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Top Holiday Songs for 2010

As the first snow recently started dropping the base layer on ski resorts across the country, we all know that the Yuletide season is here. Christmas would never be the same without our loved ones and (of course) our favorite holiday music. Everyone has their favorite holiday tunes; here are the most popular of them all – are any of yours on our list? page go Top Holiday Songs for 2010 Continue reading Top Holiday Songs for 2010 »

Songs with Santa

A holiday icon that we’ve all loved as kids comes but once a year. He brings us presents, eats cookies, drinks milk and hot cocoa, has flying reindeer, a fleet of elves, and a jolly presence that brings a smile to our faces. I’m talking about Santa Claus of course! If you didn’t write him a letter this year asking for your one Christmas wish, you can catch him at your local mall and tell him in person what you so desire. Be sure not to make his naughty list, and he really does check it twice. He’s so famous in fact, that songs have been written and sung about him for years. A legend? I think not! Here are some songs with Santa.

To spread the word about Santa coming on Christmas Eve, you may have heard or even sang this song yourself, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.” This song was written and recorded in 1934 and has been a holiday favorite ever since. Eddie Cantor had a radio show and it was the first place listeners heard the song. It was written by the two songwriters, Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots and instantly became a hit. Artists from Destiny’s Child, to Miley Cyrus, to the legendary Bing Crosby have performed their rendition of the classic hit.

Another holiday favorite about him is, “Santa Baby.” It was written in 1953 by Joan Javitz and was originally performed by Eartha Kitt. Perhaps one of the more memorable acts who have sung this was Marilyn Monroe. The song is about a woman who wants extravagant and expensive gifts like jewelry and a yacht (among other things) and sings them like this, “Santa baby, I want a yacht and really thats not a lot. Been an angel all year. Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight”(“Santa Baby”, Javitz 1953). This song to Santa is probably every woman’s favorite.

A song that has been the inspiration for Christmas movies is, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.” This was written by Tommie Connor and recorded first by Jimmy Boyd. The song was popular that it made the #1 spot on the Billboard Music charts. The lavish store Neiman Marcus loved the song so much that they used it as an idea for Christmas cards sold in their store. The song is about a child who saw their mommy kissing Santa, who was really their dad dressed up in a Santa costume. The movie is a great family film to watch during the holidays, and you’ll get to hear the fun song too.

Do you have any songs about Santa you enjoy listening to over the holidays? What is your favorite present from Santa you have received as a kid (or even as an adult)?

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

Traditional Holiday Music

The Holiday season is filled with good times with friends and family, good food, timeless traditions, and amazing music. Traditional holiday music has the power to bring back memories from family generations and bring together the old and young. Two holidays during the winter that have timeless, classic, and century old music is Christmas and Hanukkah. These holidays have songs that make our all time favorite music lists. Here are some traditional holiday songs from winter holidays.

There are so many classic Christmas songs that have been around for many years. A lot of artists today make modern renditions of some of our favorites. It seems like every top rock, country, or pop artist has a Christmas album. Their albums include some of our old time favorites and new hits. Traditional Christmas songs range from carols, to ballads, to instrumental, to classic songs. Some of our favorite Christmas carols have been around for centuries. Some songs that may sound familiar to you are “Angels We Have Heard On High” or “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” More modern Christmas tunes are songs such as “White Christmas,” “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” or “Silent Night.” A lot of traditional Christmas music is also in some of our favorite movies as well.

Hanukkah songs are beautiful and rich with tradition. The songs are not only about the holiday itself, but go along with lighting candles on the menorah. A famous comedian, Adam Sandler, wrote a comical song about Hanukkah to bring a modern touch to the holiday. A very eloquent and traditional song, “Mi Y’ maleil,” is song in Hebrew and was written about spiritual victory. It has also been translated into an English version, and the titled is translated as “Who Can Retell.” Another classic song about Hanukkah is called, “Light One Candle.” This was written about the Maccabees’ and the struggle for equality and justice and about Judaism through the ages. A common image representing Hanukkah is the dreidel. A song that teaches about the dreidel is called, “I have a Little Dreidel.”

A lot of these songs are played on both traditional and Internet radio stations during the winter season and are both considered main holidays within the season. There are some programs that dedicate the entire month of December to only playing traditional holiday music. What songs bring back childhood memories for you or memories with family and friends? What songs will you play during this holiday season with your friends and family?

About the Author: Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile. For more information please visit http://www.977music.com.

 
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  • About the Author:
    Jeff Bachmeier is owner of 977music.com, an online music and online radio station network providing live streaming Internet Radio channels with music from the 50’s thru Today. Users can also choose to create their own customized on demand playlist through their own social media profile.

    For more information please visit 977music.com.
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