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  • Can You Hear What We're Hearing?

    Can You Hear What We're Hearing?

     Even though it seems to creep up closer and closer to Halloween each year, the window on listening to Christmas music is tragically short. With so many Christmas songs out there, which ones are really worth listening to? We decided to compile a list of the ten best originally composed songs of the modern era. So now’s the perfect time to curl up by the fire with a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy our list of the ten best original Christmas singles. 

     

     

  • (All I Want for Christmas) Is My Two Front Teeth- Spike Jones

    (All I Want for Christmas) Is My Two Front Teeth- Spike Jones

    Donald Yetter Gardner wrote this novelty Christmas classic in 1944 after asking his second-grade music class what they wanted for Christmas and noticed that nearly all of the students had at least one front tooth missing as they answered in a lisp. The song was then recorded by Spike Jones & His City Slickers in 1947 and reached the top of the pop charts in 1948 and 1949.

  • Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry

    Run Rudolph Run- Chuck Berry

    This playful, upbeat 1958 Christmas tune, written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Berry, peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in December of that same year and has since been covered by numerous artists including Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Grateful Dead. 

     

  • Last Christmas- Wham!

    Last Christmas- Wham!

    Originally written and produced by Englishman George Michael, this Wham! song came about after Michael decided he wanted to try and claim the coveted Christmas number one spot in the UK in 1984. He ended up losing out to the supergroup Band Aid’s single, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, but the song continued to chart well in subsequent years, and is actually the highest selling single in UK chart history not to reach number one. 

     

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey

    All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey

     Mariah Carey wrote, co-produced, and performed this 1993 Christmas ballad that Rolling Stone Magazine eventually named the fourth greatest Christmas rock song of all time. The song is Carey’s most successful international song to date, and is one of the few modern Christmas songs that is considered a staple on any list.

     

  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Darlene Love

    Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)- Darlene Love

    Ranked first on Rolling Stone’s greatest Christmas rock songs of all time, this song performed by Darlene Love became one of her greatest known songs. For 29 years straight she performed the song on the final episode before Christmas of the Late Show with David Letterman.

     

  • White Christmas- Bing Crosby

    White Christmas- Bing Crosby

    Irving Berlin (who is actually Jewish) wrote this 1942 old-fashioned classic for the movie of the same title while he was in California reminiscing about snow-covered winters. Bing Crosby then performed the version which, according to the Guinness World Records, went on to become the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 100 million copies. 

     

  • Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses

    Christmas Wrapping- The Waitresses

    This fun, up-tempo original Christmas song was written and performed by The Waitresses in 1982, and has since been included on numerous holiday compilation albums in the UK and US. Several artists, including the Spice Girls and Kate Nash, have covered it, and it continues to be featured in films and on TV today. 

     

  • Wonderful Christmastime- Paul McCartney

    Wonderful Christmastime- Paul McCartney

     McCartney recorded this 1979 Christmas song entirely on his own, while recording for his solo project, McCartney II. It peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart, and continues to receive substantial holiday airplay. It is estimated that McCartney makes around $400,000 annually from this song, putting its cumulative earnings near $15 million. Not too shabby. 

     

  • Jingle Bell Rock- Bobby Helms

    Jingle Bell Rock- Bobby Helms

     Writers Joe Beal and Jim Boothe originally penned this 1957 smash hit and asked singer Bobby Helms and guitarist Hank Garland to record it. Helm’s original version peaked all the way at number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song is an homage to the original “Jingle Bells”, as it can be heard being played on the guitar in the background. 

     

  • Christmas Rappin'- Kurtis Blow

    Christmas Rappin'- Kurtis Blow

    Believe it or not, this 1979 Christmas jam from Kurtis Blow was one of hip-hop’s first major label hits, and helped launch Blow’s career. He recorded “Christmas Rappin’” at the tender age of 20, which went on to sell over 500,000 copies, and became the first rapper to ever perform overseas after its release.

     

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