With many live bands and DJs playing at Christmas events over the next month (some of them starting this weekend) we have had a quick survey as to the most requested Xmas song….our survey says “Mariah Carey…All I Want For Xmas Is You” is the most requested Christmas song of 2010 (by clients) so far…we will keep you posted as guests make requests.
I have copied below the Top 5o Old Fashioned (or Classic depending on your point of view!!) Christmas Pop Songs.Many of these are jazz swing favourites from the 1940s/50s and 60s which for an older generation probably remains the classic period for Christmas tunes what with great movies like White Xmas and all the singers like Bing Crosby,Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra making this style their own.
For my generation the 1970s probably had the upper hand with tracks like Merry Xmas Everybody and It’ll Be Lonely This Xmas etched in our memories from many performances on Xmas Top Of The Pops amd their seemingly endless runs on rotation in shopping malls and retail outlets.
For the generation now in their late 50s and 60s it would be the Phil Spector Chrstmas tunes which ticked the box.
I guess it makes sense that Mariah Careys track is so popular as it harkens back to the Spector Xmas era whilst offering the production values needed to set a dancefloor alight in the 2000′s.It’s probably the last truly great Xmas track with X Factor dominating the Xmas chart its been a while since anyone issued a brilliant Christmas song.
Anyway heres the old school Christmas song list….I shall blog more with other suggestions in future posts.
1. Christmas Waltz — Joe Williams
2. Christmas Waltz — Peggy Lee
3. I’ll Be Home For Christmas — Harry Connick Jr.
4. Christmas Waltz — Carpenters
5. White Christmas — Michael Bolton
6. Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Johnny Mathis
7. Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Andy Williams
8. Caroling, Caroling — Nat King Cole
9. Joy To The World — Jim Brickman
10. Old Fashioned Christmas — Carpenters
11. Christmas Song — Natalie Cole
12. It’s Beginning to look a lot
Like Christmas — Johnny Mathis
13. Oh Holy Night — Celine Dion
14. Silver Bells — Carpenters
15. There’s no Place like home
For The Holidays — Carpenters
16. Christmas Song — Nat King Cole
17. Merry Little Christmas — Michael Bolton
18. My Favorite Things –Barbra Streisand
19. Santa Baby — Madonna
20. We Need A Little Christmas — Johnny Mathis
21. Christmas Waltz — Nancy Wilson
22. Jingle Bells — Ella Fitzgerald
23. I Heard The Bells on Christmas– Frank Sinatra
24. Mistletoe and Holly — Frank Sinatra
25. Winter Wonderland — Joe Williams
26. Let it Snow, Let it snow, … — Harry Connick
27. Adeste Fideles (Come all ye..)– Nat King Cole
28. All I Want For Christmas Is You- Mariah Carey
29. Merry Christmas Darling — Carpenters
30. Merry Little Christmas — Carpenters
31. Sleighride — Amy Grant
32. Sleighride — Johnny Mathis
33. Carol Of The Bells — Robert Shaw
34. Silent Night — Frank Sinatra
35. Pattapan — Robert Shaw
36. Wasail Song — Robert Shaw
37. Once Royal in David’s City — Robert Shaw
38. Comin’ Down the Chimney Now — Steve Lawrence
39. Happy Holidays — Peggy Lee
40. Holiday Inn — Bing Crosby
41.Christmas Waltz (Instrumental) –David Rose Orchestra
42.Jingle Bell Rock (Instrumental)–David Rose Orchestra
43. I’ll Be Home For Christmas –Michael Buble
44. Same Old Lang Syne –Dan Fogelberg
45. Do You Hear What I hear –Whitney Houston
46. Coventry Carol —Vienna Boys Choir
47. Low A Rose Er Blooming —Vienna Boys Choir
48. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear —Carpenters
49. The First Noel —-Nat King Cole
50. Away In a Manger —Nat King Cole