Best of Holiday Music

Best of Holiday Music



Christmas music comprises a variety of genres of music normally performed or heard around the Christmas season. Music associated with Christmas may be purely instrumental, or in the case of many carols or songs may employ lyrics whose subject matter ranges from the nativity of Jesus Christ, to gift-giving and merrymaking, to cultural figures such as Santa Claus, among other topics. Performances of Christmas music at public concerts, in churches, at shopping malls, on city streets, and in private gatherings is an integral staple of the Christmas holiday in many cultures across the world.

Music associated with Christmas is thought to have its origins in 4th century Rome, in Latin hymns such as Veni redemptor gentium.[1] By the 13th century, under the influence of Francis of Assisi, the tradition of popular Christmas songs in regional native languages developed.[2] Christmas carols in the English language first appear in a 1426 work of John Awdlay, an English chaplain, who lists twenty five "caroles of Cristemas", probably sung by groups of 'wassailers' who would travel from house to house.[3] In the 16th century, various Christmas carols still sung to this day, including "The 12 Days of Christmas", "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", and "O Christmas Tree", first emerged.[4]

The Victorian Era saw a surge of Christmas carols associated with a renewed admiration of the holiday, including "Silent Night", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", and "O Holy Night". The first Christmas songs associated with Saint Nicholas or other gift-bringers also came during 19th century, including "Up on the Housetop" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas".[5] Many older Christmas hymns were also translated or had lyrics added to them during this period, particularly in 1871 when John Stainer published a widely influential collection entitled "Christmas Carols New & Old".[5] Few notable carols were produced from the beginning of the 20th century until the Great Depression era of the 1930s, when a stream of songs of often American origin were published, most of which did not explicitly reference the Christian nature of the holiday, but rather the more secular traditional Western themes and customs associated with Christmas. These included songs aimed at children such as "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer", as well as sentimental ballad-type songs performed by famous crooners of the era, such as "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and "White Christmas", the latter of which remains the best-selling single of all time as of 2017.[6][7]

Popular Christmas music produced from after World War II until the present day has generally remained thematically, lyrically, and instrumentally similar to the songs produced in the early 20th century. Since the dawn of the rock era in the mid-1950s, much of the Christmas music produced for popular audiences has had explicitly romantic overtones, only using Christmas as a setting. Exceptions such as "The Christmas Shoes" (2000) have re-introduced Christian themes as complementary to the secular Western themes, and a plethora of traditional carol cover versions by various artists have explored virtually all music genres.

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All I Want for Christmas Is You
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" is a Christmas song performed by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey.
Warmer In The Winter
Warmer in the Winter is an upcoming studio album by violinist and composer Lindsey Stirling.
You Make It Feel Like Christmas
You Make It Feel Like Christmas is the upcoming fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Gwen Stefani.
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958.

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Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970)[3] is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. In 1990, she rose to fame with the release of "Vision of Love" from her eponymous debut album. The album produced four chart-topping singles in the US and began what would become a string of commercially successful albums which solidified the singer as Columbia Records' highest selling act. Carey and Boyz II Men spent a record sixteen weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 in 1995–1996 with "One Sweet Day," which became the longest-running number-one song in US chart history. Following a contentious divorce from Sony Music head Tommy Mottola, Carey adopted a new image and traversed towards hip hop with the release of Butterfly (1997). In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards and subsequently named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000.

Carey parted with Columbia in 2000, and signed a record-breaking $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records America. In the weeks prior to the release of her film Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack in 2001, she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. The project was poorly received and led to a general decline in the singer's career. Carey's recording contract was bought out for $50 million by Virgin and she signed a multi-million dollar deal with Island Records the following year. After a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of music charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). The album became the best-selling album in the US and the second-best-seller worldwide in 2005 and produced "We Belong Together," which became her most successful single of the 2000s, and was later named "Song of the Decade" by Billboard. Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received supporting role in Precious (2009), and was awarded the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Throughout her career, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. According to the RIAA, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million certified albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey gained her 18th number-one single in the United States, more than any other solo artist. In 2012, the singer was ranked second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music." Aside from her commercial accomplishments, Carey has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards and has been consistently credited with inspiring a generation of singers.[4] Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she has a five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.

New Holiday Albums23

Artists With New Holiday Albums21

Chart-Topping Songs127

Chart-Topping Albums57

Chart-Topping Artists77

Popular Hanukkah Songs20

Popular Kwanzaa Songs18

Top iTunes Songs9

Best Reviewed Albums22

Best Reviewed Artists17

Popular Holiday Movies48

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Spotify - Featured Tracks147


