It is Christmas week and we are feeling festive and nostalgic. Nothing lifts the spirts better than some Christmas music. What would be your number one?
We looked back at some Christmas tunes and discovered some interesting facts. Get ready to be dazzled by 5 amazing facts about classic Christmas songs!
Did you know Jingle Bells has been around for more than 150 years?! It was originally published in 1857 as a song to celebrate Thanksgiving – but it has ended up being a solid Christmas classic.
Top Trivia: It was also the first song broadcast from space. How cool is that?!!
White Christmas was written by Irving Berlin and released in 1942. It has been recorded by multiple artists over the years; the Bing Crosby version is the world’s best-selling single (50+ million copies!).
Unfortunately, Irving hated the Elvis Presley rendition and he tried to get it banned from the radio.
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
This Christmas Classic was written by Johnny Marks – the same composer behind ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’, and ‘A Holly Jolly Christmas’.
‘Rockn’ Around The Christmas Tree’ is not just a festive hit, but it is also played during the memorable scene in Home Alone when Kevin McCallister pretends to have a party to deter the burglars.
Interesting fact? Brenda Lee, the singer behind this one, was only 13 years old when she recorded it!
All I want for Christmas
This Mariah Carey mega hit is belted out by us all every year, but did you know it was written in only 15 minutes and recorded in August? Nice one Mariah – she has earned over 60m in royalties!
Santa Baby is a tongue-in-cheek look at a Christmas list and its slightly suggestive nature has caused some controversy. It has still been a huge success though – both for its release in 1953 and later with artists Kylie, Madonna, and Robbie Williams.
Eartha Kitt, the original singer tried to emulate the release success with the sequel in 1954 ‘This year’s Santa Baby’. It was a huge flop.
Let us know what song you are listening to! Enjoy, raise a glass and we wish you a very merry Christmas.