Which artist sang the song Happy Christmas

Music hits for Christmas: the best Christmas songs!

Christmas is a time when you can leave the everyday behind. And true to this motto, the following post on our blog is not about the media and the internet.

Instead, I'd like to make a few suggestions on how to create a pre-Christmas mood by choosing the right songs. And I don't mean traditional Christmas carols like “Oh Christmas tree”, “The snow is falling softly” and all the other Christmas carols that are sung in the family on Christmas Eve. I'm more interested in real pop / rock songs that either fit Christmas lyrically or are closely linked to Christmas for some other reason. And especially with these it is certainly interesting to hear why they are played at Christmas.

Wonderful Dream (Holidays are coming) - Melanie Thornton (2001)

There is a tragic story to tell about this song: Shortly before Christmas 2001, Melanie Thornton died in a plane crash in Switzerland. Trodem, or perhaps because of it, Coca-Cola used this song for their Christmas commercial. This clip with the Coca-Cola trucks driving through a snowy winter landscape and spreading light everywhere is probably the most famous Christmas spot of the lemonade manufacturer and has also led to the enormous success and popularity of the song. And if you don't get goose bumps with this music together with the advertising clip and the appropriate Christmas mood (snow, lighted windows, Christmas cookies), you will probably not have any more joy at Christmas anyway.

All I want for Christmas is You! - Mariah Carey (1994)

Although the song was only released in 1994, there are now countless cover versions. He tells how important it is to spend Christmas together - much more important than gifts, food or other customs. Because when does the family get together in peace these days in the hectic hustle and bustle of everyday life?

Hijo de la Luna - Loona (1998)

The song is actually not original from Loona, but from the group “Mecano”. In Germany, however, the Loona version is best known. It is particularly noteworthy that the song actually has nothing to do with Christmas. It is about a woman who wants a man and who gets a dark-skinned gypsy from the moon. However, the moon demands the firstborn in return. However, this child is white, the father believes in adultery, kills his wife and takes the child away. And whenever the child is happy, the moon shines full.

Do they know it's Christmas? - Band Aid (1984)

When a great famine hit Ethiopia in 1984 and 1985, Bob Geldorf (the inventor of the Live Aid concerts) wrote this song and donated the proceeds to Ethiopia. Almost 50 well-known musicians, such as Paul Young, Phil Collins, Paul McCartney, George Michael and the musicians from Queen sang the song, conveying the Christmas message of solidarity.

Wonderful Christmas Time - Paul McCartney (1979)

After his time with the Beatles, Paul McCartney was also successful as a solo artist and published one of the most famous Christmas hits in 1979.

Little Drummer Boy - Bing Crosby & David Bowie - (1977)

The second oldest song in this collection was written back in 1941. But the original version by Katherine K. Davis is not the best-known recording, but the duet by Bing Crosby & David Bowie from 1977 (the last song by Crosby, he died in 1977). If you don't like this version so much, you have a good chance of finding a version that suits your taste, because this song has been covered countless times by bands and singers of different styles, for example by Jessica & Ashley Simpson. This Christmas carol from the slave boy Michael (the little drummer) is particularly well known in America. He meets the 3 holy kings Kaspar, Melchior and Balthasar on their way to the birth of Jesus Christ. He later witnesses Herod's cruel plan to have the newborn child killed. However, he can warn the three wise men from the East in good time and witness the birth of Jesus.

Last Christmas - Wham! (1984)

If you have paid close attention, you will notice that another song was released around Christmas time in 1984. And it was precisely this song, “Do they know it’s Christmas?”, That “Last Christmas” had to admit defeat on second place in the chart. But it is particularly interesting that the well-known musician George Michael, who was part of this duo and wrote the song, was also involved in the production of “Do they know it's Christmas” in the band Aid.

White Christmas - Bing Crosby (1942)

This song is also part of Christmas. Because “White Christmas”, composed by Irving Berlin and sung by Bill Crosby, is considered the best-selling music track of all time. After such a huge success it is no wonder that this song was covered around 500 times and sold around 125 million times worldwide. And every year at Christmas there is at least one new version ...

Happy Xmas (War is over) - John Lennon (1971)

The next ex-Beatle with a Christmas song is John Lennon. The song was primarily a protest song against the war in Vietnam, but has now also established itself as a Christmas song.

Rudolph the red-nosed Reindeer - Gene Autry (1949)

The story of Rudolph is a modern version of the fairy tale of the ugly duckling. Because of his glowing red nose he is expelled, but is set by Santa Claus as the “spotlight” for his Christmas sleigh. Of course, this song has also been covered many times.

Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Bruce Springsteen (Original from 1934)

Bruce Springsteen produced a popular cover version of “Santa Clause is Coming to Town”. But the same applies here: If you don't like it, you can choose from over 100 other cover versions or give the original by Harry Reser & Tom Stacks a chance.

Feliz Navidad - José Feliciano (1970)

The Christmas carol “Feliz Navidad”, which means “Merry Christmas”, comes from Spain. With its Latin rhythms you will be warm even in the dead of winter!

Sleigh Ride - Amy Grant (original from 1949)

The song is about a person who would like to ride a sleigh with other people on a nice winter day. Numerous cover versions have also been produced here in more than six decades.

Christmas Wrapping - The Waitresses (1981)

A good mood Christmas hit at the end. It is about a single woman who wants to shut herself off completely from Christmas and refuses all invitations. The reason for this is a failed relationship with a man she has met over the past year but never had time to date. She then runs into him again by chance on Christmas Eve, so that everything will be fine in the end.

Florian Beutenmüller is the managing director of the mecodia academy and digital agency. As a media informatics graduate, he works at the interface between technology and users with information technology and media science aspects of media use and digital communication.