News Articles19

Massive Christmas trees, holiday music: Executive Mansion lines up holiday open house
  –  November 28, 2017
The Executive Mansion's annual holiday open house is a long-running tradition for my family. Each year, the official home of the governor is decorated for the season and opens its doors to the public. Visitors get to tour the first floor of the historic ...
Pentatonix Debut 'Deck The Halls' Music Video Ahead of 'A Very Pentatonix Christmas' Special Tonight
  –  November 28, 2017
Darci Lynne Farmer and her puppet Petunia join Kirstin Maldonado on stage during A Very Pentatonix Christmas special, which airs tonight, November 27th on NBC. The a cappella group invited the AGT champ, as well as Jennifer Hudson, Brett Eldredge and Jay ...
Orchestra to present classic Christmas music in Gurnee
  –  November 28, 2017
The Lake County Symphony Orchestra will present on Dec. 17 in Gurnee what artistic director Ron Arden calls television's first opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors." "It's the most charming, deeply spiritual lush romantic Christmas piece of music you'll ...
Love it or hate it, Christmas music has a big impact on our health
  –  November 27, 2017
Just as our brain can fire up joy in light of a positive association with Christmas music, it can also spark a flood of sadness and anxiety upon a bad one.AP file / It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or the worst depending, in part, on whether you ...
5 Classic Christmas Songs That Are Actually Super Weird
  –  November 27, 2017
Brace yourselves. Christmas time is officially upon us: which means garland, eggnog, lawn displays, and–of course–music. We know some of you just couldn’t wait to start playing Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You or The Temptation’s ...
A handful of retailers hit mute on Christmas music
  –  November 27, 2017
Many retailers have already begun playing Christmas music in their stores, and many others will likely start this week. Shoppers can take a break from the seasonal tunes at Costco, AutoZone, WinCo Foods and GameStop, four retailers that play no music at all.
Luke Bryan, Kelsea Ballerini, Reba McEntire star in 'CMA Country Christmas'
  –  November 27, 2017
“CMA Country Christmas” will air 7 p.m. Nov. 27 on ABC. “I love Christmas music more than any kind of music,” Eldredge said. “There’s some kind of magic in it that’s hard to find in any kind of music. Just that nostalgia that Christmas music ...
Ballerinas leaping to music from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" help kick off Christmas at the White House.
  –  November 27, 2017
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ballerinas leaping to the strains of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" helped launch Christmas at the White House, featuring a traditional decor that Melania Trump chose for her family's first holiday season in the White House. The first ...
Pentatonix Covers 'Deck The Halls' And It's The Perfect Start To The Christmas Season
  –  November 27, 2017
This time, they're singing "Deck the Halls," a Christmas classic you probably know all the words to. The performance features bass vocalist Matt Sallee, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, who's replaced former Pentatonix member Avi Kaplan ...
Advent Open House to showcase Christmas decorations, music at local churches
  –  November 27, 2017
KINGSPORT — With holiday preparations in full swing, some local churches are coming together to offer community members a peaceful break from the busyness of the season. The event, called the Advent Open House, will allow the public to enjoy Christmas ...
Why Dustin Lynch was pinching himself during his "CMA Country Christmas" debut
  –  November 27, 2017
But there's not been any talks yet, for whatever reason.” “I sing Christmas music year-round,” Dustin explains. “I catch myself in the heat of summer singing Christmas songs, and I know that's when those are supposed to be recorded. So I'll fall ...
Dec. 1 and 2: Celtic Christmas music in Eastsound
  –  November 27, 2017
Enjoy an evening of Celtic Christmas music with Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning, Wendy Goodwin and Eric Miller. Jeff Johnson & Brian Dunning from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, December 1 and Saturday, December 2 at the Community Church in Eastsound. The American/Irish ...
When Should You Start Playing Christmas Music? Kaley Cuoco & Her Boyfriend Don’t Agree
  –  November 27, 2017
For some, the perfect time to blast the first "All I Want For Christmas Is You" of the year falls somewhere between the moment you slide the Thanksgiving turkey carcass into the trash and your 4 a.m. Black Friday wakeup call. Other holiday purists insist ...
Christmas music has a big impact on our health
  –  November 26, 2017
NBC News — It’s the most wonderful time of the year, or the worst depending, in part, on whether you’re a fan of Christmas songs. I’ve been keeping my earbuds in when I go to the supermarket to avoid the wave of holiday cheer that is surely blaring ...
Back Alley Brings “A Christmas Carol” Alive With Music, Carols And Ghosts
  –  November 26, 2017
Back Alley Productions will kick off the holiday season with a theatrical adaptation of A Christmas Carol. This Charles Dickens classic comes to the Mars Theatre with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:30 p.m., from Dec. 2-17.
The colors of Christmas music on display Tuesday
  –  November 26, 2017
We enjoy nature’s display of the yellows, reds and oranges of fall. Soon we’ll see the familiar greens and reds of Christmas. There’s color in music, too. Music-color connections are based on how the melodies make us feel. Jaunty, fast-paced music ...
Psychologist: Christmas music can harm your mental health
  –  November 17, 2017
NEW YORK (CBS Local) Are you one of those people that can’t stand hearing Christmas songs months before the holiday actually arrives? Does hearing festive carols weeks before Thanksgiving only make you upset that you haven’t eaten your turkey yet?
North Pole to the Northwest: Little-known local Christmas music
  –  November 15, 2017
Your browser does not support the audio element. The holidays are nearly here, and rather than succumb to the same old Christmas music, why not explore Pacific Northwest artists from the not-too-distant past who put out some really interesting Christmas ...
Please Stop Playing That Christmas Music
  –  November 14, 2017
This is the most true thing ever. I didn’t need a study to tell me so, of course, but it helps, because, as you are by now well aware, we’ve reached that fascinating point in human history where if it hasn’t been said by an expert none of us can know ...


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