Welcome to the Christmas Top Five-a-palooza! This weeks Top Five is Classic Christmas Songs! I know what you are thinking, “if I wanted to listed to this, I could just go to Walmart!” Well at least here, there is no interruptions for extra cashiers. These are all the classics from the 1940s-1970s that are worth listening. I know all songs can be made stagnant by repeat listening, but these are special in that, at least to me, they have a certain something that feels seasonal to me.
1. Bing Crosby – White Christmas. Written by Irving Berlin in 1940, This is the biggest selling song of all time. Having sold over 100,000,000 copies, it is the number #1 selling song in Guinness Book of World Records, which was first published in 1955. This means that since the Book of Records was first published, this song has always been #1. Besides which, the gravelly voice on Bing and the beauty of the lyrics is incredible.
2. Perry Cuomo – It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas. This other crooning classic feels emulates the sound and feel of the hectic Christmas season. Something that always sells me on songs like this is the use of the symphonic instruments and the full sound they create. The songs has a sense of fun and silliness. Classic.
3. Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song. This classic has a more complicated history. This elegant song with it’s colorful imagery fills the season with a sheen of idealism that is perfect for the holiday. The richness of Cole’s voice is impeccable. However, because he was black they would lighten his face on album covers and no one would sponsor his TV specials.
4. Burl Ives – Holly Jolly Christmas. Another classic by a man with a Burly voice. This song has a heavy emphasis on the sense of fun and joy. The song bounces around and is light and joyous.
5. Jose Feliciano – Feliz Navidad. This fast pace, almost rolling song is a classic that makes one want to sing too. Unlike the slower classics above where you are just mesmerized with the voice involved, Feliciano makes you want to sing with him. I always do.