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5 Best Christmas Songs

Monday, 20 Dec 2010 09:59 AM

Christmas songs make up an important component of the holiday season. Without them, it wouldn't feel much like Christmas.

Determining the five best Christmas songs is difficult to do.What makes these Christmas songs the best is that they transcend gender and age. These five songs come around year after year and most people look forward to hearing them:
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1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Charles Wesley originally wrote this song in 1739, but it continues to be heard still in 2010. Music artists of every genre have covered this song, giving it their own flavor. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing is sure to be heard for many years to come.
2. Silent Night
Most people would agree that without "Silent Night" Christmas wouldn't be Christmas. Many people are unaware that the original song was written by Josef Mohr in German. It wasn't until 1863 that the song was translated into English. This is another song that many famous artists have sung and included on their Christmas albums.
3. White Christmas
With over 50 million copies sold, it would be hard to argue that this song isn't one of the best Christmas songs ever written. Originally written by Irving Berlin, Bing Crosby made it famous and it remains so to date.
4. The Christmas Song
The Christmas Song is probably best known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire." There have been many famous names attached to this song but the best known version may be the one sung by Nat King Cole, who was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974.
5. Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
This popular children's Christmas song has also been a favorite for adults since 1949. It was originally written as a marketing tool for Montgomery Ward, a famous department store in 1939.

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