mass). Despite its very slow tone, this old-school hit has stuck around Christmas playlists for decades.
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O, Holy Night
While it is a religious and solemn song much like “Silent Night,” there have been multiple renditions in different styles by different artists. From soul to pop, there have been many imaginative ways to interpret this memorable tune.
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Have Yourself a Merry Christmas
While this song’s tone and lyrics may seem a little sad, it also talks about the thankfulness we should exhibit for the peace and togetherness we experience during the holiday season, making tight families feel fuzzy and warm for the holidays.
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Santa Baby
The song, which was popularized by the dazzling Eartha Kitt, took on a sexy tone compared with the typical nostalgia that the holiday season, or children’s Christmas carols, bring. Renditions of this song of a lady with an expensive taste asking for gifts from Santa Claus were made by other artists like Madonna, Taylor Swift, The Pussycat Dolls, and LeAnn Rimes.
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Joy to the World
One of the all-time classic Christmas carols that express the joy of the coming of the Child Jesus. The words of the song by Isaac Watts, recognized as the father of English hymn, were believed to have been based on the Bible’s Psalm 98.
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White Christmas
Christmas and winter come as a pair. There’s no doubt that this song, which was originally aired on Christmas Day in 1941 for the upcoming movie “Holiday Inn,” is believed to be the best-selling song of all time.
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Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Originally performed by Brenda Lee in 1958, this lively song speaks of the enthusiasm of people that the holiday season brings with all the fun happening around one of the significant symbolic representations of Yuletide, the Christmas tree.
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
A Christmas carol and a plea for peace was written at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis in the Cold War. Songwriter and musician Noel Regney, who experienced war himself, wrote the lyrics. Meanwhile, his wife, composer Gloria Shayne, wrote the music.
Truly, the Yuletide season is a time of joy and happiness, for giving and sharing, and these songs are also a reminder of the many wonderful things we are blessed with.