Music is a central part of Christmas and the tunes can really get you into the festive spirit. Everyone has their own favorite Christmas jingles and these songs are a big part of the tradition during this lovely time.
Next time you are listening to Christmas music you can think about these five fun and interesting facts about Christmas music.
1. Messages All Across The Universe
Christmas songs have truly become universal with their popularity. In 1965 the astronauts Frank Borman and Jim Lovell requested NASA to play I’ll Be Home For Christmas for them.
There have also been Christmas songs that have been inspired by political world events. For instance, the song Do You Hear What I Hear? was originally a plea for peace during the Cuban missile crisis.
2. White Christmas Was Not For All To Sing
One of the most well known Christmas songs is the evergreen classic composed by Irving Bell. White Christmas is a really big hit all over the world and has been sung by many different performers.
But reportedly Irving Bell didn’t want everyone to sing it. When Elvis Presley recorded the classic song in 1957 the composer tried to ban it from the radio. This was because the raunchy reputation Elvis had at the start of his career.
3. Christmas Songs By A Person Who Doesn’t Celebrate It
Interestingly there are also plenty of Christmas jingles written by a person who don’t even celebrate this holiday. Jonny Marks was in fact Jewish but has written some of the most memorable jingles.
You mat have heard hits like Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree and Run Rudolph Run, which are composed by Marks. His Christmas jingle career started in 1949 when he composed the famous Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
4. Big Chart Toppers
Christmas albums are a big hit these days but interestingly enough some of the oldest albums are still the most sold Christmas albums of all time. At number three there is the famous Bing Crosby album from 1945.
The second spot belongs to the King himself, Elvis, with the 1957 album entitled Elvis’ Christmas Album. The most sold Christmas album of all time is by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, A Charlie Brown Christmas.
In more recent years artists like Josh Groban, Celine Dion and Michael Bubble have all had huge Christmas album hits.
5. Summer As An Inspiration
Another really funny fact about Christmas songs is the fact that although they are a perfect fit for the winter season they haven’t been written or composed during the snowy months. There are some songs that have seen the idea spring to mind in the middle of the hottest summer months.
For instance, The Christmas Song, which is more commonly known as The Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire, came up with the song in 1945 during one of the hottest summers in the history.
According to the song writer the composers just wanted to stay cool. Another famous Christmas song ironically composed during the summer is Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Nathan is a huge fan of Christmas music. He is especially into old saxophone inspired music and been his main inspiration for learning how to play the saxophone well. He is also passionate about traveling and loves to experience new cultures